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http://mmajunkie.com/news/20750/chris-leben-vs-brian-stann-targeted-for-ufc-125-new-years-day-event.mma

A middleweight bout between Chris Leben (21-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC) and former WEC champion Briann Stann (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been targeted for the Jan. 1 UFC 125 card.

Sources close to the event today alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the tentative plans, though bout agreements have not been signed.

Although not officially announced, UFC 125 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.

If finalized the fight likely will be part of the televised main card.

Post #1   9/22/10 3:57:30PM   

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Leben FTW, he keeps rolling. Maybe seems like a step down for Leben, as Stann has only 1 MW fight, but it should be a good fight for sure.

Post #2   9/22/10 5:16:42PM   

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I think there trying to give Leben the best Highlight reel package 1 fighter has got

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Rather see him fight Wanderlei but oh well.

Post #5   9/22/10 6:19:28PM   

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Stann went from one of the most exciting fighters in the world to watch to one of the most boring IMO. I hope Leben knocks him the hell out

Post #6   9/22/10 6:26:50PM   

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Decent fight. Gottas easily go with leban by murder
But with stann. I would love to see a three round slugfest sad thing is this
Fight probably won't make it past the first

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i think leben's gonna take this one.

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this is gonna be a difficult one for me. i'm a US marine so i always root for stann but leban has always been one of my favorite fighters. it should be good though. if leban wins they better put wandy and leban in there together. if i never get to see that fight i will be fu*king pissed off at the whole world.

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I feel you bro, he has been on my top favs list since he debuted....but I will pick with my head here and go with Leben by KO....during the fight I won't root either side but I will just cheer the performance....it's really not that hard. I do it with football all the time.

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This is terrible match making. Leben deserves to fight someone better than Stann. It's like Joe Silva is saying "Hey, thanks for those two awesome fights that you won in 13 days, but I think we need to knock you back down the ladder a bit..."

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Posted by trevail

This is terrible match making. Leben deserves to fight someone better than Stann. It's like Joe Silva is saying "Hey, thanks for those two awesome fights that you won in 13 days, but I think we need to knock you back down the ladder a bit..."



I concur. I like both fighters, and it should make for an exciting fight (which is most likely what matters to a lot of people in the end -- which is fine). If I had a set UFC divisional rankings, I would have liked to have seen Leben compete against Wanderlei (although injured) or a Demian Maia.

Leben-Stann should be fireworks, and definitely a fight I could see either guy win, but meh.. I would have liked to have seen Leben fight a guy higher up on the ladder (at this point in time) is all.

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Posted by trevail

This is terrible match making. Leben deserves to fight someone better than Stann. It's like Joe Silva is saying "Hey, thanks for those two awesome fights that you won in 13 days, but I think we need to knock you back down the ladder a bit..."



Agreed, I don't like this fight at all. Wandy is the fight that makes the most sense for Leben at the moment. It would be an explosive fight (possible main event material) and a step up the ladder. A loss to Stann would write Leben out of contention. I think he will win.... but losing this fight is more detrimental than the good which would come from a W.

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I think this will be a better fight then people are giving it credit for. Stann is a strong dude with good takedowns and power, he's not going to get flat out whooped. I do think it is a step in the wrong direction for Leben though, if he wins it, then it does absolutely nothing for him in the division, since Stann has only 1 mw fight/win. If Leben loses, then he's going to be knocked down a ways, granted the MW division isn't stacked with tons of big players, so it wouldn't take him long to get back to where he is now.

My question is why the heck are they throwing Grove a bone, against Maia and giving Leben ,Stann? I think those fights should be swaped with Leben fighting Maia. I would much rather see Gerald Harris and Leben fight right now then any other matchup, both guys are climbing the ladder pretty quick and that would be a nasty fight.

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Leben by solid decision...Stann gets the UFC axe

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