Cody Stamann will take a heavy coronary heart into one of many greatest fights of his profession Saturday night time at UFC 250. However regardless of circumstances that will have sidetracked many others in his scenario, the proficient competitor by no means gave severe consideration to dropping out.

Final week, Stamann’s 18-year-old brother, Jacob, died out of the blue. His household continues to be ready to search out out the official reason behind loss of life.

Regardless of the grief he’s processing over the lack of his brother, Stamann mentioned it’s vital to comply with via together with his bout towards Brian Kelleher. 

“Folks have been like, ‘Hey, if you wish to postpone this, wait a little bit longer, that’s 100 p.c comprehensible,’” Stamann advised MMA Junkie this week. “I simply thought what most individuals assume, I feel, in these conditions. What would the individual that handed, what would they need me to do? And I can say with no shadow of a doubt he would need me to compete. He liked watching me compete, and I do know that’s what he would need.”

Stamann, 30, lives and trains in Las Vegas however is initially from Michigan and competed in wrestling at Grand Valley State. Stamann mentioned plans have been in place for his youthful brother to return out and go to a pair months in the past, however due to the coronavirus pandemic these plans have been postponed, with the concept of rescheduling the go to after Stamann’s subsequent battle.

“It was tremendous surprising, tremendous surprising,” Stamann mentioned of his brother’s loss of life. “We had simply made plans to have him come out. We truly canceled plans due to COVID-19. My mother didn’t need him flying whereas every little thing was occurring. So we sort of postponed our plans after which I obtained a battle after which it was, ‘Hey, you’ll come out right here proper after I battle.’”

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of his brother, Stamann believes 2020 has taught him a lesson that tomorrow just isn’t assured. And as such, he believes the perfect response to turbulent instances is to exit and dwell your life as sturdy as potential.

“If the final two months have taught us something, society, you by no means know what’s going to occur, nothing is promised, you by no means know what the hell goes to occur,” Stamann mentioned. “Yeah, I imply, it’s devastating, however I nonetheless have a job to do, nonetheless should preserve my head in place and do something I can to honor him by being the perfect man I might be now. Loss of life is everlasting; it’s over. So now it’s on me to dwell my life higher for him.”

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Stamann advised MMA Junkie that his household plans on beginning a basis in his brother’s title, which can profit youth wrestling packages and troubled youth in West Michigan. Within the meantime, whereas there’s no denying the unhappiness of his tragedy, Stamann, who’s coming off a draw with Tune Yadong, vows to channel his power right into a spirited battle towards Kelleher in a bout that can occur at featherweight, though Stamann often fights as a bantamweight.

“My coronary heart is completely damaged,” Stamann mentioned. “I don’t even know. There’s no phrases; there’s nothing I can say that makes it any higher. However my thoughts is sharp. That child liked watching me battle. He’s gotta be one in every of my greatest followers. I’m targeted on the battle. This isn’t taking away the main target or something. It’s gasoline for the fireplace. So I’m trying ahead to being the perfect model of myself Saturday night time.”

UFC 250 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The principle card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Struggle Move/ESPN+.