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Former Marine officer and Iraq War hero Brian Stann might be moving from UFC’s light heavyweight division to the middleweight division, according to this recent interview on mmafighting.com. The Web site caught up with Stann in New York, where he was accepting an award on behalf of his charity HireHeroesUSA, a career placement program for veterans. Besides the weight class revelation, Stann gives a frank assessment of his loss to Phil Davis, talks about his current training focus and when he’ll probably next.

The Marine Corps may have put the kibosh on Sgt. George Lockhart participating in the upcoming season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter,” but it looks like there will still be two fighters with military backgrounds on the show. Woody Weatherby, a Navy veteran, and Kris McCray, a veteran of the Army Reserve, are among the 28 middleweight fighters selected to be part of the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz.” McCray, 28, is 5-0 as a professional, with four wins coming via submission and one by TKO. All of his wins have come in the…

Sounds like it was a tough night for Brian Stann on Saturday at UFC 109. The former Marine officer squared off against Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis in Las Vegas and apparently got dominated by the wrestling specialist for much of the bout, losing a 30-27 unanimous decision. I didn’t catch the fight, which apparently replayed during the pay-per-view lineup because the UFC’s need to fill time after a quicker-than-expected fight between Matt Serra and Frank Trigg. But most commentators and bloggers indicated that Davis was especially impressive in his UFC debut, using his ground skills to get Stann, more of…

… but don’t order the pay-per-view event if you’re only interested in seeing him. Because Stann’s fight isn’t likely to be shown. The preliminary fights will be televised for free on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. ET. As of right now, Stann’s fight with Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis isn’t scheduled to be shown then, nor on the main PPV event starting at 10 p.m. UFC 109’s main event features Randy Couture, a former soldier, and Mark Coleman. The two longtime MMA vets will square off in a light heavyweight non-title fight. This is Stann’s fourth fight in the UFC…

The Marine tradition of putting together the best recruiting commercials continues. This time they’ve partnered with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and drawn on the warrior mentality that it takes to be a world-class fighter. The ad features shots of Marines training and fighting interspersed with clips of some of the most popular MMA fighters in the world — including Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida and Forrest Griffin — to drive home the sacrifice, dedication and hard work it takes to be both a Marine and a UFC fighter. [HTML1] Check Monday’s print edition of Marine Corps Times…

Some elite mixed martial arts fighters might be coming to a base near you. A former Marine who helped coordinate an MMA combat clinic at three West Coast Marine bases in October is hoping to bring a similar event to the East Coast this spring. The East Coast events will likely mirror events held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., and MCAS Yuma, Ariz., this fall. All three taught boxing and wrestling techniques from the pros, included famed Ultimate Fighters Randy Couture and Gray Maynard. The clinics also included lessons from combat-experienced fighters on how to…

Former Marine officer Brian Stann has been added to the card of UFC 109: Relentless on Feb. 6. Stann, who earned a Silver Star for his actions while a platoon leader in Iraq, will face former NCAA wrestling champion Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis in a light heavyweight fight. Stann, 29, goes into the bout 8-2 as a pro fighter, including two straight wins in the UFC.  Davis was a four-time NCAA All-American  at Penn State, and won the 197-pound championship his senior year. He is 4-0 as a professional, and this will be his first UFC fight. A non-title light…

All in all, 2009 was a pretty darn good year for Brian Stann. The former Marine officer and professional mixed martial artist made the jump from the WEC to the elite UFC, where he began fighting in the ultra competitve light heavyweight division. After a rocky start in the UFC, he ended up going 2-1 in 2009, and he’s put himself in position to start taking on some of the division’s top contenders. Two of Stann’s fights were memorable enough for him to make a pair of UFC Best of 2009 lists — one good, the other not so good.…

Darrill Schoonover got knocked out in his quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter, but the Army reservist will still get a shot to fight on the undercard of  the TUF series finale Saturday on Spike. Schoonover will face kickboxing specialist James McSweeney, who was defeated in the TUF semifinals. I don’t know what to make of this matchup — Schoonover got destroyed by Marcus Jones in their quarterfinal fight, where he was quickly taken to the ground and pounded by the larger Jones. London native McSweeney presents a smaller foe for Schoonover, but the Brit showed tremendous…

Three months after disposing of nemesis Steve Cantwell to earn his first UFC victory, former Marine Brian Stann will fight again in the Ultimate Fighter 10 finale on Dec. 5. Stann, 7-2 overall in mixed martial arts, faces Rodney Wallace, who will be making his UFC debut. A powerful puncher who thrives on his standup game, Stann fights in the 205 pound light heavyweight division, by far the UFC’s most competitive and star-studded. Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Lidell and Rampage Jackson have all held the 205 title in recent years, and challengers like Mauricio Rua add to…

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