Brian Stann is hanging up the 4oz gloves.
“I played football from second grade on,” Stann told Fox Sports. “Then after football, I went to Iraq and was near several explosions, and then there was my eight-year MMA career. I just want to reduce my risk for CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease) so I can enjoy my family. It’s tough.
“As a father of three, I can’t just think about me. It’s not about pride. It’s not about glory. It’s not about personal goals. My No. 1 job in life is [to be] a husband and then a father. That’s not just about providing for them. I want to enjoy every moment with my kids.”
Stann leaves the sport with a record of 12-6 (6-5 in the UFC). The former Marine Captain is a former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion.