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We haven’t talked much about college hoops this year on After Action because, frankly, we just don’t get to see any games. I’d love to follow Air Force, Navy and Army closer, but it’s hard to write about teams you never actually watch. One of these days I’ll shell out the extra money for CBS College Sports, which actually broadcast this weekend’s Army-Navy game. But in the meantime, we follow the hoops squads from afar and do what we can. Nevertheless, this was a pretty special weekend for service academy basketball, and Navy’s and Air Force’s victories deserve some attention. Also happening…

The UFC and its outspoken president, Dana White, hit Fort Hood this week for tonight’s Fight for the Troops 2 on Spike TV.  The UFC’s cameras followed White around the post as the foulest-mouthed executive in America met soldiers and shot the breeze with UFC personalities Joe Rogan, Matt Serra, Brian Stann, Frankie Edgar and others.

MMA reporter Ben Folkes has written an outstanding article about the psyche of UFC fighter Pat Barry heading into his bout Saturday at Fight For the Troops 2 at Fort Hood, Texas. Barry, who’ll be facing off against fellow heavyweight Joey Beltran, is refreshingly honest in the story, admitting that he’s less-than-enthusiastic about stepping into the Octagon after breaking his right hand and right foot against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 115. Rather than offering up phony bluster or canned lines about what he expects to happen Saturday, Barry talks about the unglamorous brutality of the sport and 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…

The UFC is coming to Fort Hood on Jan. 22 for Fight for The Troops 2, aka Guys Crushing Each Other In Front of a Raucous Crowd of Troops For a Good Cause. The event will be broadcast live on Spike TV and features headline fighters Melvin Guillard and Evan Dunham, two of the top up-and-coming lightweight fighters in the organization. The event raises money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which helps families of troops who have been killed or severely wounded in service to their county. [HTML1]

Army Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy is ready to step back into the MMA ring. Kennedy confirmed to Army Times today that he’s been asked to fight in the March 5 Strikeforce event in Ohio. What’s anyone’s guess, though, is who he’ll fight. When asked who he’d like to fight, Kennedy was quick to name names -– Melvin Manhoef, Jason Miller, Matt Lindland, Robbie Lawler, Ronaldo Souza. “Pretty much anybody at 185,” Kennedy said, adding that a rubber match with Miller would guarantee a good fight. “I think that’s a fight a lot of people would want to see,” he said.…

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…

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