Brian Michael Stann (born September 24, 1980) is a retired American mixed martial artist and U.S. Marine who competed as a Middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion. He was also a color commentator for both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and ACC football games on Fox Sports Net. For nine years, Stann was President and CEO of Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit organization that helps U.S. military veterans. Stann is currently the Chief Operating Officer at FirstKey Homes – a Cerberus Capital Management portfolio company.
Stann in 2013
|Born||Brian Michael Stann|
September 24, 1980
Fussa, Tokyo, Japan
|Other names||The All-American|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
|Division||Middleweight (185 lb) (2010–2012) |
Light Heavyweight (205 lb) (2006–2010, 2013)
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Team||Jackson's Submission Fighting|
|Rank||Purple Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu 3rd Degree Black Belt in MCMAP|
|Years active||2006 – 2013|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Service/||U.S. Marine Corps|
|Years of service||2003–2008|
|Unit||2nd Mobile Assault Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines|
2003 invasion of Iraq
Battle of Al Qaim
|Other work||Professional Mixed martial arts|
last updated on: October 11, 2011
Stann was born at Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and subsequently enrolled in the United States Naval Academy in 1999 (Class of 2003). While at the Naval Academy, he played football for the Midshipmen as a middle linebacker. Upon graduation, he was assigned as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, eventually achieving the rank of Captain.
On May 8, 2005, then-lieutenant Stann was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, commanding the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon. During the Operation Matador (which took place during the Battle of Al Qaim), his unit was ambushed by insurgents while trying to secure the Ramana Bridge, near Karabilah. Stann and his unit held out for six days, under heavy attack, while coordinating air and tank support that eventually allowed them to be relieved on May 14, 2005. All 42 Marines in Stann's platoon survived. The following March, Stann was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest award for valor in combat. Part of the citation reads: "Second Lieutenant Stann personally directed two casualty operations, three vehicle recovery operations and multiple close air support missions under enemy small arms, machine gun and mortar fire in his 360-degree fight." This mission was shown on the episode, "Iraq's Most Wanted" on the History Channel show, Shootout!, in which Stann was interviewed. His actions were noted by President George W. Bush during one of his speeches. He left active duty in the Marine Corps as of May 2008. Stann was also the commanding officer in the 8th Marine Regiment Headquarters Company while continuing to fight in the WEC.
U.S. Marine Corps officials have stated that they continue to use Stann's story as a recruiting tool. He attributes his success in mixed martial arts to the foundation he learned while training at the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center for Excellence in Quantico, Virginia and the explosiveness and powerlifting exercises he learned while playing football. "He has been an ideal spokesperson and role model" for the Marine Corps, said Lt. Col. Mike Zeliff, assistant chief of staff for advertising with Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
World Extreme CagefightingEdit
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
In 2008, Zuffa announced plans to merge the WEC's 185-lb and 205-lb weight classes with their UFC counterparts, allowing the WEC to concentrate on lighter weight classes (which eventually merged with the UFC as well).
Stann was scheduled to make his UFC debut on December 10, 2008, at the UFC: Fight For The Troops show, to be held at the Army base of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, but he was forced to withdraw from the card due to a foot injury sustained in training. Instead, he faced Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 97 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 18, 2009. In the first round, Soszynski locked Stann in a kimura, forcing him to tap out for the first time in his career. Stann later stated in an issue of UFC Magazine that, because of previous military commitments, he was unable to adequately prepare himself for the "grappling-based" aspects of the fight, which contributed to his loss.
On September 16, 2009, at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard, Stann once again faced Steve Cantwell in a rubber match. Stann would go on to defeat Cantwell via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28). This would also be the first time he would fight to a decision in his professional career.
Stann then made his Middleweight debut against Mike Massenzio on August 1, 2010, at UFC on Versus 2. Stann claimed his first ever submission victory, catching Massenzio in a triangle choke midway through the final round, in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.
Stann then fought in the co-main event of UFC 125 on New Years Day. He defeated Chris Leben with a first-round TKO stoppage. With this win, he became the second man to defeat Leben by way of strikes, the first being former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
Stann was scheduled to face former Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva on May 28, 2011, at UFC 130. However, Silva voiced his reluctance to face Stann and was replaced by former Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago. Stann defeated Santiago via TKO in the 2nd round. A right to the temple sent Santiago to the mat, followed by numerous strikes by Stann which forced the stoppage.
Stann faced Alessio Sakara on April 14, 2012, at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva. After knocking down Sakara early with knees from the clinch, Stann utilized heavy ground-and-pound, delivering short elbows and hammerfists that eventually knocked Sakara out. Stann was awarded the victory at 2:26 of the first round. After Stann delivered the knockout blow, he sat up and motioned to the ref that Sakara was out, rather than delivering unnecessary (and potentially damaging) blows before the ref could jump in and stop the fight. Stann's actions were highly praised by both the media and fighters, with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones being quoted as saying that Brian Stann's actions were "good for the sport." UFC president Dana White also issued his praise for Stann's actions in the cage, calling him "one of the classiest people on Earth!".
On March 3, 2013, at UFC on Fuel TV 8, the long-awaited fight between Stann and Wanderlei Silva happened, in a Light-Heavyweight division showdown. Stann lost the fight via KO in the second round, in a bout that featured back-and-forth action, earning both participants Fight of the Night honors.
On a special edition of Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour on July 11, 2013, Stann announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition. Upon retiring, Stann became an analyst and commentator for Fox Sports and UFC. In August 2017, Stann announced that he would be leaving his job with Fox and UFC to become a real estate executive.
Professional Fighters LeagueEdit
In May 2018, ESPN reported that Stann accepted the advisory role as the head of Fighter and Competition/Rules Committee in the advisory board of Professional Fighters League (PFL), formally known as World Series of Fighting, where PFL would launch its inaugural season in July 7, 2018, airing on NBC Sports. Stann's main responsibility in the role would be influencing PFL on tournaments management, treatment and recruitment of the fighters. As per the report, Stann did not anticipate this new opportunity with PFL prior to leaving his commentary position with Fox Sports and the UFC.
In the fall of 2010, Stann published his memoir "Heart for the Fight: A Marine Hero's Journey from the Battlefields of Iraq to Mixed Martial Arts Champion" (Zenith Press). Written with military historian John R. Bruning, "Heart for the Fight" details Stann's experiences as a youth growing up in Scranton, PA, playing football for the U.S. Naval Academy, serving as a decorated Marine in Iraq, and becoming WEC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- WEC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Awards
- Fight of the Night (Three times)
- 2015 Broadcast Analyst of the Year
United States militaryEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||12 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||12–6||Wanderlei Silva||KO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann||March 3, 2013||2||4:08||Saitama, Japan||Light Heavyweight Bout; Fight of the Night|
|Loss||12–5||Michael Bisping||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 152||September 22, 2012||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||12–4||Alessio Sakara||KO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva||April 14, 2012||1||2:26||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||11–4||Chael Sonnen||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 136||Oct 8, 2011||2||3:51||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|Win||11–3||Jorge Santiago||TKO (punches)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||2||4:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||Fight of the Night|
|Win||10–3||Chris Leben||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC 125||January 1, 2011||1||3:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Win||9–3||Mike Massenzio||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko||August 1, 2010||3||3:10||San Diego, California, U.S.||Middleweight debut; Fight of the Night|
|Loss||8–3||Phil Davis||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 109||February 6, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Win||8–2||Rodney Wallace||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale||December 5, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Win||7–2||Steve Cantwell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard||September 16, 2009||3||5:00||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Loss||6–2||Krzysztof Soszynski||Submission (kimura)||UFC 97||April 18, 2009||1||3:53||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||6–1||Steve Cantwell||TKO (punches)||WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura||August 3, 2008||2||4:01||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WEC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||6–0||Doug Marshall||KO (punches)||WEC 33: Marshall vs. Stann||March 26, 2008||1||1:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||Won WEC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||5–0||Jeremiah Billington||TKO (punches)||WEC 30||September 5, 2007||1||3:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Win||4–0||Craig Zellner||TKO (punches)||WEC 28||June 3, 2007||1||4:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Win||3–0||Steve Cantwell||TKO (punches)||WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio||March 24, 2007||1||0:41||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Win||2–0||Miguel Cosio||TKO (punches)||WEC 21: Tapout||June 15, 2006||1||0:16||Highland, California, U.S.|
|Win||1–0||Aaron Stark||TKO (punches)||SF 14: Resolution||January 6, 2006||1||3:14||Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
- Martin, Damon. "Brian Stann might just be the best commentator in MMA today". Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- MMAWeekly.com Staff (10 July 2013). "Brian Stann Expands Broadcast Career from UFC to Include Fox Football Coverage - Yahoo Sports". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
-  Hire Heroes USA website. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
- "biography". Brianstann.com. Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
- Genos, Cpl. Athanasios L. (2006-03-14). "Lieutenant awarded Silver Star, credits it to his Marines". 2nd Marine Division Public Affairs. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune: United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
- Schogol, Jeff (June 14, 2008). "Capt. Brian Stann: Heroes in the War on Terror". Stars and Stripes. DefenseLink. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
- "Former Marine captain is ready for UFC debut". Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- Zillgitt, Jeff (March 26, 2008). "Marine aims to add WEC title to Silver Star". USA Today. Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
- "Brian Stann". MMA on Tap. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
- "WEC SHUTS DOWN 205 & 185-POUND WEIGHT CLASSES". MMAWeekly.com. September 26, 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
- "View Topic". Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- "UFC newcomer Rodney Wallace meets Brian Stann at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
- "Phil Davis vs. Brian Stann added to UFC 109". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
- "Brian Stann vs. Mike Massenzio In The Works For UFC On Versus 2". heavy.com. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- "Wanderlei Silva Returns Against Brian Stann at UFC 130". fifthround.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- "Jorge Santiago's UFC deal official, meets Brian Stann at UFC 130". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2011-02-26. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
- "Middleweights Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann targeted for UFC 136 in Houston". mmajunkie.com. 2011-07-06. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09.
- "Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara slated for UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Sweden". mmajunkie.com. January 5, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-01-09.
- "Brian Stann knocks out Alessio Sakara then stops fight : Sports". Primal Habits. Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
- "Hector Lombard vs. Brian Stann targeted for UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles". mmajunkie.com. April 29, 2012. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012.
- Helwani, Ariel (June 6, 2012). "Brian Stann Out of UFC on FOX 4 Main Event". mmafighting.com.
- Mrosko, Gene (July 14, 2012). "Michael Bisping vs Brian Stann booked for UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto". mmamania.com.
- Martin, Damon (December 12, 2012). "Brian Stann vs. Wanderlei Silva Headlines UFC on Fuel 8". mmaweekly.com.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 8 headliner Brian Stann says 205-pound bout a onetime thing". mmajunkie.com. December 13, 2012.
- "UFC on Fuel TV 8 results recap: Wanderlei Silva vs Brian Stann fight review and analysis". mmamania.com. March 3, 2013.
- John Morgan (March 3, 2013). "'Heartbroken' Brian Stann admits over-aggression led to UFC on FUEL TV 8 loss". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2013-03-05.
- Matt Erickson (July 11, 2013). "UFC middleweight Brian Stann retires from MMA to focus on broadcasting, family". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2013-07-13.
- "Brian Stann Commentates UFC 163 With Joe Rogan Out". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
- "Brian Stann announces departure from UFC commentary position". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
- "Retired Stann accepts advisory role with PFL". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "Brian Stann: A Future Star in MMA? - FanHouse - AOL Sports Blog". Sports.aol.com. Retrieved 2013-11-05."Stann going for KO victory Saturday night against Wallace". The Times and the Democrat.com. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- Meltzer, Dave (27 June 2013). "Fight of the Half-Year: Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann". Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- "Combat Press 2015 MMA Awards: Broadcast Analyst of the Year – Brian Stann". Combat Press. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
- Brian Stann
- Official website
- Professional MMA record for Brian Stann from Sherdog
- Official UFC Profile
- Hire Heroes USA
- Brian Stann Quotes
|Awards and achievements|
| 6th WEC Light Heavyweight Champion
March 26, 2008 – August 3, 2008