Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits Japan for the second year in a row for its eighth -- and arguably best to date -- FUEL TV mixed martial arts (MMA) event as UFC on FUEL TV 8: "Silva vs. Stann" goes down this Saturday evening (March 2, 2013) in Saitama, Japan.
A five-round light heavyweight contest serves as the main event as former Pride FC middleweight (203 pounds) champion Wanderlei Silva returns to Japan for the first time since 2006 to take on former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 205-pound champion Brian Stann in a fight sure to end in a highlight-reel finish.
With the event just days away and anticipation growing for the UFC's third event in three weeks, let's take a few minutes to review some event-related facts about UFC on FUEL TV 8.
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- Silva fights in Japan for the first time since Sept. 2006, a span of 2,366 days.
- Silva and Stann both return to the light heavyweight division in the main event. Silva last fought at 205 pounds in Dec. 2008, while Stann's last bout in the weight class was Feb. 2010.
- Of a combined 33 MMA victories, Stefan Struve and Mark Hunt have finished 29 opponents by (technical) knockout or submission.
- Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami is the only match up on the card that pits two fighters in the Top 10 of their weight class against one another.
- Bryan Caraway has earned 14 of his 17 professional victories by submission, 10 via rear-naked choke. His opponent, Takaya Mizugaki, has only lost once by submission in his 25-fight career (via rear-naked choke).
- Silva has three wins and seven losses in his past 10 fights.
- The UFC on FUEL TV 8 main card features fights from six different weight classes, tying UFC 144 and UFC 145 for the most ever.
- Takanori Gomi is undefeated (2-0) in the UFC when fighting in Asia.
- Dong Hyun Kim and Siyar Bahadurzada both defeated Paulo Thiago in their last fight. Kim won by unanimous decision, while Bahadurzada won by knockout in 42 seconds.
- Nine of the 22 fighters scheduled to compete on the card are of Asian decent (six Japanese, three South Korean).
- Struve vs. Hunt pits the heavyweight division's youngest fighter (25) vs. oldest fighter (37) and tallest fighter (7'0") vs. shortest fighter (5'10").
- Diego Sanchez competes in the lightweight for the first time since failing to capture the 155-pound title from B.J. Penn in Dec. 2009.
- Rani Yahya has earned 15 of his 17 career victories by submission.
- According to Fight Nomics, Silva and Stann share a combined 14 knockdowns in the Octagon.
- Hunt will attempt to win a fourth straight fight for the first time since 2006.
- The 22 fighters on the card share a total of 113 UFC fights, 58 of which (51 percent) have ended by decision, 36 by (technical) knockout (32 percent) and 19 by submission (17 percent).
- Yushin Okami will fight his 17th UFC middleweight bout, the second most in the organization's history behind Chris Leben (20).
- Kim has not finished an opponent since a technical knockout of Jason Tan in his UFC debut at UFC 84 in May 2008.
- Struve's current four-fight UFC win streak is the longest of any fighter in the heavyweight division.
- All 10 fighters on the "Prelims" portion of the card won their last fight and overall 18 of the 22 participants enter the event off a victory.
- Silva vs. Stann marks just the fourth time in the last 50 UFC events where the main event features two fighters coming off a loss (Jim Miller vs. Melvin Guillard at UFC on FX 1, Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida at UFC on FX 4 and Ross Pearson vs. George Sotiropoulos at UFC on FX 6).
That's a wrap for this set of UFC facts.
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