UFC middleweight Brian Stann knows how much is on the line tomorrow when he faces Alessio Sakara in a co-headlining clash at UFC on Fuel 2. Win convincingly and he’ll be back on track to eventually earn a title-shot, lose and back-to-back stumbles inside the Octagon will push him to the end of the contendership line.
Stann is also aware of the dangers Sakara poses as not just a talented striker but one who is equally hungry to notch a win and reestablish himself in the division.
“We’re both fighting for the same thing – we’re fighting to be a contender again. You get knocked off the ladder, you gotta get back on and climb up,” explained Stann of the fight in an interview with Fuel TV after today’s weigh-ins. “There’s a lot of guys that have shown you get a loss, you get two wins in a row and you get right back in the thick of things.”
While their desire may be a characteristic they share, one area they part in – at least as far as Stann is concerned – has to do with the devastation each can deliver with a single shot.
“There’s a different between his boxing and kickboxing and my boxing and kickboxing. Everything I throw hurts,” said Stann blankly.
Catch Stann-Sakara on Fuel TV when the main card starts up on Saturday at 3:00 PM EST. Prelims will stream on Facebook starting at 12:00 PM EST.
Watch the full interview with Stann below:
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MMATraining Take: I’m pretty sure everything Sakara throws hurts too. Stann keeps talking as though he is the division’s most powerful striker, yet he has as many decisions as TKOs in his last five fights. I appreciate Stann as a fighter and human being but he’s just as susceptible to being knocked out as he is to delivering a fight-ending blow.