UFC play-by-play announcer Jon Anik recently spoke with Rebllion Media about his trip to Japan for UFC on FUEL TV 8. The UFC announcer spoke on a variety of topics regarding the trip, but also sought to put Wanderlei Silva’s stunning victory into context.
Yeah man, it was nuts! I think thankfully for Wanderlei the fight was at 205 and thankfully for him he had a partner willing to trade in Brian Stann. I hope that when Brian Stann gets some separation from this that he can take something positive out of this experience. Obviously he couldn’t have been more eloquent in the post-fight interview, and talking about being part of Wanderlei’s legacy. I guess I would say that maybe we have tried to close the book on Wanderlei Silva prematurely.
He is not punch drunk in most conversations I have with him, he isn’t one of these guys who can’t complete a sentence. I still think he has his wits about him, and now that he is fighting less frequently I think his performances have been better. He was very close to beating Rich Franklin and he knocked out a guy in Japan with an absolutely killer chin. Wanderlei has a very difficult style to prepare for and you can get brawlers and stuff to spar with, but you can’t go all out in sparring taking headshots in camp. I think it’s a difficult style to mimic in training, and I think maybe the moment got to Brian Stann a little bit and he got sucked in and obviously the fight materialized from there.
Be sure to head over to Fighters.com for the full interview with Anik about his experience in Japan, knowing Wanderlei, and more.