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Brian Stann: People Are Forgetting That I’m Allowed To Punch In This Fight

Brian Stann will face off against arguably the toughest opponent of his career this Saturday night when he takes on the consensus number two middleweight, Chael Sonnen, at UFC 136.

A former US Marine Corps Captain, Stann has made his home with the renowned Team Greg Jackson, where he has grown leaps and bounds as a fighter. The All-American has developed a potent, heavy-handed striking assault and a formidable submission game which has made it impossible for any middleweight he’s faced so far to defeat him. Stann’s biggest weakness, however, is Sonnen’s biggest strength: wrestling.

Sonnen was forged in the fires of the amateur wrestling circuit and was only hardened by his time spent training with the grappling-oriented Team Quest. Many are counting Stann out of this bout as a result of the gap which exists between Stann and Sonnen’s wrestling skills, but Stann believes that he’s found a perfect counter to Sonnen’s grappling prowess: punching.

“Fortunately I started working on my wrestling quite a bit two years ago. It’s been probably the (most) heavily trained art in my training camps in the last two years, for obvious reasons,” said Stann. “If I tried to just train wrestling for the last ten weeks then I wouldn’t have a chance against him, but luckily I’ve been hitting it hard for the last two years and I don’t have to out-wrestle him out there on Saturday night. I think sometimes when oddsmakers and people keep telling me about this fight and how big a longshot I am, I think people forget – I even went back to my bout agreement and checked – but I can punch in this fight. So, I feel good.”

UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 goes down this Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas; FightLine will be back on the night with live, ongoing coverage of the event.