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World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell will once again take on former WEC title holder Brian Stann at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s “Fight for the Troops” event on December 10 at Fort Bragg according to MMA Weekly.
The news comes just one day after the WEC announced that it would be dissolving it’s light heavyweight and middleweight classes following the conclusion of it’s scheduled December 3 event. The UFC is expected to add many of the fighters from each division to their roster.
According to Stann, UFC and WEC officials began discussing a potential rematch following Cantwell’s victory over him at WEC 35 in August. It will now be a chance for Stann, a current U.S. Marine, to fight in front of his fellow military personnel.
“They were talking to me about a rematch right after I lost that fight, so I was already excited about that,” Stann said in the article. “I have so much experience with my guys that suffer from TBI (traumatic brain injury) and to get to fight on a military base…I just thought this is a dream come true. For me, Fort Bragg is only an hour and 15 minutes away from my old Marine corps base, so a ton of my marines are going to be up there, plus all the young soldiers.”
Cantwell stopped Stann with strikes in the second round of their championship bout on August 3. The fight was Stann’s first title defense. He had won the belt after defeating longtime champion Doug Marshall in March. Stann was victorious against Cantwell in their first meeting, scoring a first-round TKO in just 41 seconds.