Brian Stann (6-0) will defend his WEC light heavyweight title for the first time when returns the cage against Steve Cantwell (5-1) on August 3. The "All-American" made the announcement on the Howard Stern show this past Thursday.
No location or possible venue for the showdown is known at this time.
Stann captured the 205-pound crown with a knockout win of then champion, Doug Marshall, at WEC 33: "Back to Vegas" on March 26. The heavy-handed former Marine has five straight wins for the Zuffa-owned promotion and none of them have gone beyond the first round.
Cantwell has strung two wins together, finishing Tim McKenzie via submission (rear naked choke) at WEC 33. Prior to that he pounded out Justin McElfresh at WEC 29 in August 2007. It was apparently good enough to earn him another shot at Stann.
Stann and Cantwell met at WEC 26 last March ... and it didn't last very long. In fact, Stann knocked out Cantwell only 41 into round one.
So mark your calendars for the next WEC event in August. Could we possibly get Filho-Sonnen II for the WEC middleweight title as well?