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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 06-02-2011, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Dana White - Brian Stann is "on his way to superstardom"


UFC 130 winner Brian Stann on two-year title plan, boss predicts superstardom
by John Morgan on Jun 01, 2011 at 4:30 pm ET
If you're looking to notch a victory over fast-rising UFC middleweight contender Brian Stann (11-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), you might be best served by acting quickly.

After blasting former Sengoku champion Jorge Santiago at this past weekend's UFC 130 event, Stann said he's still two years away from finding his peak form. And when he does, UFC president Dana White predicts certain superstardom.

"[Stann] is on his way to becoming a superstar," White said. "Not only are his skills getting better, everything that comes out of this kid's mouth is a homerun. He's on his way to becoming a superstar."

A former WEC light heavyweight champion, Stann went just 2-2 in four fights in the UFC's 205-pound division. But since dropping to the middleweight division, Stann has pieced together three-straight wins in the new weightclass.

The 30-year-old admitted the change in divisions has helped but said the switch also coincided with a breakthrough in training.

"A lot of people credit the weightcut, which was certainly something that needed to happen, but the weightcut really happened at the same time that I began to really become well-rounded and really focus on a lot of wrestling," Stann said. "My jiu-jitsu is much better than people realize, but the limiting factor there was really my wrestling. I focused a lot on that really hard in the last two camps."

The end result has been wins over Santiago, Chris Leben and Mike Massenzio, not to mention a pair of "Fight of the Night" bonuses along the way. Combine the performances with an incredible backstory, and White believes Stann may be poised to become the promotion's next break-out star.

"He looks better every time he fights," White said. "His story is great. Everything that comes out of his mouth is a homerun. He's golden. The guy can become a big superstar if he keeps fighting the way he is and winning.

"The other thing about him is you take the story and all the great stuff, but he goes out and fights. He goes out and tries to finish people. We know throughout history, not only in boxing and the UFC, those are the guys that fans really get behind and want to watch – the Wanderlei Silvas, the Chuck Liddells."

Stann's next step isn't currently clear. Most of the divisions best fighters are currently scheduled, so the "All American" may be forced into a brief hiatus. No matter, Stann insists. There's still much to learn, much to improve, and now is the best time to focus on those opportunities.

"I think for me, really the first step is just get back in the gym, get back to training and continue to improve," Stann said. "When you just finish a fight, it's actually one of my favorite times to train because there's no expectations put on you. You can literally just get better at everything."

It's a scary thought for potential future opponents considering the improvements Stann has already displayed. The former WEC champ now has his eyes on UFC gold, and his two-year plan is in full effect.

"(My goal is) to be the No. 1 contender, to put myself in position where I can fight for the title one day," Stann said. "Really, that's as much in the octagon as it is in the gym. I think I'm still about two years out before you'll see the best Brian Stann there can be – which some people may get discouraged but actually encourages me because I know that there's still so many areas that I can continue to get better. I think that makes me dangerous for anyone else that's going to fight me.

"I think it's going to take another two years. I'm still getting better, and there's still things for me to learn, and that's encouraging for me."
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I'd put money on Stann being the next big thing. The guy is golden.

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I never really liked the way he has been promoted. I guess I just don't fall for the whole "All American War Hero" thing they're doing. But I can't look past his fighting abilities. He'll probably end up being a good contender sooner or later.
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I like Stann alot. I cant see him ever being champion, but he will defo be a contender.
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I don't think stann can become champ with silva there, maybe when silva is 38 its a possibility. But aside from being a champ, his marketing ability is high due to the fact he was a solider. I do thing there is enough villains at 185 his stock will automatically increase. You got silva,sonnen,bisping you match anyone of those guys with stann his stock will increase.
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nah he doesn't have the style to beat Anderson. I think he would even lose to Okami, Bisping or Vitor. But yes, he's definitely a legit top 10er now.
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I think if they were to put him against Bisping at some point that would be a MASSIVE seller.

They'd bill it as the War hero against the British guy nobody likes.

I think Bisping takes it in a FOTN though.

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Stann vs Bisping coching TUF kinda makes more sense than Bisping vs Miller.

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They'd bill it as the War hero against the British guy nobody likes.
It almost sounds like something you'd see in the WWE.
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No Dana you want him to be a superstar, he doesn't have the skills for it though. He is a decent (not great, decent) striker, good chin, big for his weight class. His BJJ and wrestling are totally unremarkable. Sound familiar? If you want to know where Stann's career will end up check out Dan Hardy. They are about the same level skill wise. Stann might end up with a title shot for the same reason Hardy did, because they find him extremely marketable and Silva will have beaten basically everyone else but he is not a top 5 guy. Probably not even top 10.

And I don't want to hear about beating Santiago making him top 10, Santiago was NEVER a freaking top 10 guy. Just because some website somewhere made a stupid decision and ranked Santiago top 10 doesn't mean I have to believe it.
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