“The All American” Brian Stann has decided to officially call it quits on his mixed martial arts career. Brian Stann was one of the most popular and respected middleweights in the UFC. He’s competed against some of the best today. Wanderlei Silva, Michael Bisping, Phil Davis, and Chael Sonnen are just some of the fighter who competed with Stann during his time in the UFC.
He announced his retirement on a special edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. He discussed how he’s planning on spending more time with his family and that he’s looking to continue to work in sports broadcasting. He’s already been a commentator and analyst for the UFC and while working with Fox Sports and being apart of their college football broadcast team.
Stann stated that he knew after the Wanderlei Silva fight back at UFC on Fuel TV 8, that he would be retiring shortly after. He didn’t want to jump the gun and announce it after the fight like so many other fighter do. He knew he was done with martial arts but wanted to give it some time.
Brian Stann always showed class when it came to promoting fights. Never willing to go down the route of Tito Ortiz or Chael Sonnen. He always respected his opponents skill set and never said anything negative to hype up the fight. He knew his actions would speak volumes in itself.
While he may not be a UFC hall of famer, he was definitely a great role model for future fighters and for fans as well. Good luck Mr. Stann, you were always a pleasure to watch inside the octagon.