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Thursday, 07/11/2013, 09:48 am

Brian Stann retires from MMA, Set To Join ACC Broadcast Team For FOX

Marine veteran turned mixed martial artist turned UFC standout Brian Stann announced today something he’s known for about 4 months. According to foxsports.com Stann decided to step away from the UFC and MMA after an eight-year career following his loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in March.

“I said it that night,” Stann told FOX Sports. “I told my coach I was done. I train really, really hard. I put everything into it. But it’s been difficult since the death of my brother-in-law a couple years ago. It’s been a real challenge. I could no longer go to Albuquerque to train at Jackson’s (MMA gym). (Greg) Jackson, (Mike) Winkeljohn and all the other coaches developed me into a top-10 fighter.”

Stann ends his career with a 12-6 pro record and once held the WEC light heavyweight title. He also took on a new career in recent months as a FOX Sports UFC analyst for broadcasts on FUEL TV and FX.

That has now led Stann to a new opportunity: analyst for ACC football games for FOX Sports South, a move that was announced on Wednesday.

The 32 year old Brian Stann is a former linebacker at the Naval Academy and went on to become a decorated Marine, earning the Silver Star for his actions when his platoon was ambushed in Iraq in 2005.

The toll that football, war and MMA took on his body also factored into his decision to step away from the Octagon.

“I played football from second grade on,” Stann said. “Then after football, I went to Iraq and was near several explosions and then there was my eight-year MMA career. I just want to reduce my risk for CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease) so I can enjoy my family. It’s tough.”

“As a father of three, I can’t just think about me. It’s not about pride. It’s not about glory. It’s not about personal goals. My No. 1 job in life is a husband and then a father. That’s not just about providing for them. I want to enjoy every moment with my kids.”

Stann also had this to say to his fans and the UFC, “I am grateful to the UFC, the fans and all the fighters I was able to work with,” Stann said. “The relationships and experiences I’ve had in the UFC have made me a much better person. I will forever be a martial artist and hope to continue my work representing the UFC on FOX and FOX Sports 1. I want to continue being an ambassador for this sport and the fighters.”

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