While appearing on Tuesdays edition of UFC Tonight Michael Bisping commented on who he would like to face next and Brian Stann’s name came up.
Today on the 4th of July The All-American formally accepted The Count’s challenge and the next step is for Joe Silva to make it happen.
Stann is still recovering from shoulder surgery however upon hearing Bisping mention his name he was exited by the potential bout.
“I think that’s a fight that I need to jump at because he’s obviously ranked higher than I am. He’s a guy that’s right up there in the mix for a title shot, which is what we all want. Of course I want to fight Michael Bisping,”
“He’s a star in the UFC, he makes big time money, he’s got everything that everybody else wants, and he’s earned it. So I want to take that. I saw the interview and I know my shoulder will be ready for Sept. 22 in Toronto (UFC 152) and that would be a great honor to put that fight on for the fans.”
In his last bout Stann finished Alessio Sakara in the first round at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva on April 14, 2012. Stann now has his sights set on another European.
Bisping is a fighter who is always happy to voice his opinion and Stann a more reserved character who lets his fighting speak for itself. Stann took into account the fact that Bisping may talk trash before the fight but it is not something that would concern him.
“I could care less. I’ve had fights where they talk; I’ve had fights where they don’t talk. I bury my head in the sand with my family and I just train for fight. I could care less about the attention, the fame, etc. He gets a lot of it and that’s part of the game,”
“I want him because he’s a very good fighter, he’s very close to a title shot and I was close to a title shot as well and that’s what I want to get to. I know I’ve gotten better in the last seven or eight months. I went up to Oregon to train with Chael Sonnen to prove to myself how much better I’ve gotten and I know I can compete with anybody.”
Alan Belcher and Bisping have been going back and forward recently and Belcher was the other fighter Bisping called out. Stann has nothing but respect for Belcher but feels a bout between himself and Bisping would gain more interest.
“He’s the biggest star in England and with my background here in America, it’s just a fitting storyline going into a fight. Alan Belcher’s a fantastic fighter, he’s a great guy, but I just personally think the fight between me and Bisping would attract more attention,”
Bisping and Stann have crossed paths over the past few months and pleasantries have always been exchanged. However Stann admits he has avoided really getting to know Bisping.
“Me and Mike have been in the same location on several occasions and we’ve both known this fight was coming and so I think we’ve just purposefully avoided getting to know one another because we know this fight is eventually going to happen. Why make nice with each other until after we’ve fought?”
When asked how a potential fight between himself and Bisping would go Stann answered.
“It will deliver.”
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