UFC middleweight Brian Stann is one of the numerous fighters on the organization’s roster sidelined at the moment with an injury. His affliction forced him out of a headlining bout with Hector Lombard at UFC on FOX 4 and, apparently, will keep him out of commission until mid-fall.

Stann elaborated on his condition in an interview with Fuel TV during their coverage of UFC on FX 3 where he explained he’d suffered a “Grade 2 separation of his right AC joint” and would have to wait at least six weeks before fully resuming his training schedule.

“Probably the biggest issue I’m gonna face right now is trying to return too early. I’ve always been that way,” said Stann of the recovery process. “I’d like to be able to at least get back in the gym and be able to hit pads…maybe do some light grappling…in 4-5 weeks so that I can compete as soon as possible. But the doctors were very adamant in telling me that even at six weeks I’m not going to be 100% to wrestle and to really put the pressure that I’m gonna need to do to train for a fight.”

When he does eventually surface healthy again Stann will be gunning for a challenge instead of easing back into things as a way to assist in achieving his ultimate goal.

“I want to fight anybody ranked ahead of me,” Stann stated confidently. “(Fighters) want the belt. We all want to be champions. Everybody’s fighting to be champion. And in order to do that you’ve gotta beat the guys that are ranked above you.”

Two of those men, at least in Stann’s eyes, are Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort who are also both out with injuries at the moment. However, if either comes back in a timeframe similar to Stann’s, the 12-4 “All-American” would be more than willing to sign his name to a bout agreement to serve as their return opponent.

“I would welcome a fight with either one of those guys. I’d be honored to fight them. They’re both great fighters,” praised the former Marine when asked about the possibility.

For now, rather than focus on future foes, Stann will put his energy into treating his rehabilitation with the same dedication he applies to preparing for fights inside the Octagon. And, with that being the case, chances are the 31-year old will be back sooner than expected and better than before.

Check out the complete interview with Stann below: