It was a storybook return to the Saitama Super Arena in Japan for former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva, who knocked out Brian Stann in the second round of a light heavyweight war that saw the legendary “Axe Murderer” win in his first fight in the Land of the Rising Sun since 2006.“I‘m proud to fight for you,” said Silva, who is now 23-4-1, 1 NC in fights held in Japan.“Wanderlei‘s always been one of my favorite fighters ever, he‘s one of the fighters that inspired me to start this sport and I‘m very proud to have been part of his career,” said a gracious Stann. “As much as this hurts right now, my heart‘s broken but I‘m still proud to have put my name on the line and to have fought him.”It only took 30 seconds for the leather to start flying, and when it did, Silva took the early advantage as Stann slipped to the mat in the middle of a barrage that left the Marine Corps veteran with a cut on his nose. An ensuing exchange favored Stann, who put Silva down to the canvas, and after the two broke, it was only a moment‘s reprieve for the fighters and the crowd to catch their breath before the two engaged again. An inadvertent low kick by Stann brought a brief halt to the action midway through the round, and once the fight resumed, both were looking for a way to call a more permanent end to the bout, this one with their fists. In the final minute, both traded again, with Silva hitting the deck twice and Stann finding himself on the mat as well before they settled down on the mat until the bell.Stann smiled and waved the roaring crowd on as round two began, and then it was right back to business, as he stalked the Brazilian legend around the Octagon. For his part, Silva was now trying to pick his shots, but he was coming up short. A second low kick by Stann drew a stern warning from referee Marc Goddard, but the American didn‘t abandon his shots to Silva‘s lead leg. Silva remained patient though, and with less than a minute left, a right-left from Silva dropped Stann to the mat. Four shots later, and Goddard intervened at the 4:08 mark, giving Silva one of the most satisfying wins of his storied career.With the win, the 36-year-old Silva improves to 35-12-1 with 1 NC; Stann falls to 12-6. The bout was held in the light heavyweight division, with Stann expected to move back to 185 pounds in the future.HUNT vs. STRUVEThe resurrection of Mark Hunt‘s career continued in the co-main event, with the Australia-based New Zealander knocking out Stefan Struve in the third round of an entertaining heavyweight scrap.The win was the 38-year-old Hunt‘s fourth straight, snapping Struve‘s four fight winning streak in the process.Hunt scored effectively with his low kicks as the fight commenced, adding body shots to the mix as well before Struve pulled guard in the second minute. Struve got down to business immediately, sweeping his way into the mount. A series of ground strikes followed before Struve went for Hunt‘s arm. Hunt got out of danger and got back into the top position, landing a thudding right hand to the face. Struve kept working from the back, but Hunt got into side control as the bell ended the round.Hunt began round two by cracking Struve with a left hook, but the “Skyscraper” took it well, responding with a few stiff jabs. Hunt kept moving forward, landing more and more shots, a dangerous game for Struve to be playing. Midway through the round, Hunt stunned the crowd with a takedown of Struve, but the canvas is just where the Netherlands native wanted him, as he tried to lock up a leg. Hunt broke loose and then got into side control, but it allowed Struve to rise and take Hunt down. Landing right in the mount, Struve fired away with both hands before almost grabbing an arm, but he missed, letting Hunt get on top again at the bell.A right left shook Struve early in the final round, and a minute later Hunt did it again, this time for good, with a left hook toppling the youngster. Hunt walked away, and with Struve still stunned on the mat, referee Herb Dean intervened, ending the bout officially at the 1:44 mark.With the win, Hunt improves to 9-7; Struve falls to 29-6.Watch Hunt’s post-fight interviewSANCHEZ vs. GOMIIt wasn‘t pretty, and it certainly wasn’t popular with the fans in Saitama Super Arena, but Diego Sanchez‘ return to the lightweight division was a successful one, as he scored a split decision win over Takanori Gomi.Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Sanchez, who improves to 26-5; Gomi falls to 34-9 with 1 NC.Perhaps conserving energy after a rough weight cut that saw him come in at 158 pounds at Friday‘s weigh in, Sanchez wasn‘t his usual frenetic self in the early going, allowing Gomi to catch a striking rhythm early in the bout. Sanchez did get a takedown of “The Fireball Kid,” but Gomi effectively returned to his feet and got back to the business of tagging his opponent, who soon showed blood on his forehead. As the seconds ticked down, San…