Editor's Note: This piece originally ran with the title "Stann: Belcher's not a draw, I want Bisping." At no point did Brian Stann say that Belcher was not a draw. To the contrary, Stann expressed nothing but respect for his potential opponent, saying "Alan Belcher's a fantastic fighter, he's a great guy, but I just personally think the fight between me and Bisping would attract more attention." The Underground Blog would like to publicly apologize to Brian Stann for the error, and as well apologize to any fans who were mislead.
Stann, who is currently recovering from a shoulder injury, heard Bisping mention his name on Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight and he was immediately excited about the prospects of the fight.
“I think that’s a fight that I need to jump at because he’s obviously ranked higher than I am. He’s a guy that’s right up there in the mix for a title shot, which is what we all want. Of course I want to fight Michael Bisping,” Stann told MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
“He’s a star in the UFC, he makes big time money, he’s got everything that everybody else wants, and he’s earned it. So I want to take that. I saw the interview and I know my shoulder will be ready for Sept. 22 in Toronto (UFC 152) and that would be a great honor to put that fight on for the fans.”
"I want him because he’s a very good fighter, he’s very close to a title shot and I was close to a title shot as well and that’s what I want to get to. I know I’ve gotten better in the last seven or eight months. I went up to Oregon to train with Chael Sonnen to prove to myself how much better I’ve gotten and I know I can compete with anybody.”
“He’s the biggest star in England and with my background here in America, it’s just a fitting storyline going into a fight. Alan Belcher’s a fantastic fighter, he’s a great guy, but I just personally think the fight between me and Bisping would attract more attention,” Stann stated.
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