Brian Stann, one of the most respected figures ever to grace the sport of mixed martial arts, is moving on.
Stann announced via Instagram on Monday that he is resigning from his position as UFC color commentator to pursue other opportunities.
The Scranton, Penn. native had a memorable run through the sport. He earned early publicity as a fighter in the WEC due to his background as a Silver Star winner for valor as a Marine Corps lieutenant during the Iraq War. He then went on to hold the WEC light heavyweight title.
Stann finished his career in the UFC, announcing his retirement after a memorable second-round TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva on March 3, 2013. His pro record was 12-6.
From there, Stan went on to become one of the sport’s most well-regarded color commentators, raising the bar for the position with his professionalism and thoroughly researched analysis.
You can see Stann’s Instagram statement below.
I am announcing my departure from calling fights w/ the UFC. I have been offered an amazing leadership role with a fast growing Real Estate Firm and will be attending Northwestern (Kellogg) for my executive MBA this fall. Thank you to everyone for years of support, especially the athletes and coaches whom I love deeply. I will continue to be a huge MMA supporter and attend many events. Thank you to everyone from FOX and Zuffa who helped me so much in this journey. @jon_anik you are my brother and that will never change, and I cannot tell you how important your friendship has been to me. My wife @teressa_stann who has endured so much and supported me through war, fighting, and now this transition, I love forever and thank you so much. This move is to focus more on my family. I traveled 26 weekends last year for work while also working a full time job. My new role as a COO will be very difficult but still afford me my weekends with my wife and 3 children. Transition and change are a part of life and I am really excited to prove my worth to my new company and hopefully showcase the diverse skills military veterans and mixed martial artists possess. Thank you all. - Brian