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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…

The Championship round is for all the glory, a trophy, a Sig Sauer P226 pistol and best of all, becoming the best combatives fighter in the U.S. Army. The 16 soldiers who’ve made it to the final round have fought their way through a very large and difficult tournament to become the best. The winners are: Bantam Weight: by split decision — lots of good wrestling technique in this fight 1st David Mason, III Corps 2nd Sean Stebbins, Minnesota National Guard Fly Weight: by split decision — the ground game was key to the win 1st Francisco Mercado, Fort Bragg,…

There was blood and sweat but no tears during the 3rd and 4th place fights at the 2010 Combatives Tournament being held at Fort Benning, Georgia. The final day of the tournament started with the 3rd and 4th place fights with the Championships to follow. There were submissions that sent the crowd to their feet and heartbreaks from split decisions. Fighters, fans and coaches packed the house to cheer on their fighters. Here are the 3rd and 4th place winners: Bantam Weight: by submission — rear neck choke hold 3rd Robert Texidor, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas 4th Matt Yaure,…

While hard hits, takedowns, leg kicks and grappling are continuing throughout the day today at the 2010 U.S. Army Combatives Tournament, tomorrow’s championship fights have been determined: Bantam Weight: 1st/2nd – David Mason (III Corps, Fort Hood) vs. Sean Stebbins (Minnesota National Guard) 3rd/4th – Malt Yaure (Fort Riley) vs. Robert Texidor Fly Weight: 1st/2nd – Erik Cabral-Garibay (Minnesota National Guard) vs. Francisco Mercado (Fort Bragg) 3rd/4th – Jesse Thorton (III Corps) vs. Scott Eclavea (Guam) Light Weight: 1st/2nd – Donnie Bowen (Fort Campbell) vs. Neil Chitwood (4th BN 413th) 3rd/4th – Joseph Clark (JBLM) vs. Thomas Soto (Fort Bliss)…

For sports fans, there’s no better time of year than the fall. College and pro football are in full swing, the baseball playoffs are around the corner and the NBA and NHL will be starting before long. Today will be about as good as it gets for military sports fans. Air Force and Navy renew their gridiron rivalry at 2:30 p.m. EST on Versus. Air Force is favored going into the matchup, and looking to end an embarrassing seven-game losing streak to the Mids. Navy, as you might imagine, does not intend to loosen its stranglehold on the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.…

Day one at the 2010 Combative Tournament was a grueling 12 hours with about 800 individual bouts. Here is who is heading to the semi-finals today: Heavyweight Winners: Aaron Jackson (Joint Base Lewis-McChord) Lonnie Kincaid (Fort Riley) Ngozi Collins (2/27 REG) Matthew Gallagher (Fort Sill) Heavyweight Consolation Bracket: Jeremy Myer HBCT 3ID) Ivan Iotchkolovsky Illinois National Guard) Ryan McKraken Benjamin Bradley (Fort Bragg) Bantamweight Winners: David Mason (III Corps) Dylan Pablo (Guam) Sean Stebbins, (Minnesota National Guard) Robert Texidor Bantamweight Consolation Bracket: Elmer Arguelles, Fort Carson) Matt Yaure (Fort Riley) Jimmy WilsoN (Fort Riley) Toni Vermiglio (4th PsyOps) Flyweight Winners:…

Day 1 is in the books at the Smith Fitness Center deep inside Fort Benning and 462 participants took part in more than 800 matches today finishing at about 8 p.m. Tomorrow is shaping up to be another busy day. Check back here for updates and a list of those combatants who’ve made it to the second round. Remember, you can watch the second round LIVE right here beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. All photos are courtesy of John D. Helms/Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Military Times has boots on the ground in Fort Benning, Ga., for the 2010 U.S. Army Combatives Tournament. Follow this link to see the Army’s best fighters punch, grapple and choke their way to championship. The Combatives Tournament runs through Sunday, and technology willing, we’ll have a live stream of the action all weekend. Our correspondents at Benning will also be giving updates on the winners, so check back to After Action throughout the weekend to keep up with what’s happening.

Get hyped for some blood, sweat and triangle chokes. Starting at 9 a.m. Friday, we will be broadcasting the first round of the Army Combatives tournament from Fort Benning on ArmyTimes.com and MilitaryTimes.com. Check back then for a link to our coverage page, which will include bracket information and results. Past winners of the combatives tournament include Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy, who now fights professionally for Strikeforce.

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