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This Memorial Day weekend the Marine Corps and the entire military can take pride in the power, precision and class that former Marine and Silver Star recipient Brian Stann brought to his UFC 130 fight with fellow middleweight Jorge Santiago. Stann put on a clinic against Santiago on Saturday night, dispatching the Brazilian at 4:29 of the second round after a devastating right hook put Santiago on the mat. Stann immediately jumped on top of the dazed Santiago, and got in six more shots to finish the fight before referee Herb Dean jumped into to stop the bout. The first round also…

For my money, Twitter is the greatest invention since central air conditioning. One of the many reasons I love Twitter is that it allows nobodies like me to hear famous athletes and celebrities speak without a filter. This week Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) initiated a war of Tweets with fellow MMA middleweight fighter Michael Bisping (@bisping). It started on Tuesday, when Kennedy launched this salvo in the direction of Bisping: [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/TimKennedyMMA/status/70536816268288000″] First, the backstory. Kennedy’s friend Jorge Rivera (@Jorge_Conquista) fought Michael Bisping at UFC 127. Prior to the fight, Rivera and Ranger Up — an MMA apparel company run…

This video is straight from Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque, and just listening to Brian Stann talk about his training habits makes my out-of-shape butt tired. Stann, the former Marine who earned the Silver Star for his actions a a platoon leader in Iraq, is currently getting ready for his next bout at UFC 130 in May. In this interview he talks about his strength and conditioning regime, and he balances that out with sparring and technical work prior to his fights. Stann also gives a shoutout to Sgt. George Lockhart, who helps Stann (and other fighters at Jackson’s gym)…

UFC welterweight Mike Swick is a pretty good sport. Not only did he travel to Iraq and give an MMA seminar to troops at Camp Adder, afterward he took on any  soldiers who wanted to grapple. As you might imagine, it didn’t end well for any of the soldiers. A couple guys got hit with Swick’s triangle, one soldier tapped out via rear-naked choke while another fell victim to a Swick armbar. But win or lose, I can’t imagine a cooler thing for an MMA fan/practitioner stuck in Iraq than to get a chance to actually hone their skills against…

Army Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy’s fight went less than one round, so the highlights are brief. Kennedy, a Special Forces veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and a current member of the Texas National Guard, defeated Melvin Manhoef via rear naked choke Saturday at Strikeforce: Columbus. The win improved Kennedy’s record to 13-3, and it earned him a nice $50K. The second video is a post-fight interview with Kennedy, where he makes his case for who his next opponent should be (he wants Robbie Lawler). [HTML1] [HTML2]

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…

First it was Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Then it was Luke Rockhold. Now it’s … Melvin Manhoef? I guess the good news is that Strikeforce is clearly determined to have Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy fight someone at on March 5 in Columbus, Ohio. According to a report on MMA website Sherdog.com, an injury has sidelined Rockhold just days after he was announced as Kennedy’s next opponent. Manhoef (24-8-1), a veteran K-1 fighter, announced on Twitter earlier today that he’d be replacing Rockhold. A striking specialist, Manhoef has lost four of his last six fights, with all of the losses coming in…

When Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy steps into the Strikeforce cage March 5 in Columbus, Ohio, he won’t be facing Jason “Mayhem” Miller in a highly anticipated rubber match. Instead, Kennedy, a Special Forces soldier who now serves in the Texas Army National Guard, will fight Luke Rockhold, a 26-year-old from San Jose, Calif., who has a 7-1 record. Kennedy’s record is 12-3 and the mixed-martial arts fight will be his fifth with Strikeforce and his first since August, when he and Ronaldo Souza went five rounds for the Strikeforce middleweight championship. Souza won by unanimous decision. When Army Times talked…

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