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Brian Stann to whup same dude again

The WEC is deciding to keep their LHW division intact for the moment and simultaneously proving exactly why it should be abolished: They’ve booked LHW champ Brian Stann against Steve Cantwell. What’s so bad about that? Stann already KO’d Cantwell back in March of 2007 … it took him all of 41 seconds to do it, too. By Jove, I’ve seen potholes with more depth than the WEC’s heavier divisions!

Anyways, rather than continue to flog that dead horse, I’m going to move onto another dead horse: Brian Stann’s military duty. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bitch about it (in my defense, past bitch-sessions were really about military service being used as a cheap marketing ploy). Instead I’m gonna give you the story behind the hyperbole on why he’s considered a real American hero:

On November 8, 2005, Stann and his command, the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon, were ambushed by Iraqi insurgents while trying to secure a bridge near Karabilah. Stann and his men held out for six days under heavy attacks while Stann coordinated air and tank support that eventually allowed them to be relieved on November 14, 2005. Out of forty-two men in Stann’s platoon, all survived, and Stann was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor in combat.

(thanks to jackal Clint Notestine for the heads up on this)

**Pre-Emptive Update** Some are saying the first fight between Cantwell and Stann was stopped too soon. Although the Chael Sonnen incident has proven to me that people see what they want to see when it comes to shit like this, undecided peoples can watch the video and decide for themselves. Me? I think when you fall on your face and stare at the canvas like you’re looking for a contact lens, that’s a good sign you’re done.

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    If Silva loses this weekend, he should be sent to fight Brian Stann.

  • Jemaleddin

    Silva vs. Stann? Do they even allow steroids in the WEC? Maybe they could fight for Dream or something..

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    WEC events are tested the same way that UFC’s are, both fighters in every title fight, and random testing downcard. That’s the way that Nevada and California do things. I guess Nevada is also doing random testing of registered fighters even if they aren’t on a card now as well.

  • Zurich

    I’m surprised the UFC hasn’t annex’d Stann from the WEC – he looks like he has skills and would be a huge hit with the midwestern mouthbreathin fanbase.

  • Denton

    What a badass. He has my respect.

    42/42 men in the platoon survived, that is without exaggeration, insane. That would’ve been damn near if not enitrely impossible in Vietnam.

    Anyone else kind of interested in a noob like him and Kimbo sluggin it out.

  • fightfan

    Unless they get some talent in the WEC lightheavy division……..Stann may hold onto that title for years. They is simply absolutely NO talent in the LH division of the WEC

  • Trol

    Yeah Stann will dominate LHW WEC.

    Stann Vs. Cantwell may have been stopped early but Stann tagged him with two brutal punches to the back of the head. I don’t think Cantwell would have been able to continue after that any way.

  • Kierkegaard

    “Anyone else kind of interested in a noob like him and Kimbo sluggin it out.”

    ? Stann is a Light Heavyweight. Kimbo is a huge Heavyweight. Would you want Stann to load up on ho-hos to get up to Kimbo’s weight or Kimbo to take on the Mary Kate Olson diet to get down to Stann’s weight? Or just screw the weight differences?

  • kentyman

    235 is not “a huge Heavyweight”. As long as Stann gets over 205, I’d watch that fight.

    Er, I’d watch it either way.

  • Michaelthebox

    Stann’s a huge LHW, he’d probably weigh in at 225+ for a fight with Kimbo.

  • fightfan

    POST 10….

    That is what many dont realize. That LH’s weigh in at 205 but may be at 225-230, if not more a week before the fight. They cut a lot of water weight to get to 205, then put back on 10 plus pounds during the next 24 hours up to fight time. So Kimbo may only be 5 or 10 pounds bigger than Stann.

    Actually it was documented that Forrest Griffin was at 238 something like 5 days before one of his previous fights.

  • FightFan

    I respect Stann for his military service, but I’m not convinced he isn’t on steroids, clen, or something else. Either way, he has no skill – just power. His run won’t last.