Browsing: Marine Corps

After weeks of rumors, speculation and denials, Brian Stann finally has an opponent for UFC 130. The former Marine officer will be fighting Jorge Santiago on May 28 in Las Vegas. Stann had initially requested a fight with legendary Pride fighter Wanderlei Silva, and it appeared that the UFC had signed off on the matchup. But Silva  balked at fighting Stann, and it now sounds like he simply isn’t healthy enough to fight following knee surgery earlier this year. “At first I wanted to fight Wanderlei Silva, but this is a better fight for me,” Stann told ESPN.com. “I have…

Brian Stann and Wanderlei Silva are still matched up on the official UFC 130 website, but apparently nothing is confirmed yet. On Saturday the webiste MMAjunkie.com reported that Jorge Santiago, not Silva, is likely to be the former Marine’s next opponent. The MMAJunkie report came a day after ESPN.com reported that Santiago would indeed be returning to the UFC. On Sunday, Stann said on Twitter that nothing has been decided yet regarding his opponent. “Not sure who I’m fighting next, both names being thrown around sound great to me! Be an honor,” Stann tweeted. Santiago, who last fought in the…

It sounds like Brian Stann will get his wish. The former Marine captain said after his victory at UFC 125 that he’d like to fight MMA legend Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva next, and UFC President Dana White told mmafighting.com that he believes the two will indeed meet sometime in the spring when Silva returns from a knee injury. Stann is coming off the biggest win of his MMA career, a first-round demolition of Chris Leben. The victory has rocketed Stann’s visibility in the UFC middleweight division, and Silva — easily the most decorated opponent he’s faced yet — represents…

Our friends over at Battle Rattle, the pre-eminent Marine Corps blog, tell us that Marine Sgt. George “Loaded” Lockhart is teaming up with former Marine and rising UFC star Brian Stann to open an MMA gym. Stann has earned a name for himself in the UFC after upsetting Chris Leben in his New Year’s Day fight at UFC 125. Lockhart, meanwhile, is himself a rising MMA fighter who is also known for his ability to help fighters drop weight leading up to fights. The two plan to co-manage the gym outside Atlanta after Lockhart gets out of the Corps in…

Not only was Brian Stann considered a big underdog coming into his UFC 125 fight with fellow middleweight Chris Leben, many fans thought he wasn’t even worthy of the co-main event matchup with the UFC veteran. Yea, so much for that. Stann proved the oddsmakers and naysayers wrong with a dominating first-round TKO win over Leben, a man considered one of the toughest fighters in the UFC. The fight was face-paced from the start, and it didn’t take long for Stann to take control. Both stand-up specialists known more for their striking than their grappling, Stann and Leben started exchanging shots as…

Brian Stann, a former Marine captain who earned the Silver Star for his actions in Iraq, is fighting veteran middleweight Chris Leben at UFC 125 on Jan. 1. It’s the most high-profile fight of Stann’s MMA career, and as he notes in this video, he’s the underdog coming into the bout. Leben, a fan favorite for both his high-energy fighting style outsized personality, is a well-rounded brawler who can win a fight on the ground or standing. Leben also has 31 pro fights under his belt — considerably more experience than Stann — and comes into this matchup having won…

Brian Stann’s upcoming fight with UFC veteran Chris Leben is the biggest so far in his career, and this 30-second preview for UFC 125 confirms it. After the two fighters in the main event are shown — lightweights Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard — Stann and Leben are featured next. This non-title middleweight fight will be the first time in Stann’s five-fight UFC career that he’s been on the main card of a pay-per-view event. That means that unlike his previous UFC fights, this one will be guaranteed to be televised. Leben (11-5 in the UFC) comes into the bout…

Former Marine Capt. Brian Stann is currently down in New Mexico training at Greg Jackson’s gym for his New Year’s Day fight with Chris Leben at UFC 125.  This interview, which appears to be conducted in between training sessions at Jackson’s, touches on a lot of subjects, including how Stann scored the fight with Leben, his progress in training for the bout, and his diet regimen — which is being overseen by Marine Sgt. George Lockhart. Stann, who earned the Silver Star for his actions in Iraq in 2005, also talks about Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta’s Medal of Honor, and why…

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