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During Wednesday’s AFTERNOON PRESS BOX, Darren and the boys were joined by UFC middleweight Brian “All American” Stann (10-3), who is currently in Albuquerque, N.M., at Jackson’s MMA training for his upcoming fight against Jorge Santiago at UFC 130.

Stann talked about his recent win over Chris Leben and what that victory meant to him, making the transition from the Marines to professional fighting, his motivation behind the move and how he ended up training with Jackson.

Stann also discussed Hire Heoroes USA, the organization he founded to help U.S. military veterans find employment, he discussed his relationship with Greg Jackson and why the fight with Wanderlei Silva did not happen.

One of the most interesting parts of the interview is when Stann explained about why he doesn’t spar between fights and why it is up to the fighters to protect themselves from concussions and brain injury.

In addition to the interview with Stann, the guys discussed Josh Gross and Loretta Hunt being denied press credentials to Strikeforce and other current MMA topics. Listen to the audio in three parts below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

AFTERNOON PRESS BOX (follow on Twitter @Nashville_MMA) features an MMA hour which airs LIVE each Wednesday afternoon from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CT on Nashville Sports Radio on 560 WNSR AM. The show can be heard in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee market or online on the WNSR website at WWW.WNSR.COM. It is one of the very few mixed martial arts shows you can listen to on traditional radio.

The AFTERNOON PRESS BOX’s MMA hour is hosted by longtime radio sports personality Darren McFarland and NFL veteran Brad Hopkins, who played 13 years for the Houston Oilers & Tennessee Titans. Also part of the weekly panel is  Nashville MMA owner and BJJ black belt Ed Clay and martial arts veteran practitioner and fan Chris Pappas. ( is proud to be the exclusive home of the Afternoon Press Box’s MMA archives. If you ever miss the live broadcast on Wednesday afternoon, check back here at Wednesday evening (or Thursday) for the archived version.

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