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Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann Headlines UFC on Fuel TV 8

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Published on December 14, 2012 with No Comments

The “Axe Murderer” is headed back to Japan.

Former Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva will compete in the Land of the Rising Sun for the first time since 2006 when he faces off with former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann in the headlining fight of UFC on Fuel TV 8 on March 3.

The five-round main event will take place at 205 pounds—despite the fact that both fighters have competed at 185 pounds in recent bouts. The Saitama Super Arena north of Tokyo will host the event, which due to the time difference, airs live on March 2 in North America.

Silva is coming off a hard-fought war with Rich Franklin at June’s UFC 147 in his native Brazil. The 36-year-old has alternated wins and losses over his last four fights and will look to get back on track against Stann.

The former U.S. Marine Stann was climbing toward a middleweight title shot until he dropped a decision to Michael Bisping at UFC 152 in September. The knockout artist has gone 4-2 since dropping weight classes, but will make a one-time, return appearance at light heavyweight to take on the MMA legend.

In addition to the main event, the promotion revealed seven other bouts. Heavyweights Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve will lock horns in a rescheduled bout from UFC 146, former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi will battle Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez, welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada meets Dong Hyun Kim, Riki Fukuda faces off with Brad Tavares at middleweight, Brazilian Cristiano Marcello will welcome fellow lightweight Kazuki Tokudome to the Octagon, veteran bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki and Bryan Caraway clash, and TUF veteran Alex Caceres takes on promotional newcomer Kyung Ho Kang.

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