Brian Stann: I'm mentally stronger than any other fighter in the UFCPosted on October 4, 2011, 09:37 AM by Anton Gurevich
In an exclusive interview with MMAMania.com, fan-favorite Brian Stann discussed a wide array of topics ahead of his clash with Chael Sonnen at this weekend's UFC 136.
Answering on question whether Chael Sonnen's unusually warm feelings may be a part of the Oregonian's psychological warfare, Stann declared himself as the mentally strongest fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, adding that the mutual respect with Sonnen is absolutely genuine. Brian Stann also spoke about the improvements he made since the victory over former Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago, and what fans can expect from this weekend's Hero vs. Anti-Hero clash:
"Nobody can mess with my mind. I'm stronger than any fighter in the UFC mentally. I think that having spoken with Chael, literally two weeks before we were matched up to face each other, I think his feelings are genuine and I think when he does dislike a guy, he's genuine about it. He's simply the kind of guy who says things that are on his mind. he doesn't hold back.
Man if you think that fight (vs. Massenzio) was Brian Stann 2.0, I am leaps and bounds better than that fighter. That was over a year ago and I am 10 times better than that fighter now and I have a very well-rounded submission game from working with my jiu-jitsu coach Roberto Traven who's one of the best in the world. I've been training with him for years and in between fights I put a gi on and I train gi jiu-jitsu. I did several gi jiu-jitsu training camps with his team for the world Pan Am games so I feel very well prepared to fight off my back and do the things I'm gonna have to do for this fight.
My wrestling has grown by leaps and bounds and this fight is gonna be an opportunity for me to showcase some of those things. I feel that I am the best prepared opponent Chael will have had in years. I think a lot of the guys watching his fights, they went in there and they really focused on what they were doing and they didn't focus on things he was really good at and they weren't prepared for some of the positions he put them in."
Brian Stann is currently 11-3 in his MMA campaign, enjoying a three-fight winning streak. Stann's last defeats came from the hands of Phil Davis (Light Heavyweight bout), who outwrestled the Marine en route to a Unanimous Decision victory. The last man to finish Brian Stann was "The Polish Experiment" Krzysztof Soszynski, via Kimura, more than two years ago back at UFC 97. Brian Stann is currently unbeaten at Middleweight.