UFC fighter Brian Stann started his run in Zuffa off at 205 pounds, winning WEC gold before entering the Octagon and competing a few times at the weight before deciding it was time to slim down. After some solid success as a 185er, Stann will return to the light heavyweight pool this weekend for a bout with legendary slugger Wanderlei Silva at UFC on Fuel 8. However, according to Stann, he’s only dipping his toes in the division rather than diving back in head-first.
“One and done,” said Stann when asked to describe the move by at a pre-fight press conference. “I’m a middleweight fighter. I could compete at light heavyweight, but if I want to be top-10 and compete for the title, it needs to be at middleweight.”
“With my style and the ways that I’ve had difficulties in my career with people neutralizing me, it benefits me to be the bigger, stronger individual when people are trying to neutralize me against the cage and on the ground,” he concluded.
Stann is 4-2 in his last six fights with finishes in all four victories including knockouts of Chris Leben, Jorge Santiago, and Alessio Sakara. Meanwhile, Silva is only 2-4 over the same span, beating Michael Bisping and Cung Le.
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