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BREAKING: Brian Stann Retires From MMA, Cites Potential Health Risks and New Daughter Among Reasons for Departure


(*Another* new castmember? This show has officially jumped the shark.) 

Wow.

When it was announced earlier today that Ariel Helwani would be hosting a special edition of The MMA Hour in which “a former champion, and one of the most popular names in the sport, will make a special announcement,” speculation began to light up the interwebs like it was a Simi Valley fireworks show. Was Brock Lesnar announcing his return to the sport? Was Bellator dumb enough to actually buy into Tito Ortiz’s “almost healthy” bait-n-switch? WAS ANDERSON SILVA ABOUT TO RETIRE?!

Simply put; no (thank God), not yet, and are you fucking kidding me? It turns out that the “former champion” is question was actually former WEC light heavyweight champ Brian Stann, who shockingly announced his retirement from the sport following his second round KO loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC on FUEL 8 last March. Citing a new daughter on the way (his third) as well as a concern for long term injuries related to not only his MMA career but his military career and previous football experience among his reasons for calling it quits, Stann was typically composed and grateful, ensuring Helwani that “I leave fighting having taken more from mixed martial arts than I ever gave.”

When asked if his loss to Silva played any role in his decision, Stann was unapologetic and incredibly straightforward. “Yes, it did….when I lost that fight and I looked at all the time I invested in it, I knew it was time.”

Although his final clash ended in defeat, it’s hard to imagine a better fight for “all-American” to go out on then his epic slugfest with “The Axe Murderer.” The fight encapsulated everything we’ve come to know and love about both Stann and Silva, and was the first highlight that Stann listed when prompted by Helwani.

Fighting in Japan in a main event against Wanderlei Silva, who I remember looking up on the internet when I was in the Marines, was pretty cool. When I look back now I’m like ‘Man. Never in a million years did I think I was gonna fight that guy in a main event in Japan. Never.’

In addition to his future role providing analysis for ACC college football on Fox Sports South, Stann assured Helwani that he would continue to work with the UFC, both behind-the-scenes and at his regular pundit gigs on FOX and FUEL TV.

A true ambassador of the sport, Stann retires with an overall MMA record of 12-6 to his credit, including notable victories over Alessio Sakara, Chris Leben, Jorge Santiago, and Doug Marshall.

Share your favorite Stann moments or just wish him the best of luck in the comments section, Nation.

-J. Jones

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mixmasternut- July 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm
I'm from Simi Valley, and lol'd at the fireworks reference
mtnthc- July 12, 2013 at 10:52 am
Yeah, probably best to avoid dementia pugilistica.
Thumblaster- July 12, 2013 at 10:05 am
Pen , you sir are a fucking retard.. You left out the lazy black athelete.
J.Jones- July 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm
@Pen - You don't own a giant mirror by chance, do you? For some reason, I always picture you holding one up to society while typing your comments.
Pen Fifteen- July 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm
A true ambassador of the sport, Stann helped show mainstream audiences that MMA wasn't just a sport for of tatted-up white trash neo-Nazis and zany multi-colored Brazilians, but a sport for the kind of clean-cut aggro-militarist alpha-jock that the average sports fan can relate to. Indeed, Stann is as American as baseball, apple pie, hotdogs, and shooting the fuck out of brown people in Iraq.
thegorilla- July 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Mediocre fighter. He'll be much better behind a mic. He's very much like chael. I don't look forward to the inevitable un retirement fight against Forrest.
crappiefloper- July 11, 2013 at 10:12 am
Oosss
haus66- July 11, 2013 at 10:04 am
I wanted to see him fight Tim Kennedy in a Fight-For-the-troops show, but oh well. Much respect and admiration to Stann, inside and outside of the cage.
teep- July 11, 2013 at 9:47 am
Stann: A true champion. Someone for your kids to look up to. He announced his retirement in good way, not with flash and flair. I think he would be a good employee for Zuffa in some capacity. Now the HW division is really a mess.
Rampages Conscience- July 11, 2013 at 9:43 am
Smart Move. Respect.
Fried Taco- July 11, 2013 at 9:40 am
Smart guy, he has several other ways to make money and support his family without taking all the damage.
algiersheadkick504- July 11, 2013 at 9:38 am
To Brian Stan I salute yu good sir, looking forward to yur unretirement fight
uzitotinbaby- July 11, 2013 at 9:36 am
As a fellow Marine I just want to wish Stann the best, and kudos for getting out while you can still take a shit on your own.
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