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Should the Winner of the Brian Stann/Chael Sonnen Match Get the Chance to Be Slaughtered by Anderson Silva Next?

(Who honestly wouldn’t want to see this again?) 

Dana White is like a walking, talking, movie trailer. He reveals just enough to get his audience hot with anticipation, only to deny them with the necessary answers as to why they were watching him in the first place. During the UFC 136 pre-fight press conference, and in accordance with multiple sources, “The Baldfather” apparently revealed that the winner of the upcoming bout between Brian Stann and submission savant Chael Sonnen at UFC 136 would be next in line for a chance to dethrone Anderson Silva. Sort of. Maybe.

The question that sparked all the fuss was as follows: ”How could you feel that if Sonnen wins, he deserves a shot at the title but if not Stann doesn’t?”

To which DW responded: “Stann’s been on a tear and has beat some good guys and has looked good doing it. Leben, Santiago, and now Chael? It would be tough to deny him.”

Dana went on to further confuse everyone when questioned by Megan Olivi following the press conference, stating that Dan Henderson would most certainly be in the mix if he gets past Maricio Rua in their upcoming fight at UFC 139. Truly the David Lynch of straight answers.

I’m assuming that this is one of DW’s many ways to get the notion across to his fighters that title shots are often based on impressive performances rather than win streaks (ie. Jon Fitch). Hopefully this will provide some much needed spark for Sonnen, who has admitted to not feeling his best leading up to his match with Stann. Keep in mind, the last person that apparently fought Stann at less than 100 percent was Chris Leben, and it did not end well for him.

And it is hard to deny that Stann has earned it. The man has had possibly the best year of any non-title holding fighter out there, scoring back-to-back TKO’s of Leben and Jorge Santiago, respectively. Combine that with a successful win in his middleweight debut against *cough* Mike Massenzio *cough* and that would be enough to earn Kenny Florian a title shot in any division he wanted for the next few years.

Now, I must admit that I am a little conflicted about who I want to win this one. On one hand, I am a big fan of Brian Stann, because how can you not be? But on the other, I don’t see Stann’s orthodox striking being very effective against a freak like Silva, and though I consider Chael to be a troll of sorts, there’s no denying that he had the best showing against Silva and could give the champ another run for his money in a possible rematch. But now with Henderson in the mix, it’s likely that Stann could get overlooked based on his ability to draw PPV numbers alone.

Another outside factor here is the simple fact that the Hendo/Rua match is being held at light heavyweight, yet Dana is making no mention of the winner getting the next shot against Jon Jones, after Rashad Evans of course. Either way, it looks like Dana has got some ‘splainin to do.

What say you Potato Nation? Stann or Sonnen, who takes it and how, and does the winner deserve the title shot? Also, would you rather see Hendo fight Jon Jones or Anderson if he is successful against Rua?


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RwilsonR- October 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm
Exactly GB!
Ogre- October 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm
oc in this bitch- October 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard.from what i remember sonnen beat the shit out of silva worse then cote did before he hurt his knee.what ever happened to cote anyways he came close to beating silva so they shelved silva was no match for sonnens superior wrestling and stann is the man too.way more of a battle for sonnen anyone could win,and the winner will likely beat silva.FINALLY
ghostboner- October 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm
@RWR - He is like the Kenny Florian of B.J. Penn's.
ghostboner- October 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Bring back Mark Wart. We have no real measuring stick for guys at MW as to whether they should be title contenders unless they can beat him. Stann should fight him at some point just cause it'd be awesome.
XENOPHON- October 6, 2011 at 11:23 am
Danga, where do you come up with this....the only person to challenge Anderson for any weight class has been Sonnen, with Henderson getting some props.
Stann is not quite fluff and his fights are with less than top talent, absent Leben - and man who thought for too long he could take anyone's punch to the head. Let's see Stann take on Rua, Belfort, or Henderson first, or any other guy that has been waiting to get through the gate and waiting in line.

Let's say Sonnen captures the belt from Anderson, then what...will the UFC send in a top ranked grappler? The UFC has got the money, tell em to step up and get and borrow Lombard, or push Belcher, Munoz, or that prick Bisping forward - like they did with his mohawked brit friend Hardy.
But Danga, what ever you do - stop fluffing for the UFC. Its both transparent and weak-sauce
RwilsonR- October 6, 2011 at 10:53 am
Give a title shot to Dan Henderson at MW? Huh? This guy is like the BJ Penn of undeserved title shots... well, if BJ Penn weren't the BJ Penn of undeserved title shots, that is.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 6, 2011 at 10:30 am
It is not up to Anderson Silva who he fight it is up to those who run the company and yes Sonnen was an obvious bag of douche thus why wouldnt anderon wan't to win again?
skeletor- October 6, 2011 at 10:15 am
If Stann wins (he wont) the first FOX fight is tailor made for him. Who better to throw in front of the masses than a clean cut morally righteous marine. Even though Stann gets embarrassed within one round worse then Forest this fight will attract eyeballs. All they would need is a countdown show in FOx and this fight will sell itself. Sonnen V Silva II is the fight to make for PPV numbers. Either way this is win win for the UFC.
linaajj- October 6, 2011 at 10:10 am top sex film that every body will love them.......
blackboxmma- October 6, 2011 at 10:10 am
Sonnen would get knocked out in the 2nd round if they had a rematch. I think he was too much of a dick for Silva to even offer a rematch. Silva could say fuck u to dana, why would he want to help that loser Sonnen at all.
lenoz- October 6, 2011 at 10:09 am
Stuart - wtf? You do realise you're mixing up two different weight classes?
SnackDaddy- October 6, 2011 at 10:01 am
Sonnen/Silva any day over Stann/Silva. Though Bisping/Sonnen would be pretty sweet in terms of entertainment as well.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 6, 2011 at 10:01 am
Hell no I don't want to wait for another 3 fights to decide Andersons next Opponent I refuse NOOOOOOOOO! Sorry I have to strongly disagree Stuart.
Stuart1784- October 6, 2011 at 9:35 am
I think should Stann overcome Sonnen it will be via Knockout in the 2nd round, rather than face Silva the winner should be put up against the winner of Hendo/Shogun and the eventual winner going on to face 'The Spider'
HandsofGold- October 6, 2011 at 9:34 am
Thing is Chael is the only person that went in there against Anderson and did what he said he was going to do. Granted he did not win i get that but it was nice to see him go after Anderson and not hold back or be mesmerized by Anderson. I believe Chael is really the only fighter that has Anderson's number. Stann is far to slow and Hendo got worked by Anderson. I see chael beating him and then Anderson moving up to LHW.

P.S Please God no Triangle Chokes
jfjjfjff- October 6, 2011 at 9:34 am
i'd like to see either. i wouldn't put it past stann to just go out there and put a hurting on silva before he has the chance to settle in and get loose.
as to sonnen, i think it would be interesting to see if anderson improves his takedown defense.
beef_kurtains- October 6, 2011 at 9:32 am
Oh, and retarded brazillians infected with the cat disease will riot in the streets when Silva loses and I can't wait.

Hater? Fuck YES!
beef_kurtains- October 6, 2011 at 9:31 am
Sonnen wins against Stann and then puts ANOTHER beat down on Silva, thus ending the ridiculous idea that a guy who has essentially fought cans in title fights is the greatest P4P fighter in the world.

Just me, but I don't think a fighter has ever been given so many gimmie title fights in his entire career.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 6, 2011 at 9:26 am
YES DEAR GOD PLEASE LET SONNEN/SILVA II go down Oh my god.. I just pooped myself a little from the idea of seeing this... Ok I gotta go change my pants be right back.
RyanSarr- October 6, 2011 at 9:17 am
Silva-Sonnen II HAS to happen if Chael wins. Can you imagine the lead-up to this fight? Chael Sonnen would sell half-a-million ppv's through his promo skills alone. If Chael loses, I hope Vince Mc..I mean Triple H, comes running to Chael with a contract and a bag full of money.
Fried Taco- October 6, 2011 at 9:16 am
If Stann wins, I'd rather see Hendo/Silva first. But if Sonnen wins, go ahead and give him another shot at the Spider. And if Stann wins and Hendo loses to Rua, well, let's cross that bridge if we come to it.
Stak40- October 6, 2011 at 9:15 am
Rooting for Stann but I think Sonnen is going to win by decision unless Stann can pull off a triangle which I doubt.

I'm ok with any of them getting a title shot but i don't think any of them can beat Silva.

Rather Stann get the shot because Silvas beat Sonnen and Hendo already. However, I think Stann has the least chance of winning.

Rather see Silva vacate the belt and go up to LHW.
lenoz- October 6, 2011 at 9:15 am
Agree Stann wouldn't do well, but also hard to deny him if he beats Sonnen.

Meanwhile DW just announced Jones-Machida so that might change things up for Hendo if he gets past Rua.
Prometheus- October 6, 2011 at 9:14 am
I think you're right, at this point in his career, Stann wouldn't do well against Silva. I want to see Sonnen/Silva, I don't seen the point in putting anyone else up against him.