UFC middleweight Brian Stann hasn’t seen action since a March loss to Wanderlei Silva and, based on a recent announcement, it looks like the 32-year old won’t ever be taking to the Octagon again as a competitor. Though specifics weren’t offered, Stann revealed he had decided to retire from Mixed Martial Arts in order to focus more time on family and other interests.
Stann spoke about the move earlier today on The MMA Hour, explaining, “There’s a lot of reasons that have caused me to retire from the sport. But really for me, it’s the best thing, and more importantly for my family right now. I’m still going to be involved as much as the UFC will allow me to be in the UFC, and continuing to be an ambassador for the sport.”
“As far as competing anymore, as sad as it makes me, it’s not the best thing for me as a husband and a father,” he concluded.
In addition to staying closer to home with his career change, the former WEC champion is also lined up to serve as a FOX Sports college football broadcaster covering the ACC.
The “All-American” Stann leaves the sport with a 12-6 mark including wins over Jorge Santiago, Alessio Sakara, and Chris Leben. Nine of his victories were the result of a strike-based stoppage.