Stann Won't be Fighting for Troops

Written by Tom Ngo
October 8th, 2008

Former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann will have to withdraw from his bout against Steve Cantwell due to a foot injury. Cantwell just defeated Stann for the WEC title in August, avenging a previous loss to him.  This was an opportunity for the former Marine to gain the upper hand on his ex-WEC foe in front of his fellow military peers. “UFC Fight for the Troops” will be held on December 10th at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. There has not been a replacement announced for Stann as of yet.

Stann’s injury was first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com. They confirmed Stann’s injury with sources close to the fighter.

The two have squared off twice before, with each walking away with a victory. This would have been the rubber match.

Stann would have been a crowd favorite, as he was an infantry officer for the United States Marine Corps. The 27-year-old served two tours in Iraq and is a recipient of the Silver Star, an award given for gallantry against the enemy in combat. It is the Marine Corps’ third highest honor after The Medal of Honor and The Navy Cross.

He had been training hard in New Mexico with Greg Jackson’s “Jackson Submission Fighting” camp.

This would have been the UFC debut for both fighters as Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the WEC and the UFC, decided to eliminate the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions from the WEC.

Here are the fighters Rumored to be competing the the card:

Steve Cantwell vs. TBD
Liugi Fioravanti vs. Brodie Farber
Nate Loughran vs Tim Credeur
Dale Hartt vs. Cory Hill
Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff
Eddie Sanchez vs. Justin McCully
Steve Bruno vs. Luke Cummo
Matt Wiman vs. Frankie Edgar
Mike Swick and Jonathan Goulet

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