UFC's Cody Stamann Gives Emotional Post-Fight Interview After Tragic Loss Of His Brother
Cody Stamann struggled to fight back the tears in an emotional post-fight interview after his win at UFC 250.
Stamann's 18-year old brother Jacob passed away suddenly last week but he elected to continue to fight on Saturday night's card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas as his sibling would have wanted him to compete.
'The Spartan' beat Brian Kelleher via unanimous decision in a featherweight bout on the prelims and was visibly upset after the sound of the final buzzer and then when his hand was raised.
An emotional win just days after the tragic passing of his brother.- Barstool Bets (@barstoolbets) June 7, 2020
Cody Stamann by decision (-150).
Backstage, he then gave a tear-jerking interview with UFC co-commentator Joe Rogan - who also fought back tears as he praised Stamann on one of his best performances inside the Octagon.
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"It's been hard, it's been real hard," Stamann admitted.
"I've been fighting tears all day just holding it together, it's a hard time for me. I just...had to buckle up and be a man to get this done, for him for my family for myself and Brian Kelleher. Thank you so much for coming out there and giving it tonight."
I fought hard out there but didn't get the job done. proud of my performance but def upset to not take that next step up in the rankings. One thing I know is Cody's brother would be very proud that he went out there tonight kept it together and got it done. Congrats @CodyStamann- Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) June 7, 2020
Rogan too became teary-eyed and offered his condolences to the whole family after the tragic loss.
"Thank you for coming in here and performing the way you did," he told Stamann.
"Thank you for your incredible display of character. We appreciate you. Our condolences to your family, and thank you for everything."