Wanderlei Silva is over-joyed to be returning to the country where he first made a name for himself. Silva will meet Brian Stann at UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann in early 2013 from Japan.
“The Axe Murderer” rose to prominence while competing in Pride. He joined the UFC roster after the promotion acquired the assets of Pride.
“Japan has a different atmosphere, a different energy,” Silva said. “I’ll be tasting that energy again on March 3. I can only guarantee one thing to my opponent and to all of you who will be watching: you will see a Wanderlei full of disposition.”
Silva added that he will be “testing Brian Stann’s chin. I am feeling stronger, faster and more explosive. This fight will be a classic.”
Silva (34-12-1) has alternated wins and losses in each of his last five fights, including a setback vs. Rich Franklin earlier this year. He is a former Pride middleweight champion, and also won the 2003 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix.
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