On its surface, it’s the typical trash talk that surrounds UFC matchmaking: Middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping lists Brian Stann as one of his preferred opponents for a September pay-per-view fight, and the former Marine captain fires back. And as such, it might be overshadowed by Saturday’s Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva middleweight title fight.
But what’s really happened here? On July 4, an English fighter nicknamed “The Count” threw out a challenge that a former Marine nicknamed “The All-American” accepted.
Did Bisping pick Independence Day — or, as he and fellow Brits call it, “Wednesday” — on purpose? Probably not. But Stann noticed it, pointing it out in a response to a Bisping tweet.
The fight would take place at UFC 152, scheduled for Sept. 22 in Toronto — the perfect neutral site for a U.S.-vs.-England showdown. Stann/Bisping likely would be second on the card to a Junior Dos Santos-Cain Velasquez rematch for the heavyweight title.
Can an American war hero lose to a Brit in a fight triggered by July 4 trash talk? Well, not everything Revolutionary War-wise went well Sept. 22 — ask Nathan Hale.