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Sadly, Brian Stann Will Not Be Fighting Minowaman in Japan


(And here we have some lovely fan art of Minowaman doing battle with Godzilla and Ghidorah, while a rocket blasts out of his crotch. / Props: mma-core)

So this is weird: Coming off his submission loss to Chael Sonnen last month, Brian Stann was briefly under the impression that he’d be getting a rebound fight against a mulleted giant-killer in the Land of the Rising Sun. As Stann told MMA Sucka (tip via MiddleEasy):

I thought I was fighting on the UFC card in Tokyo. I thought I was going to fight a gentleman by the name of Ikuhisa Minowa or ‘Minowaman’ and unfortunately, you know, the fight didn’t happen. He actually asked to fight me. I agreed and then for some reason it just didn’t materialize…From what I was told by the UFC, I think they already filled the main card for that one, so there’s not really any room for me anymore.”

Best known for leg-locking enormous men in Japanese freak show fights, Minowa has built a career as the David to the MMA world’s Goliaths, scoring career victories over Bob Sapp, Butterbean, Giant Silva, Hong Man Choi, Kimo Leopoldo, and many other opponents who carried more mass than skill into the ring. But he also had one UFC appearance back in April 2000, stopping the relatively normal-sized Joe Slick by cut-TKO.

In a way, the “All American Hero” vs. the “Japanese Underdog in the Red Shorty-Shorts” would be an undeniably entertaining storyline for the UFC’s return to Japan — and it’s kind of a bummer that it’s not happening. Still, does this mean that the UFC is considering booking Minowaman against somebody at UFC 144? Sean McCorkle might want to clear his schedule…

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EnemyofReality- November 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm
So we have to see his shorts riding up in fanasy, as well as in real life. The artist nailed the asian mullet as well.
XENOPHON- November 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Which kook rookie Cage Potato writer used a picture of Godzilla, and ignorantly referred to the image as Gamera? (today's D-)
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As for Brian Stann - who really cares? After his substandard performance against Sonnen (which was a waste of $50 bucks), he ought to go back to the military and fighting the Taliban. Something he is good at.
BaghdadBob- November 22, 2011 at 11:56 am
and stann was born in Japan (Okinawa), so that adds to the interest a bit.
DangadaDang- November 22, 2011 at 8:51 am
Are we seriously going to overlook King Ghidorah, easily the most badass of all Godzilla villains? I will not stand for such insolence.
Me likey- November 22, 2011 at 8:32 am
mothra would kick both their asses
KarmaAteMyCat- November 22, 2011 at 8:30 am
Viva!!! Dude don't be knockin on zilla!! I know where you live!!! Ha!
Viva Hate- November 22, 2011 at 7:32 am
The art would have been better had it featured Gamera.
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