After a seven-year mixed martial arts career, UFC middleweight Brain Stann (pictured) has decided its time to use his brain instead of his brawn. The 32-year-old announced his retirement from MMA Thursday to hone his skills behind the broadcast booth and spend more time with his family.
Stann, one of MMA’s most articulate speakers, will work for FOX covering ACC college football games. He also hopes to maintain his position as an analyst on the UFC’s pre- and post-fight shows.
“If you look at my life, I’ve been getting hit in the head since I was in second grade playing football,” Stann said on “The MMA Hour.” “I’m now 32 years old. That’s a long time, and there’s only so long that I can roll those dice and be successful. For me, the risk is not worth it.
“I’m very, very lucky to have other options. I’ve maintained a full-time job the entire time I was a fighter just because things like this could happen. You never know how successful you can be fighting. I’ve got some other options and I think it’s time I focus more on them. [UFC president Dana White] has been very supportive. We talked briefly about it, but he was extremely supportive. I hope that he and the UFC will continue to allow me to be involved in the sport in any way possible.”
Stann hangs up his MMA gloves with a respectable 12-6 record. However, the former WEC light heavyweight champion dropped three of his past four scraps inside the Octagon.
“The All-American” was last seen getting knocked out by Wanderlei Silva in March.