Brian Stann says a "fist fight" won't affect his friendship with Chael SonnenPosted on August 20, 2011, 04:55 PM by Joey Santosus
Top Middleweight contender Brian Stann, who will face Chael Sonnen at UFC 136, discusses his opponent, as well as his evolution as a fighter at Jackson's MMA. Stann reveals that he and Sonnen had plans to train together prior to their bout being scheduled, but says that a fist-fight won't change their friendship.
"I thought I was going to fight Mark Munoz, he thought he was going to fight Wanderlei Silva, and we actually talked about, well, if those are our two match-ups next, maybe we'll link up and find a place to do some training. I can learn off his wrestling and he can get a guy to strike against him like me, who can throw big shots. So we agreed on that and we saw each other a week later at UFC 132. The UFC sat us right next to each other, along with other fighters, and we're all shaking hands and talking to each other, etc. And, literally, two days later I get the call and Joe Silva says, 'Hey, this is the fight.' - and that's it. Chael e-mailed me that night and he said, 'Brian, I can't sleep with the news tonight. You know I consider you a friend and that won't change on my side.' And I e-mailed him back and said, 'You know Chael, it's just a fist fight. In the big scheme of things it means very little. Let's get out there, let's get after it but after this, nothing changes. It's no big deal."