After recently suffering his first loss as a middleweight Brian Stann gained new appreciation in two areas – how important a win in his next bout would be and the amount of talent possessed by Chael Sonnen. Both topics recently came up while Stann, preparing to face Alessio Sakara on April 14 at UFC on Fuel 2, sat down to speak with the crew on UFC Tonight.
When asked about where he saw himself in the 185-pound division, Stann pointed to the importance of a stoppage in proving he belonged at the top of the heap, saying, “I think a win…a finish…puts me right back where I was, right back on the ladder climbing towards a title-shot.”
“Hopefully I’ll only be 2-3 fights away from one after a win over Alessio,” he continued. “I haven’t thought who I’d fight after this fight to be honest. I know that this is an important fight for me…this is a big fight to me, I haven’t looked past it. Beat Alessio Sakara, get a finish in this fight. That’s what I wanna do and then I want a Top 5 guy. I wanna get back towards a title run.”
On the subject to championship clashes, Stann weighed in on the upcoming bout between middleweight king Anderson Silva and fierce rival Sonnen.
“I think that Chael Sonnen takes it,” stated Stann, straying from popular opinion. “I think there are a lot of factors that are gonna play into that. Just similar to when I fought Chael, I think he’s particularly a very, very difficult match-up for Anderson Silva just due to the years and years of difference in grappling, just how physical Chael is when he’s on top. We’re gonna have to see some new techniques from Anderson that he wasn’t able to showcase in that first fight.”
Though the decorated military veteran admitted Sonnen’s last opponent, Michael Bisping, had exposed a few areas Silva could focus on against the colorful grappler, in the end Stann still felt Sonnen would show up with his “A” game in June and do the unthinkable by taking Silva’s belt in front of a Brazilian crowd.
“I think he’ll be on like he normally is and I think the advantage goes to Chael in that rematch,” Stann concluded.
Watch the complete interview below:
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