UFC middleweight Brian Stann is currently sidelined while recovering from a shoulder injury but expects to be back in action before wintertime rolls around. As chance would have it, another talented 185er recovering from a health-related issue also happens to be pegged to return around the same time – Michael Bisping.
With both men in a similar place divisionally, marketable, and in need of an opponent, Stann sees an opportunity at hand worth capitalizing on and has decided to push it on the public in hopes of drumming up enough interest to influence his superiors at UFC headquarters.
“I think the fans have wanted that fight ever since I dropped down to 185. It’s bound to happen sooner or later – why not now,” asked Stann rhetorically in an interview with MMAJunkie. “I’m not getting any younger. I want to fight for the title, and right now, to get to that title, Bisping is one of the guys you have to get through.”
Stann was last seen in April, picking up a knockout win over Alessio Sakara to earn his fourth victory in five tries as a middleweight. He holds an overall record of 12-4 with ten finishes to his credit. Comparably, Bisping is 22-4 with eighteen stoppages and past instances of success against Dan Miller, Jason Miller, and Chris Leben.
Bisping has also expressed interest in facing Stann, even going so far as to mention his name directly during this week’s episode of UFC Tonight in relation to a potential fight on September 22 at UFC 152 in Toronto.
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