Former WEC light heavyweights champions Brian Stann and Steve Cantwell will look to rebound from recent losses when they meet for the third time at UFC Fight Night 19 on September 16 in Oklahoma City.
The UFC officially announced the 205-pound matchup, along with previously reported bouts between middleweights Nate Quarry and Tim Credeur and welterweights Chris Wilson and Mike Pyle, on Tuesday.
After four-straight WEC victories, including a first-round TKO of Cantwell, Stann (6-2) won the WEC light heavyweight title from Doug Marshall via first-round TKO. Stann suffered a second-round TKO to Cantwell in his first title defense, with the division shut down and both fighters transferred to the UFC following the fight. In his UFC debut, Stann was submitted by Krzysztof Soszynski in the opening-round of their April bout.
Following his first loss to Stann, Cantwell (7-2) won back-to-back fights over Justin McElfresh and Tim McKenzie before becoming the last 205-pound champion in the WEC with his August 2008 win over Stann. Cantwell won his UFC debut over Razak Al-Hassan with a gruesome first-round armbar at UFC: Fight for the Troops in December. “The Robot’s” UFC record was evened at 1-1 in his next fight as he was defeated by Luiz Cane via unanimous decision.
UFC Fight Night 19, which will serve as the lead-in for The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights featuring Kimbo Slice, is co-headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard and Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard, and is also rumored to include Chris Lytle vs. Carlos Condit, Jeremy Stephens vs. Justin Buchholz, Kyle Bradley vs. Sam Stout, Aaron Simpson vs. Ed Herman, and Steve Steinbeiss vs. Ryan Jensen.
[Pictured: Brian Stann]