Brian Stann is a pretty fierce guy. You don’t accumulate 12 MMA wins (nine via knockout) by being anything but. That being said, being a fierce guy doesn’t mean that you can’t also be a classy, good sport – as Stann, a former marine, made abundantly clear during his UFC on Fuel TV 2 showdown versus Alessio Sakara.
In the first round of his bout against Sakara this past Saturday night, Stann attacked his opponent with an assortment of knees that got Sakara completely out of sync. As Sakara struggled to regain his composure, Stann suddenly caught him cleanly with the knockout blow – sending his Italian opponent tumbling to the canvas.
And that’s where things got interesting. Even though Stann had the full right to go in for the kill and ensure Sakara didn’t stand back up, he realized that it wasn’t necessary and decided against it. Instead, he motioned the referee over and showed him that the fight was done.
Check it out:
After the match, UFC president Dana White sent out this tweet:
Stann is one of the classiest people on earth!!!
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 14, 2012
Moral of the story: good guys don’t always finish last.
(Kudos to Yahoo! Sports for the find)