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Morning Report: Wanderlei Silva and Mark Hunt revive the old ghosts of Pride FC

UFC on FUEL TV 8 was the definition of a mixed bag. A record-tying eight straight decisions — four of which were split, including this notably egregious scorecard — even had UFC President Dana White on the verge of writing off the UFC’s sophomore venture to the legendary Saitama Super Arena. But then Mark Hunt and Wanderlei Silva brought us back in, and suddenly it felt like 2004 all over again. As MMA’s old guard slowly fades away, giving way to an explosive new generation, these sort of vintage nights are an increasingly scare commodity. Sooner rather than later, Silva, Hunt, and their middle-aged stablemates will have hung up the gloves for good, and we’ll be left to belittle young whippersnappers about how little of a chance their new heroes would’ve stood against the fighters of our day. So while it’s always pleasant when a fight night reverses course so quickly, it’s even better when one does so in a way that evokes fond old memories. And of course, give credit to Stefan Struve and, in particular, Brian Stann for gamely placing their own wellbeing aside to allow us these moments. Now let’s get to some headlines. 6 MUST-READ STORIES Vintage Wanderlei. Former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva turned back the clock to knockout Brian Stann in the wild main event of UFC on FUEL 8. (Video.) Silva, approaching the age of 37, would’ve heard questions about his retirement had the night ended poorly, but instead the legend offered one more classic moment to the mixed martial arts community. Hunt smashes, wants top-5 opponent. Veteran fan-favorite Mark Hunt reignited a fading card by breaking Stefan Struve’s jaw midway through the final frame of UFC on FUEL 8’s heavyweight co-main event. (Video.) Afterward Hunt said he would like to fight again as soon as possible against a top-5 opponent. Sonnen: UFC should cut Lombard. Following Hector Lombard’s loss to Yushin Okami, FUEL TV analyst Chael Sonnen advocated for the UFC to release the former Bellator middleweight champion. You have to cut him from a business standpoint, said Sonnen. His contract is too big. Straus arrested. Bellator season six featherweight tournament winner Daniel Straus was arrested and taken into custody on traffic and drug charges in Fort Lauderdale, FL over the weekend. Straus faces four charges, including driving with a suspended license, possession of over 20 grams of cannabis or 3 grams of synthetic cannabis, drug paraphernalia possession or use, and possession of MDMA (ecstacy). Former manager: Pride assisted Cro Cop. In a fascinating two-part interview, Miro Mijatovic, the former manager of Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic, revealed to the myriad of ways officials from Pride Fighting Championships assisted his client, including handpicking opponents and ensuring opponents didn’t know that they were fighting Mirko until the last minute. Johnson out for three months. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Mighty Mouse Johnson, who recently withdrew from a scheduled title defense against John Moraga, will be sidelined for three months with a torn labrum, according to his coach Matt Hume. MEDIA STEW I still can’t get over how crazy these highlights are. Well done, gentlemen. And just in case you thought you could beat Mark Hunt in Street Fighter 2, we can put that notion to rest. (HT: Reddit) Bellator 91’s main event may not have been anything to write home about, but the rest of the televised card was a veritable finish-fest. If you missed anything, feel free to check out it below. (Click to watch.) As if wagering an awful tattoo to Michael Bisping wasn’t enough, Alan Belcher just upped the stakes. For all intents and purposes, Giorgio Petrosyan is the greatest kickboxer alive on the planet. A cold, clinical, and overwhelmingly precise striker, The Doctor seized his first stoppage in almost three years this weekend against ONE FC veteran Ole Laursen. (HT: Liver Kick) The internet, it’s a wondrous place. (HT: Bloody Elbow) Are you a UFC fighter? If so, the guys at CagePotato came up with this handy diagram to let you know if your job is safe. (Click to enlarge.) LEGEND Amazing fight and beautiful knockout congratulations @wandfc ”” juniorcigano (@junior_cigano) March 3, 2013 Wow, that was an insane, spectacular thing of beauty @wandfc. What a great, great fight by a great warrior. ”” Bjorn Rebney (@BjornRebney) March 3, 2013 crazy………. ”” Chan Sung Jung (@KoreanZombieMMA) March 3, 2013 After the career Wand had in Japan the fight Gods owed him that.That was beautiful! ”” Chris Clements(@menaceclements) March 3, 2013 Wanderlei gave his best effort I’ve seen in years. Truly inspiring … Awesome win! #UFConFuel8 @ufc #AxeMurderer ”” TJ Grant (@TJ_Grant) March 3, 2013 Holy shit. HOLY SHIT. Wanderlei Silva is the man bro. Damn. #FOTN #KOTN #FUELTV8 ”” Jason Highwalker(@KCBanditMMA) March 3, 2013 Thanks for the kind words everybody, I’m going to forget about MMA for a bit and make sense of everything later. Time to go home. ”” Brian…

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