By Gage Holder
“It’s been hard, I’ve been fighting tears all day,” Cody Stamman told UFC commentator Joe Rogan during his post-fight interview just minutes after Stamann had an inspirational unanimous decision win over Brian Kelleher during the UFC 250 prelims this past Saturday night.
In my last piece, I spoke about how MMA was not the sport for happy endings but Saturday night we experienced about as uplifting of a moment as you could imagine. Cody Stamman, just over a week removed from the horrible tragedy of losing his younger brother, put on the performance of his life.
There was no doubt once the final horn blew in the 3rd round who would be awarded the decision. Stamman had won decisively in every round everywhere the fight went. Still, that did not stop the emotions from pouring out of Stamman, who was immediately moved to tears post-fight.
Even in defeat, Brian Kelleher couldn’t do anything more than show respect to Stamann.
No matter who you were pulling for Saturday night you can’t have a single bad word to say about Cody’s performance. It was simply commendable. Joe Rogan stated ”thank you for coming in here and performing the way you did … thank you for your incredible display of character. We appreciate you. Our condolences to your family, and thank you for everything.” as Rogan was in tears and clearly moved by the performance.
Stamman Moves to 19-2-1 as a pro (4-1 UFC) with the biggest win of his young career under extremely difficult circumstances. He has a tall ladder to climb to the top. Only time will tell how far this Bantamweight prospect can go but one thing is for sure and that it’s going to take a lot to stop Cody Stamman as he continues to live on and fight in his brother’s memory.;
R.I.P Jacob Stamman (2002-2020)