MMA decent article on Brian Stann

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    http://www.thetimes-tribune.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19423840&BRD=2185&PAG=461&dept_id=416049&rfi=6


    Freedom fighter
    BY SCOTT WALSH
    STAFF WRITER

    03/26/2008

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][FONT=arial,helvetica][SIZE=-2] Scranton Prep graduate Brian Stann battles tonight for the World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight title in Las Vegas. PHOTO COURTESY OF WORLD EXTREME CAGEFIGHTING [/SIZE][/FONT][​IMG]

    WEC basics


    Background
    Formed in June 2001, the WEC features mixed martial arts competition where fighters utilize the disciplines of jiu-jitsu, karate, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, judo, kung fu and tae kwon do.
    It is the sister organization to the Ultimate Fighting Cham*pionship (UFC) with two main differences.
    First, the octagon-shaped steel cage in which WEC fights are held is smaller — 25 feet in diameter, opposed to 32 feet in UFC. The smaller cage leads to more intense, fast-paced action.
    Second, WEC focuses on lower weight classes, of which there are six.

    Equipment
    Fighters use 4-6-ounce gloves designed to protect the hand, but not large enough to improve the striking surface or the weight of the punch.
    Shorts and kickboxing trunks are the only uniforms allowed.
    Shirts, gis and shoes may not be worn to prevent grabbing. A gi is the two-piece uniform worn in karate and judo.

    Bout duration
    All nonchampionship bouts are three rounds. Champion*ship bouts are five rounds.
    Rounds last five minutes, with a one-minute rest period between each round.

    Rules
    Mandatory drug testing No head-butting, eye goug*ing, biting, hair pulling or fish hooking (putting a finger into an orifice of an opponent and pull*ing, with the intent of tearing the skin).
    No groin attacks or throat strikes of any kind.
    No strikes to the spine or the back of the head.
    No striking downward using the point of the elbow.
    No clawing, pinching or twist*ing flesh.
    No kicking or kneeing the head of a grounded oppo*nent.
    Also, no stomping on a grounded opponent.
    No kicks to the kidney with the heel.
    No spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.
    No throwing an opponent out of the cage.
    No holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
    No spitting at an opponent, or using abusive language in the cage.
    No timidity, e.g., avoiding con*tact with an opponent or faking an injury.

    Ways to win
    Submission by physical or verbal tap out.
    Technical knockout by the referee.
    Unanimous, split or majority decision.
    Unanimous, spilt or majority draw. Technical decision.
    Technical draw.
    Disqualification.
    Forfeit.
    No contest.
    — SCOTT WALSH


    When a player hits a game-winning shot, he is labeled a hero.

    An athlete who competes while injured is often called a warrior.

    “It was war out there,” someone will say about a particularly intense contest.

    The military analogies so often used by athletes to describe games bothers Brian Stann.

    Having served two tours of duty in Iraq, Stann knows all about what he calls the true heroes and warriors. They are the men he has served with in the Marine Corps, and he tries to honor them every time he steps into the cage as a fighter in World Extreme Cagefighting.

    He will do it again tonight, when the 27-year-old Scranton Prep graduate known as “All American” faces champion Doug “The Rhino” Marshall for the WEC light heavyweight title at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event will be televised on Versus at 9 p.m.

    “All the Marines I’ve had during my time in the Marine Corps and my two tours of Iraq, those guys are like my sons,” said Stann, who has a 5-0 record. “Unfortunately, I’ve lost some very close friends. When you’re that close with guys and you lose them that way in combat, I feel the biggest thing I owe them is to live my life to the fullest. Not just fighting, but everything I do, I do in their memory. It allows me to push myself and go to a point where my opponent won’t go.”

    Since returning from Iraq for the second time in February 2007, Stann’s career has skyrocketed.

    A former standout on the Cavaliers football team, Stann still holds school records for career rushing (1,332) and passing (2,675) yards by a quarterback. He then went on to the United States Naval Academy, where he also played football, and after graduating in 2003, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and sent to Quantico, Va., for his officer training.

    That is where he began to participate in the martial arts that are featured in the WEC.

    “I’m a pretty ultra-competitive person,” Stann said. “Football was over and I was looking for something. Knowing that I was going to go to Iraq and lead men into combat, I thought fighting would be a great way to quench the competitive thirst and also help prepare me for combat.”

    All five of Stann’s professional fights have ended either by knockout or technical knockout, including a WEC-record 16-second TKO of Miguel Cosio in June 2006.

    Now, he’s getting a shot at the title.

    “Really, all it was was a hobby — something I did everyday after work to stay in great shape,” he said. “I just kept winning and it turned into a fast track.”

    To prepare for the fight, Stann has spent the last 12 weeks training twice a day for 4-6 hours, six days a week.

    In the morning, he works on his technique, strength and conditioning. At night, he works some more on his technique and does some intense sparing.

    At the same time, he juggles his family and a job as a commanding officer at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He has been married two years to the former Teressa Ruspi, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader to whom he proposed on the 50-yard line following a game. They have a five-month old daughter, Alexandra.

    “It’s an up-very-early, home-very-late kind of thing,” Stann said. “I’ll come home for dinner and spend about an hour with my wife and daughter. Then I pass out and wake up and do it all over again.”

    The real fight

    Long days of training are nothing compared to what Stann endured in May 2005 in Karabilah, Iraq.

    As part of Operation Matador, Stann led 42 men into battle attempting to seize a bridge. Over an eight-day period, the squad faced ambushes, grenade attacks, machine-gun fire and suicide bombers. One of the squad’s tanks was hit and four Marines were injured. Stann rescued the wounded soldiers and had them evacuated.

    “We traversed some very tough enemy terrain,” Stann said. “We got into a lot of gunfights, had one tank destroyed and one humvee destroyed. Fortunately, we won every engagement and were able to get all our men out of there safely.”

    Indeed, when it was over, all 42 men survived. For his actions and his bravery, Stann was awarded the Silver Star on March 10, 2006. It is the Marine Corps’ third-highest honor.

    One, however, gets the impression that Stann grows tired of talking about how he earned the Silver Star. While proud of the honor, he said he simply was doing his job.

    “I don’t do it for the medals. I don’t care about them whatsoever,” Stann said. “Certainly, I wear it with pride for my men and my unit. But leading Marines in combat and saving Marines in combat is my job as an officer.”

    Military mindset

    Having a military background has helped Stann with his WEC career, particularly from a mental standpoint.

    “My mindset is how to break down the enemy,” Stann said. “Identify his strengths and weaknesses, attack his weaknesses utilizing my strengths and really seize the initiative and make him react to me. Any time you’re reacting to your opponent, it’s not a positive in your favor.”

    Getting Marshall to react to him is something Stann hopes to accomplish tonight.

    Marshall (7-2) has more experience and has twice successfully defended his title. Not only has he won by knockout, but also by submission.

    “Doug’s a tough guy, but I think there are some things I can capitalize on,” Stann said. “I know I’ll definitely be in better condition. I think I’m more skilled in a couple areas. It’s going in there and imposing my will on him and making him break mentally.”

    If that doesn’t happen and Marshall is able to win, Stann will be fine. After everything he has been through, one loss is nothing.

    “If I were to lose this fight, it wouldn’t be the end of me,” he said. “I’ll go back and train and work my way up again.

    “But, I don’t plan on losing this fight.”

    Spoken like a true warrior.

    Contact the writer: [email protected]

    ©The Times-Tribune 2008
     
  2. ilduce

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    Its a bit different but the same idea on selling how someone is a wrestler, grew up with a bad home life, etc. Living with a reporter I can attest to understanding just selling a paper, etc.
     
  3. it's just such a caricature, you know? I remember one post-fight interview he was like "Whatever, I been blown up twice in iraq. This ain't nothing."

    lame.
     
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    100% agreement


    next step is have some fighters act like they are taliban and maybe some soviets too,,,oh wait they don't exist anymore, insert random cliche stereotype here instead'

    ah and at the end of 1 of his fights i watched he saluted the crowd,,,,wtf is he saluting civilians? why? huh? save the patriotic bullshit and just fight
     
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    Rambo FTW:dunno:
     
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    Rambo FTMFW :)

    but this dude does not = Rambo :(
     
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    I was more or less stating that we no longer have a problem with the Soviets or that big of a problem with the Taliban anymore because of Rambo and Rambo alone.
     
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    soldier, yeah ok. :ugh:
    its kinda lame that you think its lame.

    he's not out seeking press and pub, wec is just trying to market their product.
    he's busting his ass training for his fights and putting in alot of work at camp lejeune.
    he's an officer, not a grunt.
     
  9. I didn't say anything other than I disliked the way they were marketing him (and the way he was marketing himself really).
     
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    i dont see it any difference than franklin being marketed as the math teacher or hughes as the farmer or kimbo as the crazy black man that eats children.
    If you are proud of somethign you would want to be known for it.
     
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    Stann is for real--He's a Marine first, and a fighter second.

    That's not lame.
     
  12. does franklin come into the ring with a math book, have math talked about during all his fights, and then talk about his teaching experiences later?


    I have nothing against the military, a lot of my family is in the military or are vets, and one of my friends is in Iraq now. I just don't think it has any more relation to MMA than being a math teacher or a farmer.
     
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    :rolleyes:
    its who he is.

    he would be disrespecting the institution if he wasnt constantly representing the marine corps. especially since he's still active.
    fioravanti did his 4 years and he's out, brian stann is still serving and out doing tours.

    and yeah, once youve been in actual war with shit blowin up and bodies gettin messed up around you... being in a cage with one dude and a ref isnt nothing to freak out about.
     
  14. you don't find it annoying that every one of his interviews is like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRfpsiQEcrA

    ?

    Fioravanti isn't talking about the marines every time he opens his mouth or saluting the audience like they're officers or something.
     
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    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

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    Judo Terry needs to stop going by the african assassin and stop making jokes about running through the bush in africa.
     
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    I think its just his motivation. A lot of guys talk about how bad their childhood was, etc. If you look at the fight game its usually filled with people that are fighting for something and that something is what they hold close to their heart, helps motivate them, gives them strength, etc.
     
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    A. you are correct, Rambo defeated all foes, the only reason why we have enemies today is that Rambo is tired and is taking a break

    B. I hate to side with Humungus but he's right on this. mentioning something in passing and ramming something down people's throats are 2 very different things. I'm so sick of all this soldier shit it's fucking funny.

    C. don't give me this love the soldier shit i lost 2 uncles in vietnam, my dad was wounded in vietnam, my older brother lost a leg in desert storm and i wasn't in the military only because they didn't clear me medically with my knee (multiple operations around my upper teens lower 20's which is when i wanted to join, now i'm a bit old) so i'm not anti military, i'm anti fake lame ass patriotic ra ra bullshit

    D. if you server you serve, if you don't you don't this guy is pimping his military service like he wants nut suckers to pat him on the back, maybe it's just the promoters and not him i don't know, but his saluting the camera is so fucking lame it makes me wanna puke.
     
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    while i disagree i see your point. i just don't like troop bashing and tend to be pretty lenient with the pride people take in their service with the armed forces :dunno:
     
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    You can't take away that he was a good soilder. He was awarded the silver star and protected his troops. Him saluting the camera is lame but hey he is military and takes a huge pride in it.

    For some reason ithink of GI Joe.......the more you know....GI JOEEEEE or maybe GI STANNNNNNNNN
     
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    That's the way Marines are. I would normally :rofl: at the people here who make fun of a guy who's patriotic and risks his life for the rest of us, but unfortunately, those pussies vote.
     
  21. :rofl:

    Anything critical of any aspect of any soldier is unpatriotic? Are you that brainwashed?
     
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    whup I wish you had children and.. so that I could step

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    OMG SOLIDER-BASHING PINKO COMMIES!

    The marine angle is intensely annoying. I don't give a shit if the fighter is a solider or works a shift at McDonald's. Everyone has their life story and their hardships.

    Just because someone is a marine doesn't make him more meritorious than someone else. It also doesn't exempt someone from criticism.

    I have more respect for the solider that does his job quietly rather than try and make it known to everyone. Not to say it's Stann's fault; WEC have probably chosen this angle, and maybe Stann does the salute for the sake of his fallen comrades rather than to pander to the crowd. I'm still sick of it either way.

    Also on a personal opinion level and trying not to get too political, I'll like a peace-keeping soldier working in a hotspot over a gung ho US Marine caricature in questionable engagements. No doubt my point here will be missed; I'm not America bashing, I'm saying that just because you're a soldier doesn't mean you're actually fighting for something I believe in and that you're some magical hero who's a great guy with unquestionable morals.
     
  23. agree 100%
     
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    i miss the Genki banner :wtc:
     

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