Prior to the bout, many pundits likely that “The Axe Murderer”might have been confronting his last in-cage appearance. A leader injust 3 of his formerly 10 fights, Silva appeared to betailor-made to drop at the hands of the hard-punching Stann.Instead, the Brazilian incited back the timepiece at Saitama Super Arenain Saitama, Japan, interlude Stann with a second-round blast ofviolence.
“I are unaware what happens here in Japan, man. The fans only giveme a lot of energy,” Silva told Fox Sports subsequent to his victory.”I’m so cheerful to make all my fans around the world happy. That’swhy we fight. we free-for-all for you. I’m here since you and my God,so interjection is to great support.”
Though Silva would sign the treat in second round, his chances atvictory were extremely uncertain at most appropriate in the gap frame, as both menhit the board in a furious initial 5 minutes.
“I got out of the plan in the initial turn a small bit, becausehe’s a difficult guy. He was so shut to violence me,” Silva said.”After we ended the initial round, my trainer told me to [throw] theright hand, and it happened.”
Silva’s correct clipped Stann immaculately as the American lungedforward, receiving divided his change and developing an gap for “TheAxe Murderer” to home a glancing left that sent Stann disorder tothe canvas. From there, the result was elementary, as Silva struckhis bleeding challenger with 4 aroused correct hooks to the head,relieving him of his alertness and securing Silva his firstvictory on Japanese dirt since July 2006.
“He’s a difficult guy; Brian Stann is a great opponent. I’m so cheerful tofight a man similar to him and to only make a free-for-all similar to that,” Silvasaid of the hard-fought contest. “I’m there to fight. I’m not thereto run. we admire to free-for-all with guys similar to that. Thanks so sufficient toBrian Stann for fighting me.”
Though Silva ruled the Pride Fighting Championships’ 205-pounddivision for more than 5 years, the 36-year-old has morerecently competed at 185 pounds with the difference of tonight’slight heavyweight showdown with Stann. While Silva looked pointy inhis lapse to his one-time weight class, it is now unclearwhether the 16-year pro will sojourn a UFC light heavyweight.
“This was a special fight,” mentioned Silva. “The guys at lightheavyweight are so big. we are unaware what is going to come about next.”