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Proud Marine Brian Stann Makes No Apologies for Memorializing His Fallen Military Brothers and Sisters Every Chance He Gets

By Mike Russell


(Marine Corps Captain Brian Stann receiving his Silver Star in March 2006 for bravery and leadership in battle)

Today marks the 236th birthday of the United States Marines, and as such, I thought it would be fitting to print an outtake quote from an interview I did with Brian Stann earlier this month for a recent Fighters Only Magazine story.

When talk turned to the growing contingent of MMA fans who have publicly blasted “All American” for memorializing his fallen military brothers and sisters, Stann, a decorated retired  Marine said that he makes no apologies for paying them tribute whenever he has a public forum to do so.

“They just don’t understand. I don’t like to say it’s ignorance, because I don’t want to insult anybody, but they aren’t educated or informed about the topic. When guys like me and Tim [Kennedy] talk about the military as much as we do, I like to give compare it to the analogy of being in a serious car crash and losing someone you care about in the accident,” Stann explains. “That incident is going to stick with you the rest of your life and you aren’t ever going to forget it. And you’re probably going to memorialize that person or that event in a lot of different aspects of your life. I’ve seen people run marathons for friends or cousins who they’ve lost to regular everyday tragedies and diseases.”

“Tim and I went to war several times and we’ve experienced the loss of people very close to us and of course we’re going to talk about them and memorialize them and pay tribute to them when we get the opportunity on national TV. I don’t care how many people make fun of us on Twitter or make comments on forums about us being too patriotic or overly pro-military. They aren’t going to stop me from doing that. Period,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of those [derogatory]comments. I try to stay away from reading things like that on forums and social media. The things I do read are what people tell me about. It has nothing to do with what the war was about or any political or moral stance; it’s simply about the young men and women who volunteered to server their country and were put into a war and didn’t survive. Those memories stick with you for a long time.”

We’ll have more from the interview with Stann next week.

Cage Potato would like to wish the USMC a happy birthday and thank the scores of Marines who have fought for the freedom of citizens from countless countries around the world these past 236 years. Semper Fi!

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myklhoey- November 11, 2011 at 10:55 am
YES I WAS A HUGE HULKAMANIC
@smelly
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smellypiratehooker- November 11, 2011 at 10:51 am
Sticks and stones will break my bones but words from someone of insignifficance in a chat forum will get the pride a'raging. Sorry, gotta work on the syllables. haha My Captcha was...go fuck yourself
smellypiratehooker- November 11, 2011 at 10:45 am
Well I could've seen this one coming...The one day of the year when even the mightiest, logical, thick-skinned people will abandon all rational and empower The Troll.
thenutman69321- November 11, 2011 at 8:44 am
I didn't even know people were talking about this but I agree it's very stupid that he does it every chance he gets. It's just so out of place and you can't help but groan every time he or Kennedy brings up their "brothers". Same thing when any athlete thanks god, you can't help but think not again. God wasn't there helping you in the ring and I don't care about your friends fighting a pointless war.

His car crash analogy is pointless as well. Many of us know that guy who lost someone and brings it up every chance they get and most get sick of being around him very quickly.
Ani703- November 11, 2011 at 8:19 am
Brian Stann is the real deal. A bonafide war hero, and just an all around classy guy. I think it's great that he pays homage to his fellow soldiers and the fallen. Anyone who criticizes him is probably just a dick. Keep on doin what yer doin Stann.
danomite- November 11, 2011 at 8:12 am
USA! USA! USA! AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
amsterdamheavy- November 11, 2011 at 8:11 am
Instead of continuing this discussion with blind and led retards that will swallow any bullshit handed to them, Im gonna throw this one out so they can all feel better, dumb shits:

youtube.com/watch?v=GGuhZvO1DKg

I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!

When it comes crashing down, and it hurts inside,
ya' gotta take a stand, it don't help to hide,
Well, you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
I gotta be a man; I can't let it slide,
I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!

I feel strong about right and wrong,
And I don't take trouble for very long,
I got something deep inside of me, and courage is the thing that keeps us free,
I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!

Well you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
I gotta be a man; I can't let it slide,
I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!
I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what's right, fight for your life!
SnackDaddy- November 11, 2011 at 7:56 am
Brian Stan is a self-righteous douchebag. We all know you went to the army. We know you fought abroad. Sacrifices? Well it was your choice. No one forced you to do anything. You were probably too dumb to get a another job anyway (but that's a different story). Basically, stop trying to collect gratitude and sympathy and just fucking fight like everyone else.
myklhoey- November 11, 2011 at 7:53 am
suckmy LOL you left out ophans
Kimbos Bread- November 11, 2011 at 7:10 am
You dirrrrrrrrrty motherfucka...
SuckMySkyWalker- November 11, 2011 at 7:05 am
Fuck Brian Stan, Fuck your stupid patriotism, fuck your stupid policies, fuck your god, fuck your military, fuck you dumb fucking sheep with zero to little education, fuck your lifestyle and fuck your stupid fat country. Fuck all you sheep except Amsterdamheavy.
Motivated Penn- November 11, 2011 at 6:22 am
His "Being in a car crash with a friend who dies" analogy only works if you recognize that they were themselves the instigator of said car crash. You want me to mourn the loss of people who train their whole life at taking the lives of others? Surely these men are the cause of their own deaths. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Praising the soldiers who die in combat in wars of aggression is like praising a rapist who contracts HIV in the act.

Having said that, I like Stann & Kennedy and they are both fine fighters.
MrBlondeSL- November 11, 2011 at 5:46 am
HOOAH!
myklhoey- November 11, 2011 at 4:36 am
@ rsparrow
thanks for the responce
i agree wit u on some of your reasons
Dagnut- November 11, 2011 at 3:23 am
I stopped commenting on here a while back but I've still been lurking...round of applause to Amsterdamheavy and if people here are too stupid to realise..fuck um.
frndlylion- November 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm
There is a good reason the king of shit talkers (Chael Sonnen) had nothing bad to say about Stann. The man is to be respected for his accomplishments. He put his life on the line serving his country. I knew the military was not for me when I was young. People that do volunteer make the rest of us able to make that choice. There are other countries where everyone has to serve and no one gets a choice.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm
Really? Really? REAAAAAAAAAAALLY? Fuck Patriotism? Fuck you.. Hold on, Gimmie a moment. No I'm good fuck you seriously, first and foremost how fucking dare you talk about my country, My countrymen, and the service they provide. Just because you afforded the right to go fucking all conspiracy theory because you can sit behind a keyboard does not give you the right belittle the insane and daring shit the men and women of any armed force does. Everyone has a job and times aren't easy and you know what I may not agree with all the Political agenda's and what not but how fucking dare you. That is all..
RSparrow- November 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm
Slammered or not, good points my friend. Gotta support our troops, it's not their faults. And there ARE crazy fucks in other countries that need to be put in check. No one else will step up and do it except for us.
Irishwolfhound491- November 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm
@amterdamnheavy

Wow man I'm slammered and even I see the obvious flaws in your arguments. The politicians are the one to blame, not the soldiers. Stann is a hero, I don't particularly think he's a great fighter and I don't know him as a person but that first fact is undeniable. He saved the lives of his friends what else can you do in war? Is the war wrong? Yes but he can't control where he's sent so all he can do is protect his men.

So before you go slinging around all your anti soldier bullshit maybe remember who it is that will protect your ass if we're ever in trouble and if you don't live in the us, which by your name is likely, then stfu and stick to your own problems, lord knows Europe has enough.
RSparrow- November 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm
Look, I know how people have improved their lives and made changes because of the influence of God. I'm all for positive change. Mlkhoey, good for you brotha, I like you too. I just can't stand it when people pray for wins. When a team wins a game, or a fighter beats up another guy, God has absolutely nothing to do with it, period. That's complete garbage. You can thank god for being alive if you want. The whole point of the article has to do with our troops, so I'll save all the God talk for another posts. Stann's the man.
dranokills- November 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm
hey amsterdam if thats how you feel, why are you still here?
seriously I hear that shit all the time, the shit you spew, but the thing I don't see is action, all I see is YOU sitting on your ass doing nothing to make it better. You are a gutless, godless, nothing, and yeah I can see why that would make you angry.
Tell ya what man, give me your address....your reward is coming.
Try moving to amsterdam. poland is beautiful this time a year, and I know for a fact there are still a few buildings at Auschwitz you can go live in. Have fun douchenozzle.
myklhoey- November 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm
@ amsterdam
now the grown ups are talkin ok sweety
when pinky and the brain come on we'll call you
wat eva kid use your lill thousand dollor words i will bet if i were to debate you i wood put a betta argument for theism then you wood for atheism,
that bein said this is a mma site not a theology site i was askin rsparrow if he does anser wat eva if he ansers wit a hay mykl go f yourself wat eva still a fan of your posts
amsterdamheavy- November 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm
...because god isnt real ffs. There is no empirical proof of his existence and not even everyone who is religious believes in your shitty god.

Religion is a blight on humanity.
2DaDeath- November 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm
Stann is THE man!. One of the 1% that fights for 100% of us. It's sad when commenters get so desperate for attention that they turn to trolling.
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