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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Last Saturday night at UFC 152, Michael Bisping defeated Brian Stann by decision after a fairly close 15 minute bout. However, despite some even back and forth action in the bout, it seemed clear that Bisping was the rightful winner before the scores were read.
That wasn't the case for Stann, who said after the event that he thought he won the fight, and added he had heard the same from UFC President Dana White.
"[I'm] disappointed obviously. Dana came back after the fight and told me he thought I won the fight," Stann said on the Fuel TV post-show. "Of course I am going to be biased, I was in there and I thought I won. I have to take an analytical view. I knew it was going to be close, but I thought I won the fight."
The loss was Stann's second in his last three bouts, the other coming against Chael Sonnen last year. But despite those two defeats, Stann thinks he can get himself right back into the mix with a couple of quality wins given the parity in the middleweight division.
"I think I could still fight the good contenders, I don't think I go back to fighting the up and comers," he said. "I think if I get two big wins in a row, I can get right back to a fight that means something. There are a lot of us to who have gotten there, fall down and then come back. That is what I have to do."
Penick's Analysis: I'm not sure a case can really be made for Stann taking the fight over Bisping. At best the only round he took was the first, due to a big strike late in the round that rocked Bisping and had him staggering. Even then, Bisping never went down and had out-struck Stann for most of the round prior to that. From there, Bisping continued landing more on the feet, and added in takedowns to the mix as well. Stann just wasn't able to connect on the big shot again, and because of that it wasn't enough to take the fight. He definitely can bounce back in this division, but he wasn't victimized by the judges in this one.
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