The Ultimate Fighting Championship will head back to the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan for the “UFC on Fuel TV 8” fight card on March 3. The event is packed with intriguing matchups, headlined by a five-rounder featuring Brian Stann and Wanderlei Silva.
Here are my predictions for the entire UFC on Fuel TV 8 fight card.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
Silva (34-12-1, 24 KOs) has the more diverse arsenal of strikes while Stann (12-5-0, 9 KOs) hits a lot harder. Silva is the more-rounded fighter, but he tends to worry more about entertaining fans than actually winning fights. If Silva chooses to use his superior grappling skills to dominate the action, he should be able to impose his will.
However, Wanderlei will likely try to bang with “The All-American” at some point in the bout, and it’s hard to see his chin holding up against Stann’s power.
Prediction: Stann wins via KO.
Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt
Struve (25-5-0, 16 submissions) has been on a tear lately, racking up wins against Pat Barry, Dave Herman, Lavar Johnson, and Stipe Miocic. Hunt (8-7-0, 5 KOs) also has a lot of momentum going into UFC on Fuel TV 8 which should lead to an entertaining fight.
Struve is the more-rounded fighter going into the bout, and his 84.5-inch reach should help him stay away from Hunt’s power. Grappling wise, Struve has a clear advantage, and Hunt will find himself in serious trouble if he ends up on his back at any point during their encounter.
Prediction: Struve wins via submission.
Diego Sanchez vs. Takanori Gomi
Gomi (34-8-0, 13 KOs) is coming off a solid showing against Mac Danzig, and he’ll be in for another tough night when he faces Sanchez (23-5-0, 9 submissions) at UFC on Fuel TV 8. Sanchez is highly motivated to bounce back to the winning side of things (he lost his previous fight against Jake Ellenberger), and he does have all the tools needed to defeat Gomi.
Diego is the better grappler, and that combined with his relentless pace should lead him to victory if he follows an intelligent gameplan.
Prediction: Sanchez wins via decision.
Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami
Lombard (32-3-1, 18 KOs) looked awesome during his last outing against Rousimar Palhares, and another solid win will propel him into the title conversation. However, his opponent is just as motivated to emerge victorious. Okami (28-7-0, 10 KOs) suffered a devastating loss the last time he fought in his native Japan, losing to Tim Boetsch at UFC 144.
Yushin is a solid wrestler, but taking Lombard down is no easy task. Hector is a decorated Judoka, and he’s pretty good at stuffing takedowns. “Shango” should be able to force a stand up battle, which has never really been Yushin’s area of expertise, and eventually put him away.
Prediction: Lombard wins via TKO.
Dong Hyun Kim defeat Siyar Bahadurzada
Mizuto Hirota defeats Rani Yahya
Brad Tavares defeats Riki Fukuda
Takeya Mizugaki defeats Bryan Caraway
Cristiano Marcello defeats Kazuki Tokudome
Alex Caceres defeats Kyung Ho Kang
Hyun Gyu Lim defeats Marcelo Guimaraes
Previous fight card predictions (UFC 157): 9-3