No sooner than Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting announced that is would be abandoning its light heavyweight and middleweight divisions following its Dec. 3 show that it was revealed that WEC light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell and Brian Stann will be meeting for the third time on Dec. 10 during the UFC’s “Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops” event at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The news was first reported by MMA Weekly.
Stann and Cantwell first clashed at WEC 26 in March of 2007 with Stann winning via TKO in just 41 seconds into round 1. Stann would go on to claim the WEC light heavyweight title and made his first defense against Cantwell at WEC 35 on August 3. This time around, it was Cantwell who got the win, becoming the new champ following a second round TKO.
According to Stann, the WEC was planning on promoting the third bout in their trilogy in Las Vegas on Dec. 3 but the retired Marine Captain and Silver Star recipient had his heart set in fighting on a military base in front of a crowd of service men and women.
“… All of a sudden I was watching Spike TV and watching the Fight Night and they announced this special featuring the Fallen Heroes Fund and it’s going to benefit TBI (traumatic brain injury) patients,” Stann told MMA Weekly. “I have so much experience with my guys that suffer from TBI and to get to fight on a military base. I was in Iraq when they fought on the marine base last time so I didn’t get a chance to fight or even be there, and I just thought this is a dream come true.”
In preparation for his UFC debut, Stann will be switching training camps from Rory and Adam Singer’s Hardcore Gym in Atlanta, GA to Greg Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, N.M.
Thus far, the rumored card for the live three-hour Spike broadcast is as follows:
- Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
- Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet
- Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Wiman
- Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell
- Nate Loughran vs. Tim Credeur
- Corey Hill vs. Dale Hartt
- Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff
- Justin McCully vs. Eddie Sanchez
- Steve Bruno vs. Luke Cummo
- Luigi Fioravanti vs. Brodie Farber