Brian Stann

Brian Michael Stann, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wrestler, is a retired officer of U.S. Marine and a former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion. Stann is also the President and CEO of Hire Heroes USA, a non-for-profit organization that helps U.S. military veterans. He is now a commentator of UFC and the ACC football games on Fox Sports.

Stann was born in Yakota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Scranton Preparatory School. He joined the United States Naval Academy in 1999 and was appointed as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps after graduation.

On 8th May 2005, then Lieutenant Brian Stann was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines and commanded the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon. His unit bravely fought against the surprise attack by the rebels during Operation Matador while they were trying to secure Ramana Bridge, near Karabilah. Stann and his Marines valiantly fought for six days under tremendous attacks and coordinated air and tank support which eventually relieved them and all the members of the platoon survived. Stann received the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for gallantry in combat, on March 2006.

Stann began his fighting career in 2006 but still continued serving the nation on active duty. In 2008 he left active duty for the Marine Corps and later that year in August Stann defeated Doug Marshall to become the WEC Light Heavyweight champion. He joined the UFC in 2009 and his made his in-ring debut against Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 97 but made an unsuccessful start. He made his Middleweight debut against Mike Massenzio on 1st August 2010 at UFC on Versus 2.

Brian Stann retired from UFC on 11th July 2013 at a special edition of the MMA hour. Military historian John R. Bruning wrote his biography and Zenith Press published it by the name “Heart for the Fight: A Marine Hero’s Journey from the Battlefields of Iraq to Mixed Martial Arts Champion”. He also continues to serve his military roots by aiding veterans through the “Hire Heroes” foundation.