Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Brian Stann isn't interested in fighting at 205 pounds. So why is he doing just that this weekend in Japan? Because a trip back up to light heavyweight is a small price to pay for the opportunity to fight a legend like Wanderlei Silva.
Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Brian Stann is returning to the light heavyweight division for a main event melee against Wanderlei Silva at the UFC on FUEL TV 8 event this Saturday night (March 2, 2013) at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Don't get used to it.
Stann told the mixed martial arts (MMA) media at yesterday's pre-fight press conference (watch it here) that he's not sticking around at 205 pounds. After all, a man's got to know his limitations, and the "All American" is acutely aware of his.
"It's really just a matter of not having to cut. I did not think it would benefit me to put on extra weight. I think speed is more important. I've always been strong and always been powerful even with training with much larger light heavyweights early in my career and fighting light heavyweights. I think it's more important to be athletic and fast. I'm a middleweight. I could compete at light heavyweight, but if I want to be top ten and compete for the title, it needs to be at middleweight. With my style and the ways I've had difficulties in my career with people neutralizing me, it benefits me to be the bigger, stronger individual when people are trying to neutralize me against the cage and on the ground."
Stann (12-5) held the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) light heavyweight title back in 2008 (see how he won it here) but struggled at 205 pounds when transitioning to UFC, getting manhandled by Phil Davis at UFC 109 just over three years ago.
Since dropping to 185 pounds, the active-duty Marine is 4-2 with a pair of defeats against fellow contenders Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping; however, all four of his wins have been stoppages, three by way of knockout or technical knockout. Will "The Axe Murderer" be number five?
See more on Stann's rise to stardom by clicking here.