Alexander Shlemenko made some recent comments during an interview with Vale Tudo Ru that he felt as if fighters were faking injuries to position themselves for better matches in the UFC.
One of those that Shlemenko pointed to decided to respond.
Brian Stann, who will face Michael Bisping at UFC 152: Benavidez vs. Johnson in September, fired back at Shlemenko via Twitter.
Stann was originally set to welcome Hector Lombard to the UFC, but an injury suffered in training knocked him out. Instead, Lombard faced Tim Boetsch, and Stann was moved into a match with Bisping.
“My injury was a 6-8 week recovery & the UFC was not interested in delaying his debut to wait for me,” Stann wrote. “Fighters don’t fake injuries, we have to pay the bills guys!”
Stann didn’t directly name Shlemenko, but also said, “Shouldn’t even dignify today’s comment w/ a response, but I would never fake an injury. I agreed to fight Hector b4 he was even signed.”
Shlemenko has competed for such promotions as Super Fight League and Bellator, amassing a career record of 46-7. He is expected to fight for the vacant Bellator middleweight title in the coming months. The belt was vacated by Lombard upon his leaving of the promotion for the UFC.
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