Brian Stann knows that Chael Sonnen will present the toughest opponent to date for him when the two collide this Saturday night at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III.
The Stann-Sonnen bout is set for the pay-per-view main card, which takes place in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center. It is possible that the winner will be crowned the new No. 1 contender to Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title.
Stann, a military veteran and former WEC champion, will be trying to avoid getting taking down by Sonnen. Stann has won three consecutive fights since dropping down from light heavyweight, including early stoppage wins over Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago.
“One thing that I’ve seen, at least on film – and he may change this for me – (Sonnen) doesn’t really sit down on a lot of his strikes and try and put a lot of power on them,” said Stann, in a recent interview with USA Today. “A lot of it is really there to put a pace on you, put pressure on you and really distract you from what is coming, which is a world-class double-leg takedown that nobody seems to be able to stop.”
Sonnen, who took Silva to the limit last year before submitting to a triangle armbar in the fifth round, is more than just that takedown, though, according to Stann.
“If he fails with it, he comes up with a bodylock where he’s fantastic at those,” Stann said, “or he’ll put you against the cage, and he’ll pick you up and slam you to the ground that way, too. His (striking) style is high-volume. Chael goes out there and he puts a pace on.”
Stann-Sonnen will be one of the featured bouts at UFC 136, along with championship matches between lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, and featherweight champ Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian.