Former WEC Champion Brian Stann Retires

July 11, 2013
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Brian-Stann-UFC-130-pre-press-478x270Former WEC light heavyweight champion and UFC middleweight contender Brian Stann has retired from mixed martial arts at 32 years of age.

Stann (12-6) made his professional mixed martial arts debut on Jan. 6, 2006, after a decorated career in the United States Armed Forces.  Born on Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan, in 1980, Stann grew up in Scranton, Penn.  Upon graduation from high school, he enrolled in the United States Naval Academy and began his military career.

After graduation from the academy, he was assigned as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.  As a Lieutenant, Stann was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and commanded the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon.  During Operation Matador, Stann’s unit was ambushed near Karabilah, Iraq.  Under his command, the unit held out for six days under heavy attack.  All 42 Marines survived the attack.  He was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor in combat, for his heroism.

Stann’s calm under duress served him well in the military and carried over to his fighting career.

He left active duty in 2008 with the rank of Captain.  He was the commanding officer in the 8th Marine Regiment Headquarters Company, while competing in the WEC.

Just prior to leaving active duty as a Marine, Stann defeated Doug Marshall by knockout on March 26, 2008, to capture the WEC light heavyweight title.

He was defeated in his next outing by Steve Cantwell in a rematch.

After starting his fighting career with six consecutive victories and winning the WEC title, the organization was folded over into the UFC after it was purchased by UFC parent company Zuffa LLC.

Coming off a loss to Cantwell, Stann was defeated in his UFC debut by Krzysztof Soszynski.  He avenged the previous loss to Cantwell in his next outing and put together back-to-back wins with a decision over Rodney Wallace.

At UFC 109, Stann would fight for the final time as a light heavyweight, losing to Phil Davis by decision, before dropping down to the middleweight division.

He won his first three fights in the 185-pound weight class with wins over Mike Massenzio, Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago.  The win streak moved him into contender status.

In his next outing, Stann faced Chael Sonnen and was defeated in a one-sided fight.  He rebounded with a knockout of Alessio Sakara in April 2012.  At UFC 152, Stann was defeated in a closely contested bout with Michael Bisping.

He was then lined up against former Pride FC champion and MMA legend Wanderlei Silva.  The fight would end up being his last.

Stann was ahead on the scorecards and seemed to be in complete control of the fight until an exchange late in the second round.  Silva clipped him and finished the former WEC titleholder with strikes on the ground.

Stann may be be done fighting, but he’s a staple as a commentator and analyst on various UFC related programs on the Fox Networks.  On Wednesday, Fox announced that Stann would be part of its ACC football coverage on Fox Sports South.  He played middle linebacker while at the Naval Academy.

From military hero to mixed marital arts champion, Stann has left a lasting legacy for both the American people and fight fans.

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  • bajafox

    Bummer. Good guy all around but the fact is he was never going to be a title contender.

    I’d like to see him replace Joe Rogan, lol

  • Ira Goodstadt

    Best wishes Brian, your a true hero and a class act!


    He’s so nice in person, humble, down to earth man,,, I wish to see him fight for the belt one day,,

  • Sir_Roy

    A class act who is sure to find success in whatever it is he does.

    An inspiration on what it means to go through life with integrity and with ones head held high.

  • james j

    I always liked Stann. He gets respect from all. Good for him.

  • julian moran

    Wanderlei retired both Stann and Griffin in one fight.

    • Duncan O’Reilly

      How did Wanderlei retire Griffin?

      • julian moran

        Griffin decided to retire after watching the Wanderlei Silva vs Stann fight, because he felt he could not bring fights like that t the table anymore.

  • hateman

    That guy is a loser.

  • Andres

    Never forget when I watched him and Wanderlei go to war live in Japan. He will be missed

  • It’s hard to be in this game when you haven’t been doing at least a specific martial art alone your whole life. Best of luck to him using his talent and personality as a broadcaster. It’s easy to come on here and throw some cheap shots at a guy for not being in title contention and this and that but he did what he did in the sport and moved on; we’re all hear to show love to the sport and the respectful fighters aren’t we?

  • Baller31

    It’s a shame to see him retire after a loss to a washed up wanderlei. He does have a promising career in announcing.

  • Soulf

    I do not like what he represents. United states army is a cancer upon earth.

    • Santz

      Hippie Al-Qaeda loser!!! He was a Marine by the way and not in the Army you idiot!

      • Soulf

        Please, tell me what is the difference? They invade countries on the other side of the world to “defend” your independence.
        And the reality is that the only way those countries can fight back is with “terrorism”, or whatever you want to call it. I like to call them freedom fighters.
        The problem with people in U.S. is that majority of them have not experienced war, even though their country has been in a war for decades.

        • james j

          Most peeps in the Middle East have Soulf’s perspective. As an individual, Stann was following orders. However, this is not Fox News, Soulf I am sure you can find a blog there to voice your opinion

          • Soulf

            I did not say that Stann is a bad person. I actually like the guy. I just said I do not like what he represents.
            And I´m not from middle east if that´s what you´re saying.
            I know this is not the right place to discuss these things. Just putting it out there.

    • Maddawgmar

      “I’m ashamed to be surrounded by people calling themselves liberal who are, in my opinion, spitting on the graves of brave American soldiers who gave their life to fight a war that wasn’t theirs…in a country they’ve never been to… simply to liberate the people therein. I wasn’t born here. But I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away… and rescued my mother from the Nazi German concentration camps. She is alive and I am alive because of America. And, if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me.” Chaim Witz (aka Gene Simmons)

      As a U.S. Marine I hope you do not live in the USA cuz I feel ashamed to have defended your ignorance.

      • Ryan

        If you want to get mad at someone be mad at that U.S. Government who puts these solders at risk for no reason whatsoever other than crude oil and creating dictatorships in countries that aren’t theirs F*** the U.S. Brian Stann has a mind of his own but he’s just a f****** sheep for his country.

      • Soulf

        I´m sorry, but you are the ignorant one if you think that the USA went to war without nothing to gain.
        Calling others ignorant is a bold statement from a guy who “just follow orders”.

      • Sir_Roy

        While the sentiment of gratitude is refreshing in a day and age where many take privileges we have, freedoms others fought and died to protect, for granted, let’s not pretend the USA had “nothing to gain” in WWII.

        (Soulf is correct on one point, we US citizens today do NOT know what war is. People forget so quickly …).

        The US was content to do nothing until Pearl Harbor. Then, they had everything to gain. Had the US not involved itself, I tremble at the world as it would be like today. The United States would not have lasted long after the fall of Europe and Southeast Asia to the Axis forces and would have paid a steep price for their “neutrality”.

        But we digress.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Thanks for your service Brian Stann and best of luck in your future endeavors.

  • El Gvapo

    Nice guy, decent fighter and a haircut you could set your watch by. I guess he wasn’t happy being a gatekeeper and I respect that. He’ll make a comfortable living elsewhere.

  • El Gvapo

    And come on guys, lets leave the anti-US military sentiment alone. We are all at the mercy of our respective governments decisions whether we like them or not. There’s unfortunately no real right or wrong these days when it comes to these issues, just your own personal opinions based on what we are told by the media.

  • Juniorbra

    Great man, fighter and soldier !!!!!! I thought one day he was the guy that Anderson would loose.