UFC middleweight fighter Brian “All American” Stann shocked many when he defeated Chris “The Crippler” Leben by first round knockout over the weekend at UFC 125: Resolution. Stann improved his station in the 185-pound division considerably with the impressive victory and told media at the UFC 125 post-fight press conference that he hopes to continue that improvement in the upcoming year.
“I’m in this to fight the best,” said Stann. “I don’t want any question marks left behind when my career and my time in this sport are over. Whoever I need to fight to be in the top ten in the world, is who I want to fight next. That’s my number one goal for 2011, is to be a top ten middleweight in the world and work my way towards a title shot.”
In order to become a top ten middleweight, Stann will have to continue defeating that division’s top fighters, one of whom he currently has in mind for his next fight.
“This is with the utmost respect,” Stann said. “Again, like Chris Leben–I’m fighting in the house that guys like Chris Leben and Wanderlei Silva built. Guy’s like Frankie [Edgar] and Gray [Maynard], those kind of fights. I think I’d like to fight Wanderlei next. he’s been a guy who I’ve watched for years, before I ever put a glove on. He’s amazing. He’s as tough as they come, as good as they come. He’s a multiple weight champion. I think I’d like to fight him next, but I’ll be prepared for anybody.”
Due to a rapidly-developing feud between Silva and Sonnen, many believe that “The Axe Murderer’s” next bout is to come against the brash grappler. The Brazilian MMA legend is currently recovering from knee surgery and there has been no actual word given as to his next bout, though a fight with Stann or Sonnen both would seem to guarantee fireworks.
UFC 125 went down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 1st.