It appears Brian Stann’s wish to face a successful Brazilian with championship credentials in his next fight has been granted…sort of. Fresh off an opening round TKO of Chris Leben at UFC 125, the Marine hero expressed his interest in testing his skills against Wanderlei Silva. However, with Silva still in the process of recovering from knee surgery the UFC has instead paired Stann with 23-8 Sengoku middleweight title-holder Jorge Santiago at UFC 130.
The Memorial Day Weekend match-up was originally mentioned as a possibility in a report on HeavyMMA and has since been confirmed by UFC officials.
Stann has won back-to-back fights since dropping down from the light heavyweight division including the dubya over Leben as well as submission success against Mike Massenzio at “UFC Live on Versus 2”. He is 10-3 overall in his career with seven TKOs to his credit.
The date will mark Santiago’s return to the Octagon after a 1-2 stint in 2006. Since parting ways with the promotion the American Top Team fighter has gone 11-1 with victories over Jeremy Horn, Trevor Prangley, and Kazuo Misaki (X2). The 30-year old Brazilian has finished twenty-one of the twenty-three opponents he’s beaten with nine TKOs and twelve submission wins.
UFC 130 is current set for May 28 and will be headlined by the completion of Frank Edgar’s trilogy with Gray Maynard. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is also expected to throw down with Matt Hamill at the event in addition to former heavyweight champ Frank Mir taking on TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson.