Originally posted on hov-mma  |  Last updated 7/11/13
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Visit Rangerup today Yesterday news broke that UFC middleweight Brian Stann would be joining the FOX sports crew for ACC college football. We've already seen Stann do great work outside of the cage with his MMA and Boxing broadcast career and most importantly we all know about the time he served a United States Marine. Today, on a special edition of the MMA Hour, Brian Stann officially announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts. Stann cited his career in football, dealing with several explosions in Iraq, and 7 years in the sport of MMA for part of the reason he's decided to leave the sport. Stann has a 3rd child on the way this fall and feels it would be "irresponsible" for him to continue in the sport. With a bright future in the broadcast booth and a long career of not just fighting in a cage, but for his country Stann has made the right decision, because it's his. Stann also admitted that he would probably continue to compete if he had beaten Wanderlei Silva in Saitama  this past March in Saitama. Check out what Captain Stann had to say about some of his greatest memories int he sport below: "Fighting in Japan in a main event against Wanderlei Silva who I remember looking up on the internet when I was in the marines was pretty cool because when I look back on it I'm like man I never in a million years would've thought - hey I'm gonna fight that guy, and I'm gonna fight him in the main event in Japan on national TV, NEVER.  "Fighting on Memorial Day was incredible. When I beat Mike Massenzio that was a big moment as well, because it was in San Diego, there were a lot of military veterans there. It was a fight that was up in the air on whether I should win or lose. And it was kind of a turning point in my career. You know there was a time I thought that would be my last fight. I'd fight that fight and then you know, hey, not making a whole lot of money it's probably smarter for me to invest my time in other things and go figure - you win the fight, you get fight of the night and now all of a sudden, oh wow, I'm gonna continue doing this. So, there are definitely a bunch of memories that really stick out and those are just a few. " Stann has built a career as a fighter, he's put his life on the line for his country, and he's put his body on the line in the Octagon. We here at hov-mma would personally like to thank Brian Stann for his military service and the time he spent in the cage, and we look forward to supporting him in the next phase of his career. Stann is a hero to a lot of people and it's hard decisions like this that we applaud him for. Stann retires from the sport with a record of 12-6. He's a former WEC Light Heavyweight champion and a three-time UFC fight of the night winner. Do yourself a favor and visit Hire Heroes (bookmark it) to continue to help create jobs for our United States military veterans and spouses. Thank you Brian Stann.

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