Michael Bisping (22-4, MMA) vs Brian Stann (12-4, MMA) is definitely a fight that can determine a top contender who's name continues to rise in the ranks of the heavily competitive UFC middleweight division.
Stann's name has become synonymous with knockout finishes. In the beginning of his career, he went 6-0 ending each fight with a first round knockouts. In his upcoming fight on September 22nd at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada's Air Canada Centre, he's coming back from an injured shoulder that kept him from fighting Hector Lombard at UFC on FOX 4 and will be looking to upset Bisping's chances of getting one step closer to UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva.
Though no longer the co-main event, Stann isn't worried about being the third fight on the card. Instead the brawler's looking to outclass Bisping and make the most of the fight. "I expect a good tough fight. He trains hard, he's professional. I train hard. So, I think with a couple of the fights that got moved from 151 over, I think it's become a really stacked card. I think it's going to be a good opportunity to get a good victory and have a lot of people watching the fight."
Despite Bisping saying he plans to finish Stann, Stann has plans of his own to stop Bisping. In his 12 MMA wins, Stann has finished 10 of his opponents. "I always look for the finish, so it has nothing really to do with Michael, but that's just my style of fighting. I'm going to go for the finish and sometimes in doing that it causes you to make mistakes and maybe get caught yourself, but I train to improve on those areas and not have that happen. I don't go out there just to win by decision. I always look for the finish."
On August 4th, Stann was set to welcome highly touted prospect, Hector Lombard to the UFC. Instead, he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of the fight. Since then, Stann has allowed himself to fully recover and said that the injury won't hinder him by time he steps into the Octagon. "It's great, now it's fully recovered now. In the beginning of my camp, it certainly wasn't. There were still things that I had a couple of teams of doctors working on to keep me training hard. This is part of the game. The injury I sustained was a 6 to 8 week recovery. It took me all 8 weeks to recover before I could start grappling or wrestling again and even then, when I started to doing those things, I had to do them light just because it was still bothering me and the last thing I wanted to do was re-injure it and pull out of another fight."
Stann says now he's ready to make a statement and show the MMA world how improved, healthy and ready he is. He's also hoping to prove that he stands more than just a "punchers chance" and is a well-rounded fighter. "Mike Massenzio's a black belt in jiu jitsu and I submitted him. Those opinions are solely due to my Chael Sonnen fight. When I fought Mike Massenzio, that was on the undercard and a lot of people weren't able to see that fight. After that, I fought Chris Leben and George Santiago, but those fights didn't go to the ground unless I knocked them down.
The Chael Sonnen fight, Chael makes a lot of people look bad on the ground," Stann said of his only loss in his last five fights. "If you watch all of his fights - Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, Anderson - he has the ability to make a lot of people look bad. I didn't look so hot against him in some areas and you know, it is what it is. Since then, I've gone to train with him several times and that fight will almost have been a year ago and I've made a lot of improvements there. It's up to me to show the fans that I'm a well-rounded fighter, not tell them I'm a well rounded fighter. And so, I plan to do that come September 22nd."
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