If the UFC decides to have a batch of their athletes compete on the Joe Rogan-hosted “Fear Factor” it may want to consider the inclusion of middleweight Brian Stann, as it appears evident his time as a battle-tested Marine has given Stann an outlook on life few others have.
Stann opened up on his attitude in a recent blog entry where he explained the only true fear he knows is in relation to his role as a father.
“Fear is often the thing that separates professional fighters from those who simply dream of one day stepping inside the Octagon,” Stann wrote through FoxSports. “There are many types of fear — fear of failure, fear of being hurt, fear of being knocked out or choked out, fear of a broken nose or broken limb and fear of being dominated. Fighters are able to overcome these mental hurdles and push fear to the back of their mind. Experience reduces these fears. The fighters at the highest level rarely fear injury, rather the damage done to our pride after losing is what we fear the most.”
“My time in the military obviously introduced me to very extreme situations that make losing a fight comparable to losing a game of pick-up basketball,” he candidly continued. “I’ve never feared a fighter or a fight, and have only ever been concerned with whether I was truly good enough to get to the places I want to reach in this great sport of mixed martial arts. That comes from the pressure of providing for a family.
“Fear was strongly introduced into my life when I became a father, and there is only one thing in this world that will make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end — something happening to my wife or two daughters.”
“I wasn’t afraid of being a father, but I was afraid of the fact that fear had now entered my life,” Stann revealed. “I feared the illness that might one day afflict my daughter, I feared driving lessons, I feared college and I feared her leaving home and going out into the big, bad world. I experienced all the sudden fears I’m sure all fathers must feel on that special day. The fear of something bad happening to one of your children is the worst fear for any parent. So, believe me, it’s a lot scarier being a parent than it is being a professional fighter or Marine.”
However, when it comes to his bout this Saturday night at UFC 136, Stann is anything but anxious about what’s to come.
“Fear will not be a factor in my bout with Chael Sonnen on October 8,” the 31-year old elaborated on the topic. “Both of us are experienced fighters and we both know what the other is capable of doing. We are also focused and dedicated professionals, keen to transfer our skills from the gym into the Octagon.”
“The promise I always make to myself and those around me is that I will fight to the absolute best of my ability — which is actually all we can control in there,” Stan concluded. “We cannot control what our opponent does, only our own actions. Stepping into the Octagon with doubts or concerns about the fight or your opponent will only hold you back and prevent you from being the best fighter you can be at that moment. It really isn’t about who the best fighter is, it is about who fights best in that moment. Knowing that keeps me focused on exactly what I need to do to win my fight.”
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