The WEC and UFC Merge at UFC Fight Night 16 "UFC Fights for the Troops"

Derek BedellAnalyst ISeptember 26, 2008

Brian Stann to Face Steve Cantwell at UFC Fight Night 16 "UFC Fights For The Troops"

WEC guys already headed to the UFC... recently spoke with former WEC light-heavyweight champion Brian Stann and he has confirmed that he will face Steve Cantwell at UFC Fight Night 16 "UFC Fights for the Troops" on Dec. 10 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Stann and Cantwell have fought twice in the past, with each securing a win each time.

Cantwell recently captured the WEC light-heavyweight title from Stann back in August. However, with the WEC recently announcing that they will abolish the light-heavyweight and middleweight divisions, the UFC has decided to schedule the third fight between the two for December.

Stann is a veteran of the Marine Corps and had the following to say about fighting in front of the troops:

"They were talking to me about a rematch right after I lost that fight, so I was already excited about that and I thought it was going to be Dec. 3 in Vegas, so I'd be fighting Steve (Cantwell) in his hometown for the third time. It was kind of like a tear in my heart because all of a sudden I was watching Spike TV and watching the Fight Night and they announced this special featuring the Fallen Heroes Fund and it's going to benefit TBI (traumatic brain injury) patients.

"I have so much experience with my guys that suffer from TBI and to get to fight on a military base. I was in Iraq when they fought on the marine base last time so I didn't get a chance to fight or even be there, and I just thought this is a dream come true.

"Most people go to fights to watch their heroes or their role model fight. For me, to fight in Fort Bragg, and Fort Bragg is only an hour and 15 minutes away from my old Marine corps base, so a ton of my marines are going to be up there, plus all the young soldiers. That's like a dream come true to me. Now, I'm fighting in front of my heroes, the people who inspire me.

"I'll fight till I'm dead in front of those guys. It's a lifetime experience right there. I'm really excited. I was already calling a bunch of my Marines.

"One in particular, a guy by the name of Robert Gas, who when we were hit by a suicide vehicle during my first tour and he took some severe shrapnel damage to the head and he had several brain surgeries since then and obviously suffers from severe TBI, and I'm going to be contacting him and getting him cage side seats and flying him up for that."

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