Cody Stamann will proceed to compete this weekend regardless of the loss of life of his brother.

Stamann is scheduled to battle Brian Kelleher at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas. On Might 27, Stamann realized that his 18-year-old brother Jacob died. Stamann informed ESPN that an official reason behind loss of life has not but been decided.

Even with the tragedy, Stamann stated he by no means actually thought of pulling out of his battle. Jacob was a high-level youth wrestler and large fan of his older brother. Stamann stated he’ll dedicate Saturday’s bout to his reminiscence.

“I simply checked out it like, what would my brother need me to do?” Stamann stated. “That is one thing that is necessary to my household, necessary to lots of people which might be near me in my life. Who would I be if I stated, ‘That is an excessive amount of, I can not do my job.’ Lots of people should do their jobs no matter issues occurring. I am privileged to have the athletic profession that I’ve, to have the household that I’ve, to have all these items.

“I do not essentially really feel particular. I do not need anybody to really feel sorry for me. Clearly, my coronary heart is shattered. I am heartbroken. There isn’t any good strategy to grieve, there is not any proper strategy to grieve. I do not know the way to do it. All I do know is my brother needed me to be the UFC champ, and I am gonna do every part I can to make {that a} actuality.”

Stamann stated that after the cardboard he’ll fly dwelling to Michigan — Stamann presently lives and trains in Las Vegas — for a small gathering with household and shut buddies to recollect Jacob. Whereas there, Stamann stated he’ll speak with group leaders in Grand Rapids about the easiest way to arrange a basis beneath Jacob’s title. He is hoping to help youth wrestlers within the space and work out the “greatest manner to assist as many individuals as attainable.”

“I need to do one thing to assist the youth in West Michigan,” Stamann stated. “It is gonna be one thing West Michigan-based, whether or not it is a gymnasium, a spot they’ll go, some sort of huge brother system. We have not labored it out. I’ve needed to prepare for a battle, I’ve needed to mourn the lack of my brother, and I am attempting to do that unexpectedly.”

Stamann stated he desires to strive his greatest in order that what occurred to Jacob does not occur to anybody else.

“He was so proficient,” Stamann stated. “I used to be a proficient athlete, however my expertise was paled compared to his. He was so good that he simply did not should work as exhausting as everybody else. He nearly bought tired of it. He was so good, he was so good, he was so athletically gifted. You see that on a regular basis, you see children if they do not keep on that path — children which might be that proficient and that savvy — they both completely excel or they go down a foul path. Sadly, he was happening that path. We did not actually know the extent of what he was as much as earlier than it was too late.”

Stamann stated he educated the day he came upon the information about Jacob. Going to the gymnasium, he stated, has been considerably therapeutic.

“I came upon, I principally canceled all my interviews for the following day,” Stamann stated. “However I went to apply that day. The blokes that I practice with, the fellows that I spend time with within the gymnasium, they’re my greatest buddies. Going to the gymnasium, if there is a group of those that help me it is these guys. My coaches, my coaching companions, the fellows I see on daily basis. We all know the intimate particulars of one another’s lives. After I go to the gymnasium, it is constructive. It is good vitality. It is good to be round individuals that you just respect and care about and that care about you in powerful occasions.”

Stamann (18-2-1) is unbeaten in two straight fights and trying to put collectively a run. This bout with Kelleher is at featherweight, however Stamann and Kelleher are each rising bantamweight fighters competing a weight class up.

Stamann, 30, has only one loss going again to 2014 and is taken into account somebody to look at within the division. On a card that additionally options high bantamweights like Aljamain Sterling, Cory Sandhagen, Cody Garbrandt, Raphael Assuncao, Sean O’Malley and Eddie Wineland, Stamann figures this may very well be the right time for him to carve out his area of interest.

“You are speaking about all these guys within the high 10 preventing, after which me and Kelleher are each streaking proper now — large battle for bantamweight,” Stamann stated.

And a battle during which he’ll carry with him a heavy coronary heart, one he’ll enter the cage for in honor of his brother.

“[It means] every part,” Stamann stated. “What else can I do? I’ve simply gotta go on the market and battle like my life relies on it, as a result of it does.”