Dana White says Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann still on for UFC 130

By John Morgan

LAS VEGAS – Despite conflicting reports, UFC president Dana White insists Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) will indeed meet Brian Stann (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC 130.

The UFC boss told MMAjunkie.com that while Silva has shown some resistance to the matchup, the two middleweight sluggers will indeed meet in May.

“It’s on,” White said flatly of the matchup. “It’s on.”

Featuring a lightweight title fight between current champion Frankie Edgar and nemesis Gray Maynard, UFC 130 takes place May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Stann first initiated talks of the potential matchup by respectfully asking for the fight following a January TKO win over Chris Leben.

“This is with the utmost respect,” Stann started. I think I’d like to fight Wanderlei (Silva) next. He’s been a guy that I’ve watched for years before I ever put a glove on. He’s amazing. I want him.”

White then cast some doubt over the matchup at a January Q&A session in Texas, when he admitted Silva wasn’t too keen to playing a bad guy against the man known as “All American.”

“We were actually trying to hook [Silva] up with Brian Stann,” White said in January. “He doesn’t want to fight Brian Stann. He’s like, ‘[Expletive] that. Everybody is going to hate me if I fight Brian Stann. Everybody loves Brian Stann.’ But that’s the fight we’re trying to make right now.”

Nevertheless, earlier this week the Silva vs. Stann matchup was announced via the UFC’s web-based series, “UFC Ultimate Insider,” and the bout is still listed on UFC.com.


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