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Brian Stann sets sights on returning Jorge Santiago at UFC 130

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.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Pretty stacked card… still kinda would rather of seen the unification bout originally proposed with Pettis getting a crack at frankie but whatever…

  • boomnutz says:

    Joe Silva doesn’t fuck around…this should sort some things out, is Stann a contender or pretender and is Santiago legit

  • stone says:

    This card looks GOOD… I think Santiago takes this one. I think Stann is a tough guy but not as well rounded as Santiago.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Looks to be a good fight, and I personally will not underestimate Stann anymore, I think he takes this one.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Stann has proved that he’s serious and will do whatever’s necessary to improve. He’s come back stronger and more well-rounded after losses. Santiago’s a formidible test, and probably more dangerous than ‘Wand at this point in ‘Wand’s career. It’ll be a great fight, and I give the edge to Stann because of his grit and determination.

  • Dufresne says:

    Santiago is very good, but I’m thinking that the Stann takes this fight. After all, he is a Marine fighting on Memorial Day weekend.

  • elkymbo says:

    How can Rampage beat Machida and not get a title shot. Matt Hamill is a step down in competition. No offense to Matt.

  • boomnutz says:

    Rampage was offered the Shogun fight first, but turned it down because he’s too fat…so instead the Jon Jones era begins…

  • elkymbo says:

    Fair enough Mr Nutz. Didn’t hear that one.


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