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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 Army reservist Kris McCray, a member of this season’s cast of “The Ultimate Fighter,” graces the back cover of this week’s Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. Staff writer Jon Anderson does a Q&A with the middleweight, who is 5-0 as a pro and a member of Team Ortiz on the show. McCray talks about what its like growing up as a military brat, his first real fight, how he got the nickname “Savage” and what its like being on a reality TV show. McCray hasn’t fought since the first TUF episode of the…

Former Army reservist Kris “Savage” McCray lived up to his nickname last night on the season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz.” McCray dispatched Cleburn Walker just 14 seconds into their elimination fight. The win secures McCray a permanent spot on this year’s cast of middleweight vying for a UFC contract. McCray, who comes into the show 5-0 as a pro (with all of his wins coming in the first round), came out punching and kicking, and quickly performed a well-executed — and very violent — throw. Walker hurt his shoulder while landing, and tapped out…

Former soldier Jorge Rivera absolutely destroyed Nate Quarry at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday. The referee stopped the fight after Rivera sent Quarry to the mat early in the second round. But Rivera essentially sealed the victory in the first round with a series of right hands that Quarry seemed incapable of avoiding. Rivera pummeled Quarry with strikes and put him down twice. After the Quarry went to the canvas the second time, Rivera pummeled him against the cage until time expired in the first, leaving Quarry a bloody mess. Rivera sustained little damage himself. He ate a bunch of…

The Ultimate Fighter 11: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz debuts tonight on Spike TV, and two veterans are among the contestants battling for a spot on the popular reality show. Former Army reservist Kris McCray and former sailor Woody Weatherby will join 26 other middleweights fighting in elimination matches to determine the 14 fighters who will be permanent members of this season’s cast. McCray, 26, is 5-0 as a pro. He is sponsored by Ranger Up, an MMA apparel company founded by vets that also sponsors Strikeforce fighter Tim Kennedy. Weatherby, 27, served four years on active duty in 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.

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…

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