According to a March 3 report from MMA Junkie, Brian Stann (12-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) was having his way with MMA legend Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 8 event for much of the first round.
Unfortunately for him, being overaggressive left him susceptible to what Silva is best at, which is throwing a hard, overhand right.
The end result was a second-round TKO from Silva, which secured his place as one of the most entertaining, exciting MMA fighters of all-time.
"I think maybe I tempted fate a little bit by signing to meet Wanderlei in Japan, and it was just his night," Stann said. "My hat's off to him. He's one of the greatest fighters, ever, and I'm proud to be a part of his legacy."
As for Silva, the win ensures he'll be able to hold off on retirement for at least one more fight.
"I'm happy to fight in Japan again. I have the best moments in my life here, and today is one more. I feel the energy here, the energy of the Brazilian fans, the Japanese fans. I feel really happy to fight over here," Silva said. "I had a dream before I retired to fight in Brazil and fight here. I'm so glad the UFC gave me the opportunity to fight one last time in Brazil and fight here. I hope the UFC will give me a chance to come back here."
The loss left Stann heartbroken, and he's not sure where to go from here. "It was a good, tough fight, and I abandoned my plan a little bit by getting overaggressive," Stann said following his UFC on Fuel TV 8 loss.
Stann is a true American hero and a talented broadcaster, but the cold, hard fact is that he has lost three of his last four UFC fights.
Overall, he's just 6-5 in the UFC, a far worse record than Jon Fitch, who was recently released from the promotion.
The UFC has a history of dropping fighters from its roster after back-to-back losses, which is exactly what Stann looks to bounce back from.
Stann plans on a return to middleweight after moving up to 205 pounds for the UFC on FUEL TV 8 headliner, but no word yet if the UFC will send him his walking papers. Crazier things have happened.