Mixed Martial Arts

Former U.S. marine war hero Stann retires from MMA

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The Canadian Press
7/11/2013 7:22:31 PM
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TORONTO -- Brian (All American) Stann, a former WEC champion and decorated war hero, has retired from mixed martial arts at the age of 32.

"I leave taking more from mixed martial arts than I ever gave," the UFC veteran told The MMA Hour in announcing his retirement Thursday.

A former WEC light-heavyweight champion, Stann went on campaign in the UFC as a middleweight. He returned to the 205-pound ranks his last time out to face Brazilian veteran Wanderlei (The Axe Murderer) Silva in March in Japan. The two slugged it out in a memorable fight before Stann was stopped late in the second round.

Stann (12-6) lost three of his last four, admittedly against tough opposition in Silva, Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen. He defeated Alessio Sakara during that run.

A former U.S. marine captain, Stann won the Silver Star for bravery in Iraq after his platoon was ambushed in May 2005 while seizing a bridge near Karabilah.

He always said the medal is not something he celebrates. Instead he wonders whether he could have made better decisions.

Stann is president of Hire Heroes USA, a charitable group that finds work for the military, particularly wounded veterans. He has also done TV work on UFC shows.

Brian Stann (Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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