On a special edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, former WEC champion and veteran UFC middleweight and light heavyweight Brian Stann announced this retirement from MMA. The 32-year-old engaged in a memorable war of a main event with Wanderlei Silva at light heavyweight this past March, losing by 2nd round KO.
Stann (12-6) won the WEC light heavyweight title in 2008 against Doug Marshall before losing his first defense to Steve Cantwell later that year. He joined the UFC in 2009 and recorded a 3-2 record at 205 lbs. After a loss to Phil Davis, Stann dropped to middleweight and scored KO wins over Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago. His rise to the top was thwarted by Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping. Stann's final win as a pro fighter came against Alessio Sakara in Sweden last year.
In recent months Stann has been a regular pundit on Fuel TV and FOX, providing analysis for pre- and post-fight shows. It was also announced earlier this week that Stann will also provide analysis for ACC college football for Fox Sports South.
Stann stressed in his interview with Helwani that he did not want to risk his long-term health, especially while raising a family, after years of playing football, military combat, and MMA fighting.