UFC middleweight fighter Brian “All American” Stann defeated Chris “The Crippler” Leben this evening in the co-main event of UFC 125: Resolution.
A +140 underdog on the books, Stann not only defeated the iron-jawed American equivalent to “The Korean Zombie,” he did so by first round technical knockout. The victory is a huge feather in Stann’s cap and ends an impressive and likely unprecedented run for Leben. “The Crippler” bounced back from two disappointing consecutive losses in 2009 by defeating Jay Silva and Aaron Simpson, and then taking out Yoshihiro Akiyama two weeks after his knockout win over Simpson.
Both men came out looking to fight, but it was surprisingly Stann who seemed to find his footing faster. Leben never seemed able to settle into a rhythm and, aside from a few well-placed punches, the fight belonged to the former Marine Corps Captain. Stann put Leben on queer street with a nice right hand and follow up combination that sent him reeling to the mat. After briefly considering a guillotine choke, Stann sent Leben to the mat with strikes twice more, the last one being a knee which separated Leben from consciousness and forced referee Josh Rosenthal to halt the action.
A choked up Stann dedicated the fight to one of his recently fallen former squad mates and told the Las Vegas crowd that he called out Leben because “The Crippler” is the toughest guy in the UFC and he wanted to test himself against a fighter of his ilk.
With the win, Stann improves to 10-3, while Leben falls to 25-7.
In other main card action, Clay Guida forced Takanori Gomi to submit from a guillotine choke in the second round, employing an even more wild style of movement than usual. Welterweight judoka Dong Hyun Kim defeated Nate Diaz by unanimous decision and Brazilian light heavyweight fighter Thiago Silva dominated Brandon Vera over three rounds for the unanimous decision win.