UFC fighter Brian Stann has announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts at the age of 32.
“There’s only so long that I can roll those dice and be successful. For me, the risk is not worth it,” Stann stated during a special edition of Ariel Helwani’s ‘MMA Hour’ show.
Stann had lost three of his last four fights, earning a KO win over Alessio Sakara, but losing out to Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping and most recently Wanderlei Silva by KO back in March in what’s likely to be in the running for ‘Fight Of The Year.’
A former commanding officer in the Marines who won the Silver Star, Stann was at one time the WEC’s light-heavyweight champion before eventually moving to the UFC.
After an initial 2-2 stint in the Octagon at 205lbs, Stann dropped down to 185lbs and racked up three wins in succession, but wasn’t able to maintain that form and his run in the division ends with a 4-3 record.
He hangs up his gloves with an overall career record of 12-6, with nine of his victories coming by way of knockout.
It’s unfortunate to see Stann bow out at a relatively young age given that he probably had a good few wars still left in him, but it’s hard to fault his reasoning.
In recent times of his career Stann has proven to be a natural in front of the camera and has served as an analyst some ‘UFC On FOX’ and ‘UFC On Fuel TV’ shows.
With his career in the cage now at an end we’re likely to see more of him in that capacity, and he’s also announced that he’ll be in the broadcast booth for college football games on FOX Sports South later this year.