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Solid Bet Alert: Stann Opens as a 2-1 Underdog Against Sonnen

If you have a good feeling that Brian Stann is going to upset Chael Sonnen when the pair meet at UFC 136 in October, now is the time to throw some money down.

Stann opened up at at +200, meaning that if “All American” wins, for every $100 you bet on him you will get back $200 plus your original wager. Sonnen, on the other hand opened up on the site at a less favorable -260, meaning that if you place a $260 bet on “The American Gangster,” your total return would be $360 is he wins.

5-1 in his last six outings with a 50% finishing rate with stoppages of Mike Massenzio, Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago, Stann’s only loss in that span came against light heavyweight contender Phil Davis. Since dropping down to middleweight, however the former Marine has been unstoppable.

Ring rust may play a factor in the bout as Sonnen has not fought since being submitted by Anderson Silva at UFC 117 last August. He was suspended for unapproved testosterone use by the California State Athletic Commission following the bout and faced a Federal judge to answer charges of money laundering during his time away from the Octagon.

At 4-2 in his past six fights, including triangle losses to Demian Maia and Silva, Sonnen’s finishing rate is similar to that of Jon Fitch‘s, however it can be argued that he faced stiffer competition than Stann, including names like Marquardt, Okami and Filho, so the fight is a close one to predict.

If you have some cash burning a hole in your pocket and you think Stann can pull off the upset, go make the bet.

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ZombieRock- July 23, 2011 at 8:16 am
@bigz4ch "niggered"
Is that internet bravery or are you really a racist?
Get Off Me- July 22, 2011 at 8:25 am
I am in Montreal now, left Friendswood about 7 years ago now.
I will be watching this one from the confines of my man cave.
Enjoy the fights, looks like it will be a card for the ages.
I just think Dana wants a Sonnen/Silva rematch, on paper this match up favors Sonnen, but they fight for a reason and I suppose we will wait and see what happens.
RSparrow- July 22, 2011 at 1:34 am
I'm inviting every single member of this site to a pre party before the fights... when we get close to October i'll give my number etc.. Fan expo too! CP help me out, or I guess i'll do it all... weak
RSparrow- July 22, 2011 at 1:29 am
You out of friendswood now? This is gonna be a big party and fight
RSparrow- July 22, 2011 at 1:25 am
Then I'll see you before the fight with an ice cold bud light. I'm not wrong on this one, out-numbered but not broken. Bring it.
Todd M- July 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm
Stann will be on his back more than an Iraqi prostitute
Get Off Me- July 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm
Stann will be overpowered and out wrestled for three rounds.
The real bet here are the two prop bets that 1)Fight goes past two rounds(probably -200) and 2)Sonnen wins by decision(probably +180ish). Sonnen will be at -350 to win the fight in a few weeks.
I lived in Friendswood, love Houston great city, please listen to ArmFarmer, he's got it right on this one.
This fight is going to be hard enough to watch if you think Stann is going to win, don't make it harder on yourself by putting money down on it.
DaltonSwayze- July 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm
humperdinkal: What world do you live in that Stann has only one loss?
ArmFarmer- July 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm
Bottom line, if Chael loses it will be by a fluke ko or submission, and that's not worth counting on for a 2-1 pay out.
Piznti- July 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm
so is sonnen still allowed to use trt??? like hendo??? that would severely sway how i would bet.
Cestus84- July 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm
Something tells me Sonnen will be able to take Stann down at will just as Davis did and control his way to a relatively easy UD. Im saving my $ for Hendo/Fedor. My cell phones ScoreMobile app has Hendo at +180 and Fedor at -220.
humperdinkal- July 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Stann for the win. Anyone who believe Chael could take a guy like Stann after being out for so long, should think twice.
Stann, while he lost against a very viable, top notch fighter(his only loss), is a disciplined fighter, who is respectful of others. The mental aspect of the game plays a huge role as well as physical.
While Chael no doubt has more on the experience side of things, his attitude, and lack of time fighting the right opponent(not the law!) will be his biggest deterrant in having any chance of taking this fight.
Those who bet on Stann just got a pass. Money on Stann.
RSparrow- July 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm
*Forgot excellent coaching
bigz4ch- July 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm
lol stann will go down like a sack of potatoes. sonnen is a beast wrestler.
RSparrow- July 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm
I pass on grass... all the time. Sonnen isn't gonna be able to get Stann down like he did Silva. Silva has absolute zero wrestling, zero base, and his legs are like toothpicks. When Sonnen gets close he's gonna get popped. Stann's got a good clinch, great fundamental strikes, and excellent cardio. Also, no ring rust which could play a factor. Bring it on fuckers, I'll be cageside.
bigz4ch- July 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm
stann has very little ground game. silva got owned for nearly 5 full rounds and he has a great ground game...WTF makes you think brian stann can survive lmao....My predicion, TKO ground and pound round 2, goes to sonnen.

What are you smokin on RSparrow? I need some.
RSparrow- July 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm
Only getting better my man... you have your opinion, I have mine, I respect it. I just think Stann is gonna shock a lot of people, and the bandwagon begins... This dude's for real.
ArmFarmer- July 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Maybe he should have shown us his ground game when he was losing to guys like cantwell and kristoff... kristoff subbed his ass easy and he's a mediocre fighter himself.
RSparrow- July 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Just because you haven't seen his ground game doesn't mean he doesn't have one. Also Stann's takedown defense is 10x better than Silvas.
ArmFarmer- July 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm
I'm honestly shocked that Stann is +200. That's not even a good line. Give it a few weeks it will be closer to +400, still under where it should be.
ArmFarmer- July 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm
What Fierce said...

Sonnen isn't Chris Leben, he's not under the delusion that he is impossible to knock out and he won't be walking forward winging punches from his hips.
Fierce Brosnan- July 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm
^^ Are you implying that Stann will do what Silva couldn't? Namely, nullify Sonnen's take downs through striking.
El Guapo- July 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm
^^Unless, of course, Sonnen gets crackered by Stann first!
omunto- July 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Sonnen: Amazing at getting the fight to the ground, bad submission defense.

Stann: terrible on the ground, bad submission offense.

I don't see how Chael loses.
I was gettin some Tito- July 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm
Can Stann triangle choke?