Since making his middleweight debut, former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann has defeated three straight opponents, all within the distance. This Saturday night, on the main card of UFC 136, Stann will square off against the division’s consensus number two, Chael Sonnen, likely for a shot at the title.
Stann and Sonnen operate using different skill sets – Sonnen’s bread and butter is undoubtedly wrestling, while Stann’s is striking – but the two share a gritty, hard-nosed approach to the fight and an immense respect for each other based on that. The two 185-pounders will put that respect aside when they meet in the cage this Saturday to do battle though – a battle which Sonnen is forecast to win.
Most predict that Sonnen will grind Stann down en route to earning his second shot at the belt, but “The All-American” has other plans. In a recent conversation he had with FightLine.com, Stann explained that he plans to do to Sonnen what no one has really been able to do to him yet: beat him up.
“Well, I don’t think Chael likes to get hit,” said Stann. “I don’t know it for a fact, but I gotta watch tape and it’s one of those things – I don’t know if anybody likes getting hit, to be quite honest with you, so, it’s not like it’s derogatory toward him. The big thing is he’s masterful at putting the fight in positions where he does damage to his opponent and doesn’t take damage. I have to put this fight and I have to make this fight in the positions where I’m doing damage to him. It’s as simple as that. If I allow him to grind me down, turn it into a wrestling match, to control me and have his onslaught of ground and pound, then I’m going to lose the fight. So, I can’t allow that to happen. There’s no secret to his gameplan or mine.”
UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 goes down on October 8 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. FightLine will be back on the night with live, ongoing coverage of the event.