Two of the hardest-hitting light heavyweights in mixed martial arts (MMA) will collide in Saitama, Japan, as Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann are set to headline UFC on FUEL TV 8 this weekend (Mar. 3, 2013) when the promotion heads back to "The Land of the Rising Sun."
The fight will signal a return for both men to the 205-pound weight class after fighting in the middleweight division the past few years.
The "All American," however, will not be making it a permanent home because "wresting with bigger guys doesn't make sense." He simply took the fight at the request of the promotion and saw it as an opportunity to be a part of "The Axe Murder's" storied fighting career; which could be nearing an end with the 36-year-old Silva seemingly in the twilight of his career.
Though Stann admits Silva isn't as dangerous as he was four years ago, he knows he is in for one hell of fight when he steps into the Octagon at Saitama Super Arena, which just so happens to be Wanderlei's old stomping grounds, competing a good portion of his career in the famed arena while ruling the PRIDE FC promotion.
In fact, should the bout go the distance, Stann is prepared to make a subsequent visit to the local plastic surgeon's office.
He explained on his recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"It depends on what Wanderlei comes out, but, I suspect it will the Wanderlei we have seen in recent years where he's a little bit more retreating in the first round, comes forward in the second round and looking to counter-punch with a big right hand. Regardless, I'm going to be aggressive for five rounds. If it goes five rounds, we are both going to need plastic surgery. I suspect it will go no more than three and somebody is going to be unconscious at the end of this fight."
Going under the plastic surgeon's knife is nothing new for 'The Axe Murderer," who underwent a medical facial reconstruction procedure in 2009 to remove scar tissue around his nose and eye area to prevent from getting easily cut and to fix a sleep apnea issue.
Get Silva's full explanation of the procedure here.
Both men are coming off losses with Silva falling to Rich Franklin at UFC 147 in a catchweight fight of 190 pounds while Stann lost a unanimous decision to Michael Bisping at UFC 152 in the middleweight division.
While the bout is a one-time only trip back to the light heavyweight division for Stann, Wanderlei will look to keep his career going a bit longer with a win as he hopes to remain in the weight class he prospered in for the majority of his career.
What say you Maniacs, who wins this battle of heavy-handed brawlers?