While Brian Stann (Pictured) may have left UFC 152 with a unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping, the silver lining his defeat cloud is that company president Dana White believes he actually beat the Brit. So even though Stann technically added another ‘L’ to his professional record, having MMA’s big boss recognize his effort as a win oftentimes means much more in the grand scheme of things.
“I had it one and one (entering the final round), and I thought [Stann] won the 3rdRound. It was close,” White revealed following Thursday’s press conference. “It’s not like this, ‘Holy [expletive]! This is crazy! The judging is terrible!’ It was that close of a fight that it could have gone either way. That’s just the way I saw it.”
Unfortunately for Stann, the three officials sitting Octagon-side witnessed a different scrap. The trio all scored it 29-28 in favor of Bisping. They each awarded the “All-American” with the opening stanza, while crediting Bisping with the final two frames.
“The Count” was more than pleased when he heard the scorecards read, but he was less than thrilled to listen to White’s take on their 15-minute affair.
“Bisping was walking (backstage after the bout) and he asked me, ‘What’d you think?’” White shared. “I told him, ‘I think you lost the 3rdRound. He says, ‘I can’t even get to my [expletive] locker room and you’re telling me you think I lost the fight?’
“Listen, I’m honest. I always tell you what I think. It was close.”
Stann has now dropped two of his past three bouts, while Bisping is victorious in five of his last six contests. Still, White thinks “The Count” is just behind Chris Weidman for next dibs at middleweight king Anderson Silva’s crown.
Weidman gets to (once again) solidify his top contender moniker when he battles Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.