Since retiring from the sport Brian Stann has made himself an integral part of the UFC’s play-by-play team, but that’s about to end as the former fighter has announced that he’s leaving the company for a new job outside of MMA.
The 36-year-old former U.S. Marine revealed yesterday that he’s accepted a new job that will see him become the COO of a real estate firm in addition to pursuing his executive MBA later this year.
Stann explained that it was a desire to spend more time with his family that ultimately led to him choosing to leave the UFC, where a gruelling schedule had him spending half of the weekends over the course of the past year away from home while covering events across the globe.
After Stann made his announcement, his partner in the broadcast booth, Jon Anik, posted a heartfelt tribute to the decorated war hero on social media.
“Feels like we were just getting started! Will forever cherish the last four years calling fights with @brianstann,” Anik wrote. “As far as I’m concerned, he changed the game for MMA analysis and leaves his UFC commentator post as one of the best color guys to ever do it, in any sport. Like Larry Bird, he raised everyone’s game and his approach to preparation and his craft couldn’t help but rub off on the rest of us.
#TheGreatestLivingAmerican thing is no joke and I have known for sometime that this day would come. Still hits me hard. No surprise B-Stann has and will continue to have myriad suitors. He is the best leader I’ve been around and I can’t wait to see what is next.
The UFC fighters who have had their fights called by Brian are forever grateful, you can be sure. But few could be as grateful as I am, for having had the chance to learn from this absolute giant among men.
May be the end for #Stannik, but I’ve earned a best friend. Wishing all the best to the best to do it. You’re missed already. #Stann2024 #damn”
UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby also paid tribute to Stann, and like Anik he referenced a long-held belief among those close to him that he’ll one day make a run for presidency.
“I have not worked with a finer human being,” Shelby stated. “Anyone would be extremely lucky to work for Brian & I look forward to eventually voting for him.”