|Weight Class||Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.) / Middleweight (185 lbs.)|
|Height||6' 1" (185 cm)|
|Birth Date||September 24, 1980|
|Fighting Out Of||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Brian Stann Pictures||http://brianstann.com/|
Brian "All American" Stann is a former American Marine and mixed martial artist who competes as a Light Heavyweight. He fought for the WEC, where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion, before the promotion dropped it's Light Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions. When the divisions were dropped, Stann was relocated to the WEC's sister promotion, the UFC, where he currently competes.
Marine Corps officials say they continue to use Stann's story as a recruiting tool, and he attributes his success to the MMA foundation he learned fighting at the Corps' Martial Arts Center for Excellence in Quantico, Virginia. “He has been an ideal spokesperson and role model,” said Lt. Col. Mike Zeliff, assistant chief of staff for advertising with Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
|Record||12 - 6 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Wanderlei Silva||KO (Punches)||UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann||3/2/2013||2||4:08||Won Fight of the Night and co-Knockout of the Night; Light Heavyweight|
|Loss||Michael Bisping||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort||9/22/2012||3||5:00|
|Win||Alessio Sakara||KO (Punches)||UFC on FUEL TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva||4/14/2012||1||2:26|
|Loss||Chael Sonnen||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3||10/08/2011||2||3:51/td>|
|Win||Jorge Santiago||KO (Punches)||UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill||5/28/2011||2||2:49||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||Chris Leben||TKO (Knee and Punches)||UFC 125: Resolution||1/01/2011||1||3:37|
|Win||Mike Massenzio||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC Live 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko||8/01/2010||3||3:10||Middleweight debut; Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Loss||Phil Davis||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 109: Relentless||2/06/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Rodney Wallace||Decision (Unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale||12/05/2009||3||5:00|
|Win||Steve Cantwell||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard||9/16/2009||3||5:00|
|Loss||Krzysztof Soszynski||Submission (Kimura)||UFC 97: Redemption||4/18/2009||1||3:53||UFC debut|
|Loss||Steve Cantwell||TKO (Punches)||WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura||8/03/2008||2||4:01||Lost WEC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Doug Marshall||KO (Punches)||WEC 33: Marshall vs. Stann||3/26/2008||1||1:35||Won WEC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Jeremiah Billington||TKO (Punches)||WEC 30: McCullough vs. Crunkilton||9/05/2007||1||3:07|
|Win||Craig Zellner||TKO (Punches)||WEC 28: Faber vs. Farrar||6/03/2007||1||4:57|
|Win||Steve Cantwell||TKO (Punches)||WEC 26: Condit vs. Alessio||3/24/2007||1||0:41|
|Win||Miguel Cosio||TKO (Punches)||WEC 21: Tapout||6/15/2006||1||0:16||WEC debut; Second shortest fight in WEC history at the time|
|Win||Aaron Stark||TKO||SF 14: Resolution||1/06/2006||1||N/A|
Stann was born at Yokota Air Base in Japan and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and then matriculated to the United States Naval Academy in 2003. He played football for the Midshipmen at the position of middle linebacker during his time at the Naval Academy. Upon graduation, he was assigned as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, and has since risen to the rank of Captain.
On November 8, 2005, Stann and his command, the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon, were ambushed by Iraqi insurgents while trying to secure a bridge near Karabilah. Stann and his men held out for six days under heavy attacks while Stann coordinated air and tank support that eventually allowed them to be relieved on November 14, 2005. Out of forty-two men in Stann's platoon, all survived, and Stann was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest award for valor in combat. This mission was shown on the episode, "Iraq's Most Wanted" on the History Channel show, Shootout!, in which Brain Stann was interviewed. He left active duty in the Marine Corps as of May 2008.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Stann first competed in the smaller Sports Fight promotion, winning his MMA debut by TKO in the first round.
His next opponent was Steve Cantwell, who he also defeated in the first round by TKO. He went on to defeat Craig Zellner and Jeremiah Billington also by TKO to earn the number 1 contender spot for the Light Heavyweight title, at the time held by Doug Marshall.
On March 26, 2008 Stann defeated Doug Marshall to become the WEC Light Heavyweight champion. With this victory, Stann's MMA record reached 6-0, with five victories in the WEC.
In August he lost his first title defense in a rematch against Steve Cantwell.
Move to UFC
In 2008, Zuffa announced plans to shut down the WEC's 185-lb and 205-lb weight classes, and bring all of those fighters to the UFC by 2009, leaving the WEC to concentrate on lighter weight classes.
Stann was scheduled to make his UFC debut on December 10, 2008 at UFC: Fight For The Troops, that was held at the Army base of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, against Steve Cantwell, but he sustained a foot injury and was forced to withdraw from the card. Stann was replaced on the card, and they reschedule him to make his debut at UFC 97: Redemption against The Ultimate Fighter 8 Light Heavyweight contestant Krzysztof Soszynski. Soszynski used his superior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills to submit Stann in the first round with a Kimura lock.
His next fight took place at UFC Fight Night 19 against his WEC nemesis Steve Cantwell, for their rubber match. The two fighters traded punches for three straight rounds, ending in Stann winning a curious unanimous decision, as many saw Cantwell controlling much of the fight. The fight was the first for Stann to end in a decision and also ended with the Stann-Cantwell trilogy, going 2-1 in favor of Stann.
On December 5, 2009, Stann faced off against UFC newcomer Rodney Wallace, who had recently won the VFC Light Heavyweight Tournament. The bout lasted all three rounds, with Stann winning by Decision (Unanimous).
Stann returned to action at UFC 109: Relentless where he faced off against Wrestling stand-out Phil Davis, who was making his UFC debut. Davis ended up winning the upset by Decision (Unanimous), and handing Stann his second loss in his four fights in the UFC.
In April 2010, Stann announced that he would be dropping down to Middleweight (185 lbs.) due to the size advantage he had been facing as a Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.).
- "Most of the guys I fight are going to have the game plan of holding me down, so I want to be the guy that's very difficult to get down and hold down," he said. "For a guy like me, who's biggest asset is his knockout power, I can't afford to fight these top-level wrestlers and spend the entire fight on my back."
His Middleweight debut took place at UFC Live 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko, where he faced Mike Massenzio. After two evenly matched rounds, an action-packed third round benefited Stann, who fired off multiple Triangle Choke attempts before finally securing a successful one on his third try. Massenzio, who was wobbled by a punch at the beginning of the round, tapped out at the 3:10 mark. The bout went on to win the Fight of the Night Honors.
Stann and his wife Teressa have a daughter named Alexandra. They currently reside in Johns Creek, Georgia.