Star-spangled smackdown: Brian Stann wants Michael Bisping at UFC 152

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Will fallout from a Fourth of July war of words give fight fans Brian Stann vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 152? (PRNewsFoto via AP)

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.


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