Brian Stann has been a fixture in the MMA scene for quite awhile now, as he is a former World Extreme Cagefighting Light Heavyweight Champion and a longtime UFC fighter.
Since retiring a in 2013 after a loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC On Fuel TV 8, the military veteran has been seen in the commentary booth calling a plethora of UFC events.
However, the longtime fighter and color commentator is no longer calling fights for the UFC because he is taking a job as a COO of a real estate firm.
Stann made the announcement via Twitter and Instagram:
I am announcing my departure from calling fights w/ the UFC. I have been offered an amazing… https://t.co/YIk7rlSJNk— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) August 21, 2017
I am announcing my departure from calling fights w/ the UFC. I have been offered an amazing leadership role with a fast growing Real Estate Firm and will be attending Northwestern (Kellogg) for my executive MBA this fall. Thank you to everyone for years of support, especially the athletes and coaches whom I love deeply. I will continue to be a huge MMA supporter and attend many events. Thank you to everyone from FOX and Zuffa who helped me so much in this journey. @jon_anik you are my brother and that will never change, and I cannot tell you how important your friendship has been to me. My wife @teressa_stann who has endured so much and supported me through war, fighting, and now this transition, I love forever and thank you so much. This move is to focus more on my family. I traveled 26 weekends last year for work while also working a full time job. My new role as a COO will be very difficult but still afford me my weekends with my wife and 3 children. Transition and change are a part of life and I am really excited to prove my worth to my new company and hopefully showcase the diverse skills military veterans and mixed martial artists possess. Thank you all. - Brian
The retired fighter did say he is done “calling fights” for the UFC, so it is unknown at this time if he will take some other role within the promotion.