For Brian Stann, Change Is Good
Four years ago, when Brian Stann turned pro, he was looking to pad his resume with something that might make for interesting conversation 10 or 20 years down the road. Winning a major championship was the furthest thing was from his mind.
“The first day I started training I thought, ‘This is really cool and it would be cool to look back on my life and say I fought professionally and as an amateur for a little while,’” the 27-year-old recalled. “It was just something I thought would be a great hobby. All of a sudden I turned pro, kept winning fights and here I am. You have to remind me everyday that I’m a champion of a big organization because I certainly don’t remember it or think about it. I never expected to be where I’m at. I’m very fortunate.”
The unbeaten WEC light heavyweight champion, who had lived in North Carolina, recently relocated to Atlanta. Stann has a new job in the healthcare industry and a flexible work schedule that allows him to train full-time. He raves about so-called “Hotlanta” being a hotbed of MMA talent. Just as important, for the first time in his career, Stann has MMA coaches like Adam and Rory Singer, Roan Carneiro and Roberto Traven teaching him the X’s and O’s of technique and fight strategy. After 9 years of military service – including two tours in Iraq – Stann is no longer on active duty, affording him more time to train for his upcoming rematch with Steve Cantwell. And though Stann smashed Cantwell in 49 seconds during their first go-round, he isn’t taking the dangerous challenger lightly.
WEC Signs FW Prospect John Franchi
World Extreme Cagefighting has signed undefeated featherweight prospect and one-time IFL fighter John Franchi (4-0) to a five-fight deal.
He's the latest major signing coming out of the New York-based Team BombSquad. Team manager Ryan Ciotoli confirmed the signing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) over the weekend.
Franchi is the latest in a rash of IFL-fighter signings for Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC and WEC.
With the IFL reportedly just days away from officially ceasing operations, a Zuffa LLC buyout announcement is expected soon.
L.C. Davis to replace injured Cub Swanson at Aug. 5 WEC
WEC veteran Cub Swanson (12-2) suffered a broken hand during a recent training session, and former IFL fighter L.C. Davis (10-1) has agreed to serve as his replacement at WEC 35, an event that takes place Aug. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Davis will fight Swanson's originally scheduled opponent, Hiroyuki Takaya (9-5-1).
Paulo Filho Training with BJJ Champ André Galvão
Undefeated WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho has been shoring up his already nasty Brazilian jiu jitsu game in training for his September 10 title scrap with Chael Sonnen by rolling with decorated BJJ world champion André Galvão, Tatame reports.
"I believe a lot on BJJ, and he’s not a rookie, his an expert, he’s a star. I’m sure he’ll debut with a victory, I trust on BJJ a lot more than any other martial art. It’ll be hard to find an opponent with better BJJ than his", guarantees Filho, that believes Galvão helping him on training will be excellent. "He trained with Wanderlei (Silva) and will help a lot on the ground work. I hadn’t a great material to work with for a long time", celebrates Paulão.
WEC 35 Preview: Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks
An event that is getting absolutely slept on is WEC 35 coming up on August 3. Three title fights are being shown: Carlos Condit vs. Hiromitsu Miura, Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell, and Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks. As far as big names go, the card doesn’t hold much weight with the casual fan but when is the last time that the WEC let us down? I, for one, am looking forward to Varner vs. Hicks the most out of those three fights. I feel it’s the most competitive matchup of the whole lineup. Here’s a couple videos from the WEC’s YouTube channel to get you ready for the fight.
Urijah Faber vs. Mike Brown set for Sept. 10 WEC
After an impressive unanimous-decision victory over Jens Pulver in perhaps the biggest WEC event to date, featherweight champion Urijah Faber (21-1) will return to action and defend his belt Sept. 10 against Mike Brown (15-4).
A source close to Brown told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements were distributed and finalized in the past week.
The WEC 36 bout, which is expected to take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., was first reported by Sherdog.com.
Faber, who made his fifth successful title defense since winning the WEC belt in March 2006, also picked up his 13th consecutive win with the victory over former UFC champ Pulver. His only career loss came to Tyson Griffin in 2005.
Jake Rosholt vs Danillo Villefort WEC 36 fight set for September 10
UFC President Dana White got his man … sorta.
Former three-time NCAA Oklahoma State University Wrestling champion Jake Rosholt has inked a contract to compete in the Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion.
Rosholt –- who is undefeated as a mixed martial artist (4-0) since he turned pro more than one year ago -– is widely regarded as the top 185-pound prospect around. In fact, White recently gushed over the Team Takedown talent in a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine.
Here’s the quick snip:
“He’s the real deal.”
Rosholt was reportedly approached about competing on this season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF); however, the Spike TV reality series features light heavyweights and lightweights. And Rosholt was apparently not interested in moving up 20 pounds to showcase skills.
Who can blame him with that kind of talent and upside. Besides, it all seems to have worked out for the best.
Rosholt has been on the sidelines with an injured hand after a third round technical knockout win over Chad Jay during an Extreme Fighting League middleweight match back in March. He has finished all four of his opponents thus far and will look to do the same when he makes his WEC debut on September 10.
MMAmania.com has learned that his first test will be Danillo Villefort. “Indio” has also won his last four fights, including a submission (kneebar) over Mike Massenzio at an IFL back in May.
Expect to hear a lot of hype around Rosholt. And if he’s successful in his debut there will be a lot of talk that he will soon challenge Paulo Filho or the champion for his strap.
He’s that good.
WEC 36 features the rematch between Filho and Chael Sonnen, as well as featherweight champion Urijah Faber putting his 145-pound belt on the line against Mike Brown.
For an extensive piece on Rosholt check out this story on Yahoo!Sports.com.
Razor Rob's latest blog
Former WEC lightweight champ Razor Rob McCullough is writing a weekly blog for the OC Register. Rob blogged about the elation of finding out his girlfriend was pregnant on his first blog. Last week he found out his girlfriend had a miscarriage. Check what Rob had to say about how he is dealing with the situation:
Carlos Condit prepares for Hiromitsu Miura
It’s the beginning of the second week since I returned from Afghanistan.
Training is going well — no injuries to report other than some minor stuff, but that’s normal. Even though this training camp has not been ideal because of so much traveling, I’m in great shape and feeling pretty sharp.
I’ve been waking up earlier than usual. I’m a bit of a night owl and tend to sleep fairly late in the day, but I guess I’m still on Afghan time. It’s actually been really good for training, giving me time to run in the mountains before it gets too hot.
Yesterday I went way up there! Farther than I’ve ever gone. I thoroughly enjoy running in the New Mexico foothills. Well, maybe not thoroughly … the air is very thin and the terrain is crazy steep and rocky. Actually, running up there is a bitch!
ABC Passes Revised Unified Rules
MONTREAL -- A revised edition of the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts was passed Thursday by the Association of Boxing Commissions via a majority vote at the ABC's annual conference.
Urijah Faber vs Mike Brown WEC 36 fight possible on September 10
After his career-defining win over Jens Pulver, Urijah Faber (21-1) will likely return to the cage to defend his WEC featherweight title against Mike Brown at WEC 36 on September 10, according to MMAWeekly.com.
“The California Kid” outstruck and outwrestled “Lil Evil” for five rounds at WEC 34 last month en route to a unanimous decision victory over the former UFC champion. He was clearly the faster fighter and had Pulver hurt in the second round, demonstrating that his striking prowess has caught up with his superb wrestling pedigree.
Leonard Garcia's Federal charges DROPPED.
"i just wanted to post this to let everyone know that i had the ferderal charges dropped i am still dealing with the state but the charges arent as serious as they seemed so i hope to be back in the cage soon real soon im just waiting on my excellent manager sven (boogie) bean to get that straightened out for me i am gonna be the wec lightweight champ soon this is something i feel strongly about so im telling everyone that is my goal and my dream and that is what im going to do so i will give it my all to do what i say im gonna do"
-From Leonard's Myspace.
I think many people owe him an apology after bad-mouthing him before he was even proven guilty.