Pictured: Brian Stann.
The co-main event of the UFC on FUEL TV 2: "Gustafsson vs. Silva" fight card taking place today (Sat., April 14, 2012) in Stockholm, Sweden, featured a middleweight clash pitting Brian Stann against the returning Alessio Sakara.
For Stann, he was looking to wipe the taste of his loss to Chael Sonnen out of his mouth and begin his climb back up the 185-pound ladder. Sakara, on the other hand, was entering the Octagon for just the second time in two years and hoping to rebound from a decision loss to Chris Weidman in March 2011.
I guess the modern Marine warrior is better than the historic Roman soldier after all.
That's because Stann scored a sweet first round knockout victory after a thrilling few minutes of action. "All American" rocked Sakara to get him to the mat but couldn't finish, at least not at first. But it didn't matter that he was sitting in Sakara's full guard. He knocked him out from there.
Stann opened with a low leg kick and a million feints. Sakara, a boxer, was relatively flat-flooted and looking to explode with counter strikes for every kick from the American. That's what he did, too, after the third one.
And then chaos.
"All American" just started unloading with punches, kicks and knees. A lot of them missed but enough of them landed to rock Sakara and put him on his back. He survived, though, and regained his bearings to get to full guard.
Ultimately, it didn't matter.
That's because Stann continued to unload with punches and he was powerful enough that a few short right hands knocked Sakara out.
From full freaking guard, folks.
Stann vs. Bisping, anyone?