If you squinted just right, as the lights flashed and ‘Sandstorm’ was blaring in the Saitama Sports Arena while Wanderlei Silva walked to the Octagon for his fight at UFC on Fuel 8, there was a vibe of a classic PRIDE fight. And, when Silva knocked out Brian Stann in the second round in the Fight of the Night (and Fight of the Year candidate), there was no question it was a special moment in the history of the UFC.
Last night’s main event was a legacy fight for both combatants, serving as one of the rare rumbles where both fighters won. Sure, Silva technically took home the victory, got a knockout bonus, and had his hand raised, but it’s impossible to call Stann a loser after the gutsy effort he put forth in their tilt.
The pro’s were just as impressed by the performances of both Stann and Silva. Here is what they were saying about the main event after it took place…
Dana White- Holy shit Wanderlei looked good 2 night!!!!
Nam Phan- And that was some classic wanderlei silva. Nice ko
Jason High -Holy sh*t. HOLY SH*T. Wanderlei Silva is the man bro. Damn
Patrick Cote- the legend is still alive !!! DAMN !!!!
Michael Bisping- Gutted for Brian stann.
Chris Clements- After the career Wand had in Japan the fight Gods owed him that. That was beautiful!
Eddie Alvarez- So Happy 4 Wand and sad for Brian , but In a sport where putting on ur time means everything, Wand finds his Glory tonight !
Bjorn Rebney- Wow, that was an insane, spectacular thing of beauty@wandfc. What a great, great fight by a great warrior.
Costas Philippou- Good to see @wandfc go out with a win. Good night of fights!
Cung Le- WOW! Congratulations to WAND!