Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
There is plenty of reason to question Stann's place in the middleweight division after being outgrappled by striker Michael Bisping.
Brian Stann deserves every bit of the adoration he has been showered with since knocking out Chris Leben back at UFC 125. The bottom line, however, is that Stann floundered really badly against Michael Bisping.
Bisping is a fighter who, in all likelihood, could have matched him punch-for-punch with his solid kickboxing. However, he opted to take Stann down over the course of the fight and exposed the fact that Brian Stann is just plain too weak a grappler to be considered a top-10 middleweight.
He still owns some of the UFC's heaviest hands. He is still one of the UFC's most popular fighters. That said, he is now on the outside looking in on the middleweight title picture and will likely remain there for the indefinite future.
It's unfortunate, because I love Brian Stann. But he just seems lost when he is not in a brawl.
He is still going to be a main-card fighter and is still a name in the middleweight division. There are many fighters that would jump at the chance to fight him and there are plenty of compelling matchups that can be made, including bouts against Wanderlei Silva, Constantinos Philippou or the winner of Hector Lombard vs. Rousimar Palhares.
Once again, though, Stann seems now to be a one-hit wonder.