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Brian Stann Very Politely Calls Out Wanderlei, Bisping, Anderson, GSP

(“Think of this next right hand as my way of thanking you for the opportunity and expressing what an honor it was to meet with you here this evening.” PicProps: Las Vegas Sun)

OK, so maybe “calls out” is a little bit strong in reference to Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre, but the American-Hero-turned-mediocre-light-heavyweight-turned-newly-minted-middlweight-comer certainly didn’t shy away from candidly assessing his skills against both the UFC 185-pound and 170-pound champions while also mentioning his desire to fight Wanderlei Silva and Michael Bisping during a recent interview with the UK Telegraph. Read on to hear Brian Stann‘s respectful, but classicly fighter-centric take of most of the rest of the middleweight division, and beyond. Also, be warned that we took the liberty of changing the British English spellings back to ’Merican, for obvious reasons.

Reasons like the Revolutionary War.

"Hopefully, my next fight will be Wanderlei Silva, who is obviously a legend in the sport, and it would be an honor to fight your guy from the UK, Michael Bisping, an amazing fighter who has truly distinguished himself in the weight class …” Stann tells the Telegraph’s Gareth Davies. “He has proved himself to be an exciting, all-round fighter and has the ranking. Guys like Michael Bisping and Wanderlei have what I want in the sport — the respect and the rankings, and that’s where I want to be.”

Stann pretty much has his bases covered here, calling out the two most-called-out fighters in the middleweight division. There were even reports out last week claiming that the UFC was poised to give Stann the date with Wanderlei that Chris Leben had asked for just prior to getting TKOed by Stann back at UFC 125. Just goes to show you, if you’re a clean cut, fairly well-spoken decorated military vet who punches hard, the UFC just might see fit to put you on a faster promotional track than if you were, say, a tatted-up, fairly-well-spoken skater dude who punches hard and has a well-documented history of substance abuse.

But wait just damn minute. Leben goes 3-0 during 2010 and as a reward gets handed that terrible match-up against Stann (which he so predictably fumbles) but Stann – who’s been a middleweight for all of five months – puts together a measly pair of 185-pound wins (one against Mike Massenzio, for crying out loud) and gets an alleged date with Wanderlei? Not to sound like a sniveling high school girl here, but that is not fair, mom.

If it happens it seems clear that the powers that be are determined to do to Stann what we do to pretty much every MMA prospect with a couple of wins under his belt: Overhype the shit out of him, so later we can tear him down when he doesn’t live up to our own inflated expectations. So, that’ll be fun.

But back to the matter at hand. After doing his due diligence in calling out Wanderlei and Bisping, Stann discusses the possibility of a future fight with Anderson Silva. The following quote makes it sound like he was likely responding to a question from Davies here, which at least means he wasn’t popping off about the middleweight champ without provocation. Still, the tenor of this statement makes us wonder if Stann isn’t overestimating his own abilities just a touch.

“Yes, I think I have the skills to compete with Anderson Silva,” he says. “He is a few levels above the rest of the division and I’m a fight or two away from that. People wonder if I have a ground game, too. I do. It’s just that a lot of fans haven’t seen it.”

Ditto with his comments about St. Pierre. We have to say, we’re starting to wonder if Davies isn’t leading the witness an awful lot here. Otherwise, we don’t know what the heck Stann would even be doing talking about a welterweight, even if he is the best in the world.

“Me against him?” Stanns asks. Incredulously, we hope. “I’d knock him out, before he puts me on my butt three times. I’ve trained with GSP, and he’s a great guy and great for the sport.”

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DARKHORSE06- January 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm
A PTSD symptom is hyper-vigalence. Maybe Stann is just trying to keep tabs on all his potential oponents through this hyper-vigalence.
fatbellyfrank- January 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm
So he has the skills to beat A. Silva and would knock out GSP, didn't see the Leben fight so can't comment there,but IMO he'd have to seriously destroy Wandy and Bitchping before we can start to take those claims seriously
matt- January 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm
I personally have no problem if the UFC matches him up with Wanderlei Silva next. What has Silva done in the UFC to make him some sort of top contender. He knocked out Jardine, but who hasn't? He also has a decision win over Bisping in a fight many thought Bisping deserved the decision. He is 2-3 in his most recent UFC stint and 3-5 overall in his UFC career. He is also 4-6 in his last ten fights. Silva although a legend of the sport has seen his better days. Brian Stann on the other hand is coming into his own. He has won 4 out of his last 5 fights. He is undefeated at middleweight coming off a huge win over Chris Leben. Before this fight Folks were starting to mention Leben in the upper echelon of the middleweight division again. The only other man to ever embarrassed Leben in the octagon like that? None other than Anderson Silva. I truly think that matching Stann against Silva makes perfect sense. Stann wins he becomes a household name with a win over a legend and he moves into the upper echelon of the middleweight division. Silva wins he proves that this move down to middleweight has rejuvenated his career and he is ready to fight the best the division has to offer. This is a win win for the UFC.
RwilsonR- January 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Good point, ccman.
ccman- January 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Didn't we bash griffon pointing out jones would kill him?
ArmFarmer- January 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm
w. silva vs stann = great fight

a. silva vs stann = first octagon death/end of ufc
Kimbos Bread- January 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Brian Stan can very politely shut the hell up.
Lysol- January 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm
I know I'm biased, since Brian Stann graduated from the same high school I graduated from and all, but I think Stann is great for the sport and that Silva-Stann will be a great fight.
mmanimal- January 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Quotes out of context—uninformed article. Fighters are fighters because they think they can kick other people's asses—no surprise there.
RwilsonR- January 18, 2011 at 11:44 am
I like Stann's story, and he seems like a respectful guy. Not sure anybody should be in the UFC if they don't have enough confidence in themselves to think they can match up with the champ. Obviously I don't think he can, but I still like the guy.

What is he supposed to say to a direct question about fighting Anderson: "Nah, I don't want to ever fight him - I'm really scared of that guy, because he is going to kick my ass and embarass me, and I'll probably end up running out of the cage crying once I regain the ability to stand up under my own power."
budsellers- January 18, 2011 at 11:37 am
we need a cage potato ban for stories where a fighter "calls out w.silva or bisping"
Joe-Say Aldo- January 18, 2011 at 11:30 am
Stann is in for a rude awakening. Probably sooner rather than later. What makes him think he can beat Anderson Silva? Stann has lost to Krzysztof Soszynski for gods sake. He couldn't hack it at 205. Anderson Silva knocks out light heavyweights (Irvin, Griffin), one was formerly the 205 champ.
Fried Taco- January 18, 2011 at 11:23 am
It just doesn't sound the same without the British accent.
Ufo-Guy- January 18, 2011 at 11:20 am
Baseball great Dizzy Dean once said, "It ain't bragging if you can back it up."
This, then, would be bragging. Low-key and modest, but still....
El Guapo- January 18, 2011 at 11:11 am
(Baiting hook, casting out)WAR STANN!!

ArmFarmer- January 18, 2011 at 10:58 am
Not jumping on the bandwagon until he beats someone that doesn't keep his hands at his hips so he can wing sloppy haymakers as he walks right into punches... That was the ugliest striking I've ever seen.. even for Leben.
MediocreThreat- January 18, 2011 at 10:56 am
No, they should throw Phil Davis at him. Oh wait, ...
rlh61- January 18, 2011 at 10:52 am
So did you actually see a full transcript or hear the interview? It sounds like you were just able to pick up quotes that were possibly taken out of context...hence the 'leading the witness' comment.
MediocreThreat- January 18, 2011 at 10:51 am
Didn't he say he wanted to fight Obama next?
mahlbawlz- January 18, 2011 at 10:49 am
the UFC should bring back McFedries for this guy. Let's see if he likes how that tastes.
FaH Q NL15- January 18, 2011 at 10:42 am
"Id knock him out, before he put me on my butt 3 times"...??

Overestimating his abilities just a touch CP, just a touch