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With Top Middleweights Tied Up, Stann Looking To Relax And Improve

“All-American” Brian Stann proved again last night that his drop to middleweight was a wise choice, as he starched former Sengoku champion Jorge Santiago with apparent ease in last night’s UFC 130 main card opening bout.

Stann took it to Santiago early and often, clearly controlling the striking exchanges and putting the Brazilian in danger with strikes at the end of the first. Going into the second, the momentum was all in Stann’s corner and it would remain their for the duration of the fight. Santiago came out swinging, but Stann walked through his shots, stuffed his takedowns and ultimately left him a crumpled heap on the canvas with a stiff right hand in the second round.

The win brings Stann’s record at middleweight to 3-0 and brings up questions of who he should face next. The former United States Marine Corps Captain spoke with following his win and discussed his options for the future.

“I don’t know who [I’ll fight next]. Everybody is pretty matched up right now,” said Stann. “You’ve got [Michael] Bisping fighting [Jason Miller], even. I just need to get home and spend some time with my kids and family before I [return] to training and continue my development in striking, wrestling and jiu-jitsu. I’d always love to fight Wanderlei. He’s one of my favorite fighters ever. It would be a dream come true. But, if I never have to fight him, then maybe I can just get a picture with him and an autograph. That would be pretty cool.”