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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…

Earlier this week I interviewed UFC middleweight Brian Stann about his victory over Mike Massenzio at UFC on Versus 2 on Sunday. It’s for an article in the upcoming print edition of Marine Corps Times that hits newsstands Monday, and it will run alongside a co-worker’s story on Sgt. George Lockhart, an instructor at the Corps’ Martial Arts School of Excellence who helped Stann and UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones make weight for their fights. So go buy a newspaper on Monday. Please. Until then, here’s some other tidbits from my talk with Stann, as well as some quotes from…

Sometimes, it’s how you win. Former Marine Brian Stann needed a victory in a bad way last night to keep his UFC career moving forward. He got the win, and in doing so proved he’s more than a one-dimensional striker. Stann submitted Mike Massenzio — a more experienced ground fighter — at UFC on Versus 2 to win his debut in the 185-pound weight class. The win via triangle choke was Stann’s first career victory by submission, and helped him bounce back from a tough loss to wrestling specialist Phil Davis back in February. Making the win all the more…

Brian Stann gets back in the octagon Sunday at UFC on Versus 2. The former Marine — a genuine warrior who earned the Silver Star for his actions as a platoon commander in Iraq — is making his debut in the 185-pound weight class against Mike Massenzio. Stann moved to middleweight after losing his last light heavyweight fight to wrestling specialist Phil Davis. In that fight, Davis was able to get on top of Stann early and neutralize his striking game en route to a unanimous decision win. Since then, Stann has dropped a weightclass and gone back to work…

It’s been out there for a few weeks now, but the official announcement on Brian Stann’s next fight has been made. The former Marine captain will square with Mike Massenzio at “UFC on Versus 2” on August 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The fight will mark Stann’s entry into the middleweight class (185-pounds). All of  his previous fights had been in the light heavyweight class (205 pounds). Stann’s last outing in the UFC was a unanimous decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 109 in February. Stann is 8-3 as a professional,  including a 2-2 record since joining the…

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.

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