During a breaking news edition of “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, UFC middleweight Brian Stann announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. Stann walks away from the sport at just 32-years-old. With his third child on the way and other career opportunities available, Stann thought it was the appropriate time to focus on being the best father and husband he can be by walking away from the sport he loves.
Stann also noted that fear of medical issues was also a reason for his decision to walk away. With his focus turning towards his family, Stann says it wasn’t the best decision to continue putting his body under additional punishment and stress.
“I absolutely feel like I can still go out there and compete at a high level,” Stann said. “However, at 32 it has gotten harder for me to stay healthy through training camps.”
News broke yesterday that Stann would be joining FOX Sports South as a part of their football programming, which covers the Atlantic Coast Conference. Stann will also hope to continue working with the UFC as part of the pre- and post-fight shows on FUEL TV.
Stann was a great ambassador for the sport and we wish him the best moving forward with his new career and family life.