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Stann vs. Cantwell III added to UFC Fight Night 16: “UFC Fights for the Troops”

No sooner than Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting announced that is would be abandoning its light heavyweight and middleweight divisions following its Dec. 3 show that it was revealed that WEC light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell and Brian Stann will be meeting for the third time on Dec. 10 during the UFC’s Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops” event at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The news was first reported by MMA Weekly.

Stann and Cantwell first clashed at WEC 26 in March of 2007 with Stann winning via TKO in just 41 seconds into round 1. Stann would go on to claim the WEC light heavyweight title and made his first defense against Cantwell at WEC 35 on August 3. This time around, it was Cantwell who got the win, becoming the new champ following a second round TKO.

According to Stann, the WEC was planning on promoting the third bout in their trilogy in Las Vegas on Dec. 3 but the retired Marine Captain and Silver Star recipient had his heart set in fighting on a military base in front of a crowd of service men and women.

“… All of a sudden I was watching Spike TV and watching the Fight Night and they announced this special featuring the Fallen Heroes Fund and it’s going to benefit TBI (traumatic brain injury) patients,” Stann told MMA Weekly. “I have so much experience with my guys that suffer from TBI and to get to fight on a military base. I was in Iraq when they fought on the marine base last time so I didn’t get a chance to fight or even be there, and I just thought this is a dream come true.”

In preparation for his UFC debut, Stann will be switching training camps from Rory and Adam Singer’s Hardcore Gym in Atlanta, GA to Greg Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, N.M.

Thus far, the rumored card for the live three-hour Spike broadcast is as follows:

  • Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
  • Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet
  • Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Wiman
  • Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell
  • Nate Loughran vs. Tim Credeur
  • Corey Hill vs. Dale Hartt
  • Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff
  • Justin McCully vs. Eddie Sanchez
  • Steve Bruno vs. Luke Cummo
  • Luigi Fioravanti vs. Brodie Farber
  • Neil says:

    I think that Stann being involved in this event was more or less a given. That guys biggest claim to fame is that he is/was in the active millitary, and given that he’s got some moderate popularity (even more so with the troops), not putting him on this card would be a waste of what talent he does have.

  • Caleb Mock says:

    I met Brian Stann at a NAGA in Atlanta last month. He’s gotta be one of the most humble guys I’ve ever met. Hopefully with a switch to Greg Jackson’s camp he’ll develop an MMA skillset to match his personality and become a force to be reckoned with.

    War Stann!

  • mike says:

    with greg jackson in his corner, i hope Stann can make up for his loss. i think switching camps was a great move on his part, and he couldn’t have chosen a better camp. i’m excited to see how both stann and cantwell do in the UFC.

  • b says:

    So do all of the WEC Mids and Light Heavys automaticly transition to the UFC?

  • Davey D says:

    This card looks freaking sick. Those in attendence will experience something very special.

    I think Brian has made a good choice moving to Jackson’s MMA. Greg has that military mindset that will bode well for Stann and the training partner’s he will have there are top notch. Good things will become of this.

  • KTru says:

    Another excellent night for MMA fans

  • Robert says:

    Aside from Koscheck vs. Yoshida and the Frankie Edgar fight this card looks awful.Why is Swick matched up with a guy who barely does enough to stay on the UFC roster and the rest of the fights look pretty weak to say the least.

  • Darius says:

    Hey Robert, if you don’t like the card. Don’t watch. The show is free on Spike!!!!

  • hindsightufuk says:

    thought the ufc would have put on at least a couple of big name fighters for this. they want people to ring in and donate right? that card doesnt really hold much reason for people to tune in. im sure not gonna go out of my way to watch it live. record it watch it later, absolutely, no doubt.
    i thought maybe ortiz would be back to headline it!

  • Ertz says:

    This is a perfect fight to market, and will help transition the WEC guys into the UFC. Regardless of what one thinks of the card, this is a fundraiser foremost, so I doubt the UFC is going to bring in huge fighters who demand bigger salaries per fight. The UFC will make money off of their TV deal, but probably nothing in the way of admission. If one doesn’t want to watch it then fine, this is about getting money to a good cause and either one believes in the cause or doesn’t.

  • mike wolfe says:

    Great move by Stann to train with Jackson. Stann’s loss to Cantwell proved that his game was one dimensional–big power striking. If he can develop some basic wrestling and grappling, he could contend with the next tier of talent.

    I really hate to see WEC drop middleweight and light heavies. That makes the WEC more of a “niche” org. for lighter weights. Sure they have a following, but can they succeed as a brand with a narrower focus? Diminishing WEC would be tragic imo. Zuffa should’ve kept the heavier classes in WEC and used them for developing raw talent and helping new fighters develop fan bases.

  • ttt says:

    no one is opposed to the immediate rematch?
    it’s not like Stann lost a squeaker

  • ttt says:

    might as well add that i hate this new site format
    it’s slow and instead of knowing the stuff at the top is the newest, i have to check out 4 different sections to see what is latest content on the page

  • ViciousUppercut says:

    I’m looking forward to Stann vs. Cantwell 3 more than any other fight. Both have won with exciting KO’s of each other and both are quality up and coming LHW ‘s who throw bombs and come to fight. They are evenly matched and I think they will easily win FOTN honors. They aren’ t afraid of mixing it up or getting hit like some of these other guys, who the first time they get hit they look to clinch. Not these two. Also I’m looking forward to seeing Brandon Wolff. Isn’t Wolff the guy War Machine was afraid to fight and subsequently lost his job for refusing to fight him because he heard Wolff was a beast. It would be funny if he turned out to be a BUM

  • egad81 says:

    I think someone called this fight the day it was annouced…. Was it SAM?


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