It may be about three months away, but UFC on Fuel TV 8 is already nearly full. Late last night, the main event was announced between former Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva and former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann. That wasn’t all we learned last night as Diego Sanchez will be returning to lightweight against Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi. UFC on Fuel TV 8 has been set to take place on March 2nd in Japan.
Starting the five fights that were announced is Ultimate Fighter Live contestant Cristiano Marcello taking on Kazuki Tokudome. Marcello is currently 1-1 in the octagon while Tokudome will be making his debut. Next, Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres will have a second shot to face Kyung Ho Kang. Kang was supposed to debut at this past year’s first Chinese event UFC on Fuel TV 6, but Kang was hurt and Caceres took on Motonobu Tezuka instead and won a split decision. Hyun Gyu Lim was also supposed to make his debut at UFC on Fuel TV 6 event, but the UFC doctors declared him unfit to compete. Now, he will make his debut against Marcelo Guimaraes, which was his original opponent for UFC on Fuel TV 6.
The two bigger named bouts that may be on the main card, take place in the middleweight and welterweight division. At middleweight, Ultimate Fighter veteran Brad Tavares will look to up his UFC record to 5-1 when he takes on Japanese fighter Riki Fukuda who holds a record of 2-2 in the octagon. Easily the biggest fight in these five is the second UFC fight for Siyar Bahadurzada who takes on the always tough Dong Hyun Kim. This will be the first fight in a year for Bahadurzada who has been kept out due to injuries. Kim looks to work his way back into contention after dropping bouts to top contenders Carlos Condit and Demian Maia. It looks like the UFC is continuing to deliver with these free cards.