Former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann will have to withdraw from his bout against Steve Cantwell due to a foot injury. Cantwell just defeated Stann for the WEC title in August, however each hold a win over the other. This was an opportunity for the former Marine to gain the upper hand on his former WEC foe in front of his fellow military peers. “UFC Fight for the Troops” will be held on December 10th at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. There has not been a replacement announced for Stann as of yet.
Stann’s injury was first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain. They confirmed Stann’s injury with sources close to the fighter.
The two have squared off twice before, with each walking away with a victory. The rubber match will take place on the UFC’s free three-hour event on Spike TV in front of the men and women that are currently protecting this country’s freedom. During the event, fans can call in and donate money to The Fallen Heroes Fund.
Stann would have been a crowd favorite, as he was an infantry officer for the United State Marine Corps. The 27-year-old served two tours in Iraq and is a recipient of the Silver Star, an award given for gallantry against the enemy in combat. It is the Marine Corps’ third highest honor after The Medal of Honor and The Navy Cross.
He has been training hard in New Mexico with Greg Jackson’s “Jackson Submission Fighting” camp.
This would have been the UFC debut for both fighters as Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the WEC and the UFC, decided to eliminate the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions from the WEC.