Madness in Japan: Wand knocks out Stann, Hunt destroys Struve!
It was an extremely interesting and unpredictable UFC event in Japan. A number of fights ended in split decisions, which in itself says enough of how exciting it was. And the two main bouts were the culmination. Wanderlei Silva managed to knock out Brian Stan, while Mark Hunt took Stefan Struve by surprise!
Early in the morning (Central European Time), the UFC offered a lot more excitement than anyone could have hoped for, and this is especially true for the last two fights, won by Wanderlei Silva and Mark Hunt.
It was off to a good start already in the first fight when Hyun Gyu Lim managed to knock out his opponent with a knee kick, with a succession of bouts that needed to be decided by judges. And those guys had a lot of work, with some hard choices to make, as proven by the number of fights that ended in split decisions.
One of the bigger upsets of the evening was a defeat of Hector Lombard, who lost by split decision after 15 minutes of struggle with Yushin Okami.
Stefan Struve had claimed he'd destroy experienced Mark Hunt, saying he would even deserve a heavyweight title shot afterwards, but it looks like he'd jumped the gun on this one. At the very start, Struve tried to bring down his opponent with a high kick, he failed and a very fierce response came in the form of a series of blows. The fighters soon ended up on the ground, where Struve dominated and, at one point, almost forced a submission.
Hunt continued aggressively in a stand-up fight and he was quite dangerous there, but once again came close to losing on the ground, where Stefan's size came to the forefront. Not long after the last round started, Hunt landed several straight punches, the Dutchman ended up on the floor and Mark thought the job was over, already starting to celebrate his victory, but the referee made it clear for him it was not the end, only to change his mind soon afterwards, saving Struve from taking extra damage.
In the main event, the crowd was literally on its feet, as hardly anyone could remain seated when in the middle of round one it came to an unbelievable exchange of blows, such as not been seen in the UFC for quite some time. Stann was the first to go down, but quickly got back on his feet, and seconds later, Wand was knocked down as well, having taken some wicked punches.
Following the first round, in which each of the fighters survived a knockdown or two, the second part headed into calmer waters, and it was all over late in the second round when Stann ventured an attack and Wand countered with a right hook and left cross which sent the fighter to the floor, and after several additional ground punches the referee had to react quickly to save Stann from more severe injuries.
UFC on Fuel results:
Wanderlei Silva def. Brian Stann – KO (punches, 2R, 4:08)
Mark Hunt def. Stefan Struve – TKO (punches, 3R, 1:44)
Diego Sanchez def. Takanori Gomi – split decision
Yushin Okami def. Hector Lombard – split decision
Rani Yahya def. Mizuto Hirota – unanimous decision
Dong Hyun Kim def. Siyar Bahadurzada – unanimous decision
Brad Tavares def. Riki Fukuda – unanimous decision
Takeya Mizugaki def. Brian Caraway – split decision
Kazuki Tokudome def. Cristiano Marcello – unanimous decision
Alex Caceres def. Kyung Ho Kang – split decision
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Marcelo Guimaraes – KO (knee, 2R, 4:00)