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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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

The UFC has announced the final 28 contestants who will to try to punch, kick and choke their onto season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, and a former Marine is among those vying to get in the house. In the Spike TV video below, Mike “The Marine” Richman gives a quick background on his four years in the Corps, which he says included  three tours in Iraq. Richman says he left the Marines to pursue his MMA career, which stands at a perfect 7-0 according to Sherdog.com. Fast-forward to 3:33 if you’re uninterested in meeting the rest of the cast.…

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…

Former Army reservist Kris “Savage” McCray is one of four fighters left standing in season 11 of  “The Ultimate Fighter,” and his future in mixed martial arts is looking pretty good just a few weeks after sustaining his first career loss. McCray willl square off next Wednesday with Josh Bryant in the semifinals for a chance to fight for a UFC contract in the TUF finale June 19. McCray lost his first fight on show to Bryant in an exhausting three-round decision earlier this season. It was McCray’s first loss in MMA, and he struggled to keep pace with the…

Good news for MMA fans deploying to Afghanistan: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Anderson Silva or Randy Couture may end up fighting at a FOB near you. UFC President Dana White says his company is in talks to hold a card of fights in Afghanistan sometime around January 2011. “It’s going to happen, but even when it does happen, we’re not going to be able to talk about it,” White said recently. “It’s going to be a stealth mission. We’re going to zoom in there, put on a fight and get the hell out.” Read more at MMAFighting.com.

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