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UFC targeting Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann for early 2011

Wishes are typically thought of in terms of acquiring wealth, prolonging health, finding love, or bringing about a similarly positive outcome in one’s life. However, when asked what he wanted on the heels of his knockout win over Chris Leben at UFC 125, Brian Stann responded by expressing his desire to face a MMA legend with a reputation for leaving opponents face down on the mat – Wanderlei Silva.

It now appears Stann’s dream may come true, as Dana White recently spoke to MMAFighting and explained the UFC is looking at putting the two middleweights together at some point in the next few months.

Silva has been out of action due to a knee injury since outpointing Michael Bisping a little less than a year ago at UFC 110. Ring-rust aside, the Brazilian still represents a serious threat for Stann. Though he is known for his friendly demeanor outside of the ring, “The Axe Murderer” is fearless on his feet and has a highlight reel featuring some of the sport’s most brutal knockouts. Twenty-five of his thirty-three wins have come by way of strikes including a pair of victories over former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

If the bout takes place as expected it will represent the highest profile match-up of Stann’s career. His first-round flattening of Leben earlier this month was the decorated Marine’s second consecutive win since dropping to 185-pounds and improved his overall record to 10-3.

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