UFC On Fuel TV 8 goes down in Japan tomorrow evening and we’ve got our predictions for all the nights fights for you below.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
The heavy-handed Stann doesn’t seem like a good match-up for Silva at this stage in his career given his weakened chin. He’d be wise to break out some of his underutilized ground skills here, but that’s just not Silva’s way and I think a stand-up battle with ‘The All-American’ is going to end badly for him.
Brian Stann to win by KO in Rd1.
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
If this fight hits the mat then a submission victory for Struve is almost guaranteed. The question is whether he can get the fight there before Hunt ends his night with a knockout punch.
That outcome is certainly possible as despite having big holes in his striking defense exploited several times in the past Struve still hasn’t successfully fixed the problem. However, I still think it’s more likely we’ll see Hunt’s unexpected string of wins coming to an end here by first round submission.
Stefan Struve to win by submission in Rd1
Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez
Moving back down to 155lbs is a good fit for Sanchez and in Gomi I think he’s landed a favorable fight.
Sanchez is the better all-round fighter here, has the chin to withstand a bomb or two from his heavy-handed opponent, and perhaps crucially has a vastly superior work-rate and overall cardio which should mean that he’s going to be firmly in the driving seat in the later rounds. I see him tiring Gomi out and claiming a late ground and pound stoppage.
Diego Sanchez to win by TKO in Rd3.
Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami
If this fight plays out on the feet then Lombard is the clear favorite with his vicious power and superior striking arsenal, but Okami is almost certain not to be planning on indulging him in that regard.
Instead Okami’s usual wrestle-heavy approach is sure to come into play in this fight and while Lombard is not out of his element on the mat Okami is notoriously difficult to deal with from top control. Lombard has the judo and the strength to cancel out Okami’s skills in those areas however which could nullify his effectiveness from the clinch in particular, and I think that might give the former Bellator champ the time he needs to make an impression on the feet.
Hector Lombard to win by TKO in Rd2
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Another striker vs grappler match-up here. Kim will probably be doing all he can to get this one to the mat, while Bahadurzada will be hoping to thwart that with his own lethal brand of striking.
Bahadruzada has been stopped by submission in the past, and while I don’t see Him going down that route I do think he can get him to the mat and control him to claim the decision win.
Dong Hyun Kim to win by decision.
Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya
Hirota is perhaps the more dangerous striker here, but Yahya’s got the edge on the mat and I see him claiming a second round tapout here.
Rani Yahya to win by submission in Rd2
Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares
Bryan Caraway vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Alex ‘Bruce Leeroy’ Caceres vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Hyun Gyu Lim