Constantinos Philippou: 'I'd like to fight the winner of Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann'

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The Serra-Longo striker is ready to stake his claim to a spot in the crowded 185-pound title race. But does a win over two middleweight "legends" get him into the top five?

Turns out the only one "full of poo" last Saturday night was Nostradumbass.

Following his third-round technical knockout stoppage over Tim Boetsch on the main card of UFC 155, which emanated from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Constantinos Philippou is moving on to bigger and better things.

Like Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann, according to his recent conversation with MMA Weekly.

"I'm definitely looking at the Brian Stann/Wanderlei Silva fight. I'd like to fight one of those guys if possible. Brian Stann would be a great match-up for me, Wanderlei Silva if he decides not to retire, I think would be able to put on a great fight. We're both great strikers and it would be nice to fight a striker for a change and show my striking skills and put up and exciting show. It would be an honor to be in the cage with either of them. They're both legends in my eyes, for different reasons, but even Brian Stann I consider the guy to be a legend. I have so much respect for Brian Stann, the guy's a hero, and Wanderlei Silva is a legend. It would be a huge honor to fight either one of those guys."

"Silva vs. Stann" takes place on March 3 in Japan (details here).

After a debut loss to Nick Catone at UFC 128, Philippou (12-2) rattled off five straight wins and could be in a position to break into the top five of his division -- if and when he's given the kind of name that would elevate him to such a status.

Anyone think beating the "All American" or the "Axe Murderer" would do it?

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