September 11, 2007

by MMAWeekly TV

An active U.S. Marine and an active mixed martial artist, Brian Stann is quickly becoming one of the most popular stars that World Extreme Cagefighting has this side of featherweight champ Urijah Faber.

Since debuting in January of 2006, Stann has been on a roll, winning all five of his fights. Not only that, but he finished each and every opponent he has faced by technical knockout, including a much more experienced Jeremiah Billington last week.

“I want to continue to get better. Every time I fight, I get better,” stated Stann. “That’s what I need to do is keep improving and yeah, I want that belt eventually.” Referring to the light heavyweight title currently in the possession of WEC champion Doug Marshall.

Stann is also utilizing his skills by starting up a program to help out fellow soldiers that suffer from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He plans to help to rehabilitate them from conditions resulting from the stresses of combat by training them in mixed martial arts.

Also fighting on last week’s event in Las Vegas was Miguel Torres, who made his WEC debut by submitting the previously undefeated Jeff Bedard.

The victory was just the latest addition to the young Midwesterner’s resume. Fighting primarily in the Indiana area, Torres has managed to rack up a professional career record of 19 wins to only 1 defeat.

Opening up the live television broadcast on the Versus network, Torres wasted no time finishing Bedard with a triangle choke at the midway point of round one.

Torres actually found his way to the WEC after several false starts with the Bodog promotion left him needing to get back to work and start collecting a paycheck. “The WEC took me with open arms and gave me a very good contract,” says Torres.

The bout with Bedard was highly regarded as a number-one contender’s bout to determine the next challenger to WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe.

“I feel I can submit Beebe and I feel I can knock him out on my feet. A five-round war with Beebe is not going to be a problem for me,” stated Torres, also declaring that he plans “to be the world champion for the WEC.”

MMAWeekly conducted video interviews with both Brian Stann and Miguel Torres In The Cage. Both are currently available to MMAWeekly.com Premium Members.