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"This is with the utmost respect again like Chris Leben, I'm fighting in a house that guys like Chris Leben and Wanderlei Silva built. I think I'd like to fight Wanderlei next. He's been a guy who I've watched for years before I ever put a glove on. He's amazing, he's as tough as they come, he's as good as they come, he's a multiple weight champion, I think I'd like to fight him next. I'm in this to fight the best. I don't want any questions marks left behind when I finish my career, when my time in this sport is over, so whoever I need to fight to be in the top ten in the world is who I want to fight next. That's my No. 1 goal for 2011 is to be a top ten middleweight in the world, and work my way towards a title shot."
Only two men can claim they've knocked out Chris Leben; current Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and now, former WEC Light-Heavyweight Champion Brian Stann. Fans came into UFC 125 expecting a slobberknocker between "The Crippler" and "All American" and that's exactly what they got. What they didn't expect was Leben laid out on the canvas sucking air and wondering where it all went wrong. Now Stann is ready to climb the middleweight ladder and earn himself a title shot by the end of this year. First up? Hopefully Wanderlei Silva but if not, a non-wrestler. After his performance last night (Jan. 1), did he earn himself a date with "The Axe Murderer?"