After getting dominated by Chael Sonnen at UFC 136, Brian Stann looked a lot better in his next fight against Alessio Sakara, knocking out the Italian during the first round of their April 4 encounter.
Stann was originally scheduled to face former Bellator middleweight champion, Hector Lombard, at “UFC on Fox 4,” but a shoulder injury forced him out of the bout.
“Ultimate Fighter” season three contestant, Michael Bisping, was also forced out of his scheduled UFC 149 fight against Tim Boetsch due to injury. And he called Stann out during a recent episode of “UFC Tonight.”
Brian Stann didn’t waste any time before responding to Bisping’s challenge, and he’s down to throw blows with the brash British MMA fighter at UFC 152.
“I think that’s a fight that I need to jump at because he’s obviously ranked higher than I am,” Stann said during an interview with MMAWeekly.com. “He’s a guy that’s right up there in the mix for a title shot, which is what we all want. Of course I want to fight Michael Bisping. He’s a star in the UFC, he makes big time money, he’s got everything that everybody else wants, and he’s earned it. So I want to take that. I saw the interview and I know my shoulder will be ready for September 22 in Toronto and that would be a great honor to put that fight on for the fans.”
A fight between Bisping and Stann obviously favors the Brit, but it does have the potential for fireworks. Stann is a heavy-handed puncher, and he just might be able to keep the fight standing against Bisping – who isn’t exactly known for his takedowns.
If the fight goes to the ground, Bisping will have a huge advantage against Stann, and he’ll probably end up securing a submission. However, I don’t think a win against Stann is enough to get Bisping a title shot, and he might have to reconsider his plan.
Damon Martin, “Brian Stann – ‘I Want to Fight Michael Bisping’”
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