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Brian Stann says Greg Jackson gets a 'bad rap' unlike coaches at AKA or Xtreme Couture

Photo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting
Photo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Brian Stann never has been one to ‘play it safe' inside the Octagon.

You have to look no further than his record for proof.

Of his 16 mixed martial arts (MMA) fights, only three of those have gone the distance, losing one, while 10 of his 14 victories have come by way of stoppage. In his last four victories, the "All American" has either knocked out or submitted his opponents, which included season veterans Chris Leben, Jorge Santiago and Alessio Sakara.

Not bad for a guy who trains out of the oft-criticized Jackson's MMA gym in Albuquerque.

Known for packing one of the hardest punches in the 185-division, Stann will look to stop the very tough Michael Bisping at UFC 152 on Sept. 22, 2012. "The Count" has proven he is one tough nut to crack, having been only stopped once in his MMA career, at the hands of Dan Henderson back at UFC 100 in 2009.

In his last outing, Stann went toe-to-toe with Sakara at UFC on Fuel TV: "Gustafsson vs. Silva" in Sweden from the opening bell. The two exchanged heavy leather from the onset and Stann proved that his hands were heavier than Alessio's, by knocking him out in under three minutes.

Not content with winning a decision, the former United States Marine Captain tells MMA Fighting he looks to win an ‘exciting' fight against Bisping, leaving it all on the table under the tutelage of Greg Jackson.

Check it out:

"Michael Bisping is a veteran and a fighter whose style I've admired for a long time. For the UFC to match me up against him tells me the company thinks highly of me. A win over Bisping is a statement to the middleweight division. I'm looking at it that way. There are a lot of good, solid guys at 185 pounds, I'm not going to name them because I don't want to leave anyone out, but everyone's looking for a leg up on the competition. I want to go out there and win an exciting fight. I don't want to play it safe and lose a decision. I can accept going all out and losing, but I don't want to look back and say I left anything on the table. So the only way to ensure it is to bring it."

Sharpening his skills at Jackson-Winkeljohns Mixed Martial Arts in Albuquerque, NM, one of the most recognizable and successful MMA camps in the world, Stann says he realized his full potential when he started training with head coach Greg Jackson and striking Guru Mike Winkeljohn.

"All-American" also comes to the defense of Greg Jackson, who he says gets a 'bad rap' for his coaching methods while other famous gyms go unmentioned when one of their fighters loses or has a bad performance :

"When I started off my MMA career, I was basically self-taught. I knew I wasn't the fighter I could be, but I didn't realize how much I still had to go until I started training with Greg and coach [Mike] Winkeljohn. Coach Jackson gets a bad rap. You don't get this with any of the other marquee gyms in MMA. If an AKA fighter fights a bad fight, do you hear people rip the gym? Do the coaches get blamed if a fighter from Team Quest or Xtreme Couture doesn't execute? It only happens here. Greg gets blamed if a fighter doesn't perform well, but he doesn't get any of the credit they got out and have an exciting performance."

Point taken.

How about it Maniacs, what chances are you giving Stann at defeating the brash Brit in Canada?

Do you agree with the sentiments of Brian that his coaches get too much criticism as opposed to the rest of the nations gyms, who rarely come under scrutiny?

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