At UFC 152 in Toronto, Michael Bisping outlasted Brian Stann to take a unanimous decision victory Saturday night. Bisping appeared and performed as advertised, showing a wider skill set than Stann and pushing his trademark frenetic pace. The fight was well contested, but the outcome was clear.
For Bisping (23-4), the victory probably means entry onto the very short list of challengers for Anderson Silva's next middleweight title defense.
For Stann, though, the future may be a little murkier. The American war hero is now 12-5 overall and 7-4 in the UFC. His signature win to date was arguably over the streaky Chris Leben. Stann has great punching power, but he has fallen short against top opponents, both in middleweight and light heavyweight, dropping fights to perennial top fighters like Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen and now Bisping.
Until further notice, he does not seem to exist at a UFC contender's level.
Stann could still take part in exciting fights. Hector Lombard would still make a good opponent; here's to hoping they can reschedule that fight and make it happen. Jiu-jitsu assassin Rousimar Palhares is another good choice.
Stann is a great story and a likable and telegenic figure. One day, he will belong in the broadcast booth on a full-time basis. But as long as his fighting career continues, Stann belongs in the main events of cable cards and the bottom end of pay-per-views. Nothing higher, nothing lower.
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