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.

Enzo Calzaghe advises Cleverly to stay at Light Heavyweight

Enzo Calzaghe, father and former trainer of legendary Welsh boxer Joe, has said that Nathan Cleverly is on the verge of committing a huge mistake by moving up a weight class.

The Welshman thinks that his fellow countryman would do a lot better if he stuck around at Light Heavyweight instead of making his planned move up to Cruiserweight. Enzo has never been one who has minced his words, no matter how hurtful that might be for the people concerned and he has shed some light on why he thinks this latest move by the popular Welshman could cost him a stellar career.

Enzo, who trained Joe to the Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight titles in an unbeaten career, has said that if Nathan Cleverly was his protégé and asked for his opinion, he would tell him to stay at Light Heavyweight. He added that the Welshman hasn’t knocked out more than two people in his career and he lacks that punch in his armor.

The senior Calzaghe also believes that he should have given himself another chance at Light Heavyweight and cannot understand why he thinks his time at the division is up. He believes Cleverly could have fulfilled his immense potential if he stuck around at Light Heavyweight and not make a knee jerk reaction by moving up to Cruiserweight.

He added that with enough training and focus, Cleverly could become a top fighter of championship caliber once again.

According to Enzo, most fighters are Cruiserweight come down from Heavyweight and so, Nathan Cleverly will be facing a fighter who was a Heavyweight earlier in his career more often than not. Moreover, he will have to put on twenty five pounds to make the weight class and that can be the most difficult task to accomplish for him.