Brian Stann is a professional mixed martial artist from the United States of America who currently competes as a Middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC. Stann has also served in his capacity for the United States Marine Corps, even at the Iraq War before retiring from service a few years back. Stann has also been the champion of the Light Heavyweight division in the World Extreme Cage-fighting or the WEC before the show merged with the UFC in 2010. As per the latest rankings released by Sherdog in October 2011, he is ranked as the 7th best Middleweight fighter in the world.
Born on the 24th of September, 1980 in Japan at the Yokota Air Base, his family moved with Stann to Scranton, Philadelphia when he was just a baby and he received his primary education here before enrolling into the United States Naval Academy in 1999. During his stint with the Naval Academy, he also played football as a linebacker and once he graduated from the Academy in 2003, Brian Stann became a captain in the infantry of the United States Marine Corps quite early in his career. Perhaps the most harrowing time that Stann had to face during his time with the Marines was during the Iraq War, when his unit was ambushed and had to fight off the insurgents for as many as six days before coming out unscathed with all 42 of his platoon members. His efforts were recognized with a Silver Star, the third highest award that one can get for showing valor during combat in the United States, in 2005. Although he had already started competing in the WEC, it was not until May 2008 that Stann left the Marine Corps. Brian Stann received his initial training in mixed martial arts at the Marine Corps Martial Arts Centre for Excellence, which has gone a long way to cement his place in the WEC as well as the UFC.
Stann won the Light Heavyweight Championship in the WEC in a match against Doug Marshall but he lost the title in his very first defense against Steve Cantwell. In his debut match in the UFC, Stann faced Cantwell and defeated him via the judges’ decision to avenge his loss in the title defense match up. Since then, Brian Stann has gone on to be a highly competitive force in the UFC and although he is yet to win a title in the UFC; he is near the championship match that he has been waiting for ever since his arrival in the UFC.