In his second bout at middleweight, Brian Stann used his power to take out Chris Leben, winning in a first round TKO at UFC 125 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Stann beat Leben down in the first round, first wobbling him with a right hand. Leben crumbled to the ground after another right hand, but worked back to his feet. Stann continued the onslaught, throwing knees and punches, trying to put Leben away. After Leben got back to his feet twice, only to fall back down to his knee, the fight was stopped at 3:37 of the first round.
After the bout, Stann said that he wanted this bout because he knew Leben would be a test.
"I asked for Chris Leben because he is the toughest guy on the UFC roster," Stann said. "I'm ecstatic, but golly can this guy take some shots!"
Stann earned his 10th victory at UFC 125, pushing his record to 10-3. Leben, an alumnus of the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter," falls to 25-7.
Stann, a captain in the Marines, emotionally dedicated the fight to one of his Marines who died this week in Afghanistan.