UFC middleweight Brian Stann has always been a company man, stepping up to fight any opponent the organization threw his way. However, in the case of his upcoming match with Michael Bisping, the 12-4 Stann found himself even more motivated than normal based on the resume the Brit brings with him to the Octagon.
Bisping is a former Ultimate Fighter winner who has been a presence in the Top 10 for years and scored a number of impressive wins en route to a 22-4 overall record. Heâ€™s also been linked to a possible crack at divisional champion Anderson Silva if he can beat Stann impressively.
While Bispingâ€™s credentials might intimidate some competitors, the decorated Marine isnâ€™t one of them.
â€œTo get the call that this was the fight that I was gonna get â€“ a guy who is ranked higher, who is one of the biggest stars in the UFC, who is on the cusp of a title-shot â€“ thatâ€™s a situation Iâ€™m always looking for. I want to the fight the best guys,â€ said Stann in an interview with the UFC. â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s an opponent out there that would have gotten me more excited to fight him. Heâ€™s a guy who settles into the fight quickly and he executes his gameplan well. I absolutely want to test his chin.â€
â€œEverybody I fight, anybody who has stood with meâ€¦the fight doesnâ€™t last long,â€ he concluded.
The two talented 185ers are set to throw down on September 22 at UFC 152.
The full interview with Stann can be seen below:
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