Photo of UFC 152's Brian Stann by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting.
Brian Stann was the lucky winner in the Michael Bisping sweepstakes when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmakers paired him up with "The Count" at UFC 152 on Sept. 22, 2012, which will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
After cruising past Alessio Sakara at UFC on Fuel TV: "Gustafsson vs. Silva" via vicious first round knockout, Stann will now look to solidify his spot in the suddenly crowded Middleweight division with a win over the brash Brit. A win won't necessarily warrant a title shot for the former Marine, but it will inch him closer to facing 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva (lucky him).
Known for his tenacity and power, Stann assured fans and media in attendance at today's (July 24, 2012) UFC 152 press conference that even though some people, including UFC President Dana White, may have been disappointed with some of the fights at this past weekend's (July 21, 2012) UFC 149 event, people will have nothing to complain about when he and Bisping go toe-to-toe in Canada.
Check it out:
"He is an incredible fighter. I think he was one of the most under-rated fighters in the UFC and I think he is finally starting to get the respect he deserves for the body of work he has put together in a long career. This is a huge fight for me. It's a fight that people knew were coming and to fight a guy like Michael Bisping, who, let's face it, he is a much bigger star in the UFC than I am. This is a huge opportunity for me and I think that I have a lot more to gain in this fight that anybody else. It absolutely does (put him in title contention). Out of all those guys that are there vying for a title shot, he is the best-rounded. He is the one whose done a grater body of work at 185. So, I think it pushed me ahead of everybody, but I will probably have to fight one more time to get the title shot, that's fine by me, I don't care. I just want to fight the best guys in the worlds for as long as I am able to do this. I am not interested in just fighting in the UFC to sign autographs and wear weird T-shirts. I want to fight the best guys in the world so that when I am done with this sport, I know exactly where I Stand. I don't want easy fights."
"The All American" also went on to say that "The Count's" antics will have no bearing on him:
"I've said this before, when you've had to look a mother in the eyes and tell her why you couldn't bring her son home, it makes all of this that much easier. This is just a fist fight. This is something I am really good at, it's something I love doing. None of these antics are going to matter to me. I don't get very nervous when I fight. I love to do it. Come September 22, I am going to draw a line in the sand, I am going to say, 'Mike. Cross it.' He is the kind of guy that I know will step to it and we are going to get after it. I am telling you right now folks. You may have complained about certain fights that were on the card this past weekend, you won't complain about ours."
How about it Maniacs, do you agree with Stann? Will his bout against "The Count" live up to the expectations and erase the memory that was UFC 149? Does a win over Bisping inch him close to an eventual showdown with "The Spider?" Or do Vitor Belfort, Chris Weidman and Alan Belcher have a better chance to leapfrog him?