Posted by BlueSkiesBurn
We are talking about two different animals here. Sonnen was visibly out of shape for his fight with Bisping and was in peak shape for his fight with Stann. Also, I wouldn't say that Sonnen walked right through Stann. Rewatch the fight. Sonnen got rocked several times in that fight when they were in stand-up mode. He definitely wanted ZERO to do with Stann's fists. That's why he took him down repeatedly.
Bisping isn't exactly known for taking fighters to the ground repeatedly and would likely stand and trade with Stann. Also, Sonnen is a much more powerful wrestler than most people believe. Stann has plenty of power and can be difficult for someone without Sonnen's pedigree to wrestle down. I firmly believe Stann could win this fight and likely would win this fight.
Plus, we all remember what happened last time Bisping fought someone reppin' the good old U.S. of A.
Okay, while I agree with most of your post (notably the part where Stann would be a live underdog against Bisping) I strongly disagree with your spin on Stann vs. Sonnen. According to FightMetric
, Stann landed two
significant strikes, much less than what would constitute "[rocking] several times," against Sonnen and was outstruck altogether by more than four to one, which is further skewed if one counts only "significant strikes," which claim Sonnen outlanded Stann fourteen-to-one. Sure, Sonnen probably would have lost striking exchanges, but there were none. Although Stann defended efficiently for maybe two minutes, I do not think that warrants defining that fight as more than just a one-sided beating.
I would take Bisping against Stann, personally, because I think Stann would have trouble finding Bisping's chin. Would be an interesting fight though.