by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It didn’t take long for some of the
fighters from the soon-to-be-defunct WEC light heavyweight division to make
their move to the UFC and none could be happier than former 205-pound champion
Brian Stann, who will make his promotional debut in a third fight against Steve
Cantwell at the href="http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/rumors.asp?articleid=7142&zoneid=14">UFC
Fight for the Troops show on Dec. 10.
Stann and Cantwell have fought each other
twice in the past with each gaining a victory, most recently with Cantwell
taking the 205-pound divisional crown away with a TKO win in early August.
Now that the WEC light heavyweight class is being swept out
the door, the title is a moot point, but the rubber match isn’t.
The rematch had already been discussed internally at the
WEC, and according to Stann, as happy as he was to get another shot at
Cantwell. He was a little sad that a week later a fight would take place in
front of the military and he wouldn’t be involved.
“They were talking to me about a rematch right after I lost
that fight, so I was already excited about that and I thought it was going to
be Dec. 3 in Vegas, so I’d be fighting Steve (Cantwell) in his hometown for the
third time,” Stann said in an exclusive interview with MMAWeekly.com. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> “It was kind of like a tear in my heart
because all of a sudden I was watching Spike TV and watching the Fight Night
and they announced this special featuring the Fallen Heroes Fund and it’s going
to benefit TBI (traumatic brain injury) patients.
“I have so much experience with my guys
that suffer from TBI and to get to fight on a military base. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> I was in Iraq when they fought on the
marine base last time so I didn’t get a chance to fight or even be there, and I
just thought this is a dream come true.”
The dream will indeed come true for Stann
who will get the chance not only to settle the score with Cantwell, but he will
have the fight in front of his heroes, the men and women who serve in the
“Most people go to fights to watch their
heroes or their role model fight,” Stann commented. “For me, to fight in Fort Bragg, and Fort Bragg is only an
hour and 15 minutes away from my old Marine corps base, so a ton of my marines
are going to be up there, plus all the young soldiers. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> That’s like a dream come true to me. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Now, I’m fighting in front of my
heroes, the people who inspire me.”
Not that Stann will need much more
motivation for the fight, he will also move his training camp to New Mexico and
work with Greg Jackson and his camp to prepare.
While the fight is Stann’s
main focus, he can’t help but talk about the troops that will get the chance to
attend the fight and a particular soldier and friend who will be front row and
center for the bouts.
“I’ll fight till I’m dead in front of
those guys. It’s a lifetime
experience right there. I’m really
excited. I was already calling a
bunch of my Marines,” said Stann.
“One in particular, a guy by the name of
Robert Gas, who when we were hit by a suicide vehicle during my first tour and
he took some severe shrapnel damage to the head and he had several brain surgeries
since then and obviously suffers from severe TBI, and I’m going to be
contacting him and getting him cage side seats and flying him up for that.”
Brian Stann will have the honor to fight
in front of the men and women of the U.S. military as a part of the href="http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/rumors.asp?articleid=7142&zoneid=14">UFC
Fight for the Troops show on Dec. 10 at Fort Bragg, NC.