Wanderlei Silva promises to knock out Brian Stann in the 3rd round

Posted on February 28, 2013, 11:07 AM by Mike Drahota
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This Saturday will mark the first return to Saitama Super Arena in seven years for famed MMA legend Wanderlei Silva. Making his name as “The Axe Muyrderer” as Pide FC's longtime champion, he mowed down top-level opponents left and right to become a hero to many in Japan.
Now at the tail end of his career, Silva still believes he has some fight left in him. Making his way to the UFC, he still brings the tenacity and agressiveness that made him champion. Now he is faced off against another power striker in Brian Stann, who holds respect for all of Silva's accomplishments:
 The popularity of my opponent, Wanderlei Silva, is very well deserved. I myself, when I first thought about coming into this sport, my favorite fighter was Wanderlei Silva. I would watch his fights in Pride and I would just marvel at the tenacity that he brought inside of the ring and how he fought.
Great praise from the always classy Stann, who seeks to knock opponents out while maintaining respect. Wanderlei himself had quite a specific prediction for the March 2nd main event at yesyerday's UFC on Fuel TV 8 press conference:
“I promise I'll knock him out in the third round,” he said. 
Quite the bold prognostication from Silva, who of course always looks for the knockout. While his skills may declining after many wars with the world's best fighters, he insists he is not done with MMA in any shape or form. However, a brutal loss could persuade that to happen.
But a vintage Wanderlei Silva win over a tough martial artist like Stann could bring back memories of when Silva tore up the Super Arena on a regular basis. What is your prediction for this weekend's main event?

This Saturday will mark the first return to Saitama Super Arena in seven years for famed MMA legend Wanderlei Silva. Making his name as “The Axe Murderer” as Pide FC's longtime champion, he mowed down top-level opponents left and right to become a hero to many in Japan.

Now at the tail end of his career, Silva still believes he has some fight left in him. Making his way to the UFC, he still brings the tenacity and agressiveness that made him champion. Now he is faced off against another power striker in Brian Stann, who holds respect for all of Silva's accomplishments:

"The popularity of my opponent, Wanderlei Silva, is very well deserved. I myself, when I first thought about coming into this sport, my favorite fighter was Wanderlei Silva. I would watch his fights in Pride and I would just marvel at the tenacity that he brought inside of the ring and how he fought."

Great praise from the always classy Stann, who seeks to knock opponents out while maintaining respect. Wanderlei himself had quite a specific prediction for the March 2nd main event at yesterday's UFC on Fuel TV 8 press conference:

“I promise I'll knock him out in the third round,” he said. 

Quite the bold prognostication from Silva, who of course always looks for the knockout. While his skills may declining after many wars with the world's best fighters, he insists he is not done with MMA in any shape or form. However, a brutal loss could persuade that to happen.

But a vintage Wanderlei Silva win over a tough martial artist like Stann could bring back memories of when Silva tore up the Super Arena on a regular basis. What is your prediction for this weekend's main event?


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  • Courtes
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    lol no offense, but this fight doesnt last longer then 5 minutes

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  • darejz00
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    With that shirt it should say Pelican Bay on the mic.....

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  • Baby Ads
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    its either the axe murderer gets knock out or stann, but im sure the axe murderer dont fight to win a decision its a show to entertain the people. Lone live the axe murderer.

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  • Dabs
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    This is another example of when a post should have the "funny" option alongside cool and poor....

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  • falcon4917
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    I am sorry but promises are only a little bit more guaranteed as a full out lie these days. If you don't are you a man of your word?

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  • Brian Cox
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    I just hope he wins.

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  • NateDogg
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    He wont. Wanderlei has past his prime. I hope he doesnt take to much damage in this fight.

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  • x murderer
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    of course he has. but lets not forget he beat bisping who beat stann. then again he lost twice to franklin who got destroyed by a guy that wanderlei knocked out. I guess styles make fights. wands chin has showed serious weaknesses. not the best basis for beating stann. if he moves like he did agaings cung lee he might win this.

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  • Brian Cox
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    @ Nate

    He may not, but then again, he may as well. He's everything Stann is and more and he's only four years older, but with a ton more experience.

    I actually think this is a very good fight for Wand, it's right up his alley.

    Either way, I hope its a good fight. The card itself is very solid, particularly for being free. :-)

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  • Baby Ads
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    @natedogg: but its still gonna be a knockout f wanderlei silva wins.

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  • KeithFarrell
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    I'll be picking Stann to win but if Silva comes in the best he's look in a long time then he can deliver on his promise.

    Bisping was landing clean hard shots on Stann, so if Wand is able to do the same, with his power and cardio he could get the KO

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  • Brian Cox
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    @ Keith

    I think if Wand beats Stann, it says more than Stann beating Wand. Regardless of the round or which one lands it, I think the prediction of a KO in this fight is accurate, though.

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  • mmagym
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    excited for this fight, surprised wand has said the third round. someones getting ktfo in 1st.

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  • enjoylife321
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    I just hope wanderlie brings back the pride stare.....!

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  • griffin
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    thats funny cuz i was picking brian stann by ko in the 3rd round

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  • terra2805
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    I absolutley love Wandy man!.....i mean how can you NOT love that guy?!......but the sad reality is that Stann has an iron chin, as well as devastating KO power in both hands.....and at some point....they will stand in the pocket and exchange.....that's where i see it going wrong for Wanderlei....Wandy has a lot of heart and pride.....and when his opponent initiates an exchange.....Wandy will fire back.....no doubt......but IMO that will play into Stanns hands and i think we'll see a similar fight to Wandy and Leben.....and we know how that ended.....Fair play to Wandy though.....STILL fighting the toughest guys out there.....not picking no 'easy' fights.....i also have a lot of respect for Stann too.....this is just a bad match up for Wanderlei IMHO but you never truly know.......anything CAN happen in MMA after all.....

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  • IChokePeople
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    Wandy is a lot better than he seems to get credit for now. He beat Bisping fairly recently and Stann isn't nearly as good. The thing is, will Wandy come to win or put on a show? If he comes to win he will beat Stann. If comes to put on a show like he did against Leban and Le then he will get KOd. The old chin aint what it used to be. All that said, I have Stann in the picks.

    Reply 1 year ago