Brian Stann, who earned a Silver Star while commanding Marines in Iraq before becoming a professional mixed martial arts fighter and commentator, will step aside from his UFC commentary duties to tackle new career opportunities, he said in a Monday social media post.
Stann will attend Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management to pursue a master’s degree in business administration while taking on “an amazing leadership role with a fast growing Real Estate Firm,” he wrote on Instagram:
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
Stann graduated from the Naval Academy in 2003. His Silver Star came for his actions while his unit battled insurgents for control of a bridge north of Karabilah, Iraq, in May 2005. ”Second Lieutenant Stann personally directed two casualty evacuations, three vehicle recovery operations and multiple close air support missions under enemy small arms, machinegun and mortar fire in his 360-degree fight,” per his award citation.
He began his pro MMA career while on active duty, carrying the nickname ”All-American.” Stann retired in March 2013 after a knockout loss to Wanderlei Silva, having compiled a 12-6 record.
A linebacker at Navy, Stann entered the college football broadcasting booth shortly after leaving the octagon, providing color commentary on regional Atlantic Coast Conference broadcasts for Fox Sports South. He’s done studio and ringside broadcasting work for UFC broadcasts, earning positive reviews from the start.
Since 2008, Stann also has served as president and chief executive officer of Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit that provides career guidance and employment resources to service members, veterans and military spouses.