Saturday, March 31, 2012

Brian Stann The Real American Hero,UFC Contender


UFC Ultimate Insider: Brian Stann, Operation Matador

Mar 21, 2012
UFC middleweight and U.S. Marine Brian Stann walks us through every harrowing detail of the mission for which he was awarded the Silver Star. Stann fights April 14 at UFC on FUEL TV.
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(Marine Corps Captain Brian Stann receiving his Silver Star in March 2006 for bravery and leadership in battle)
Today marks the 236th birthday of the United States Marines, and as such, I thought it would be fitting to print an outtake quote from an interview I did with Brian Stann earlier this month for a recent Fighters Only Magazine story.
When talk turned to the growing contingent of MMA fans who have publicly blasted “All American” for memorializing his fallen military brothers and sisters, Stann, a decorated retired  Marine said that he makes no apologies for paying them tribute whenever he has a public forum to do so.
“They just don’t understand. I don’t like to say it’s ignorance, because I don’t want to insult anybody, but they aren’t educated or informed about the topic. When guys like me and Tim [Kennedy] talk about the military as much as we do, I like to give compare it to the analogy of being in a serious car crash and losing someone you care about in the accident,” Stann explains. “That incident is going to stick with you the rest of your life and you aren’t ever going to forget it. And you’re probably going to memorialize that person or that event in a lot of different aspects of your life. I’ve seen people run marathons for friends or cousins who they’ve lost to regular everyday tragedies and diseases.”
“Tim and I went to war several times and we’ve experienced the loss of people very close to us and of course we’re going to talk about them and memorialize them and pay tribute to them when we get the opportunity on national TV. I don’t care how many people make fun of us on Twitter or make comments on forums about us being too patriotic or overly pro-military. They aren’t going to stop me from doing that. Period,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of those [derogatory]comments. I try to stay away from reading things like that on forums and social media. The things I do read are what people tell me about. It has nothing to do with what the war was about or any political or moral stance; it’s simply about the young men and women who volunteered to server their country and were put into a war and didn’t survive. Those memories stick with you for a long time.”

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UFC Heavyweight Champion Jr. Dos Santos

UFC Heavyweight Champion

 Very ‘Chuck Liddell Like’


When looking at UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos‘ record inside the Octagon, it’s a pretty impressive list of victories.
The Brazilian started out on day one facing countryman Fabricio Werdum, who was at the time a top ten heavyweight and considered an extremely tough test for any fighter, much less someone making his UFC debut.
Dos Santos knocked him out in the first round.
From there Dos Santos went on to wreak havoc in the UFC’s biggest division picking up wins over Stefan Struve, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Gilbert Yvel, Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin, and then his title fight win over Cain Velasquez.
He now faces former K-1 Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem for his first title defense, but despite his impressive accolades, UFC president Dana White is still very interested to see how he fares with such a difficult stylistic match-up.
“For me, the  question is how is Dos Santos going to deal with the kicks and the knees and the elbows? Since he’s been in the UFC, I’ve never seen him have to deal with that. It’s stuff that he’s going to have to deal with from Alistair Overeem,” White said recently.
White believes that Dos Santos has emulated another of his favorite fighters in Chuck Liddell thus far in his UFC career. Now that is of course a compliment, but it also raises some questions about Dos Santos’ readiness to face a striker as dangerous as Overeem.
“He’s fought a pretty one-dimensional fight, he’s fought very Chuck Liddell like in that he’s great at defending the takedown, he drops bombs, he throws heavy punches, but he’s never dealt with anybody who’s going to throw kicks and knees and work in the clinch the way that Alistair Overeem does,” White stated.
“I’m real curious to see how Junior Dos Santos is planning on dealing with that.”
There’s no question that Overeem’s striking credentials are almost unmatched when it comes to heavyweights competing in MMA.
A devastating power puncher with nasty knees and serious knockout power, Overeem won the 2010 K-1 Grand Prix in kickboxing, and in his UFC debut he punished former champion Brock Lesnar with a body kick before finishing him on the ground with strikes.
Overeem presents a set of skills that Dos Santos might not have seen before in the Octagon, but will it matter?
Tune in to UFC 146 in May to find out.






14-1-0( W-L-D )

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from all fights.
Total Fights:9
Record:14-1-0
Summary:Boxing, strength

Fighter Info

Nickname:Cigano
From:Santa Catarina Brazil
Fights Out Of:Salvador, Bahia Brazil
Age:28
Height:6' 4" ( 193 cm )
Weight:238 lb ( 108 kg )

TOTAL ATTEMPTED STRIKES
0
737
47% SUCCESSFUL
349
TYPES OF SUCCESSFUL STRIKES
0
349
75% STANDING
12%
13%
263
42
44
STRIKING DEFENSE

The percentage of total strikes avoided

TOTAL TAKEDOWNS
0
4
75% SUCCESSFUL
3
GRAPPLING TOTALS BY TYPE
SUBM.
PASSES
SWEEPS
0
1
0
TAKEDOWN DEFENSE

The percentage of total takedowns avoided
ResultFightersEventStrTDSubPassMethodReplay
Cain Velasquez Nov 12, 2011 7000R1 KO/TKO
Junior Dos Santos8000
WIN
Shane Carwin Jun 11, 2011 20100R3 Decision - Unanimous
Junior Dos Santos88201
WIN
Roy Nelson Aug 7, 2010 40000R3 Decision - Unanimous
Junior Dos Santos130100
WIN
Junior Dos Santos Mar 21, 2010 20000R1 KO/TKO
Gabriel Gonzaga9100
WIN
Junior Dos Santos Jan 2, 2010 14000R1 KO/TKO
Gilbert Yvel3000
WIN
Junior Dos Santos Sep 19, 2009 70000R3 Submission
Mirko Cro Cop22000
WIN
Junior Dos Santos
UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson
Feb 21, 2009 
12000R1 KO/TKO
Stefan Struve0000

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