Brian Stann, born in Tokyo, Japan at Yokota Air Base, on September 24, 1980. He grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Scranton Prep School. After graduation he attended the Naval Academy, where he played football for team Navy.
Graduating in 2003 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and became an infantry officer, serving with the “Betio Bastards” of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In May 2005, during Operation Matador (the Battle of Al Qaim), Lieutenant Stann and his mobile assault platoon were ambushed by insurgents when they tried to secure the Ramana Bridge. Stann and his Marines stuck it out for six days under heavy attack, while coordinating air and tank support that allowed them to be relieved on May 14, 2005. All 42 Marines in Stann’s platoon survived and his actions during that battle earned him the Silver Star.
In 2006, while still on active duty, Stann started pursing a career in mixed martial arts. He attributes his success in mixed martial arts to the foundation he learned while obtain a 3rd degree black belt at the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center for Excellence in Quantico, Virginia and the explosiveness and powerlifting exercises he learned while playing football.
In May 2008, Stann left active duty with the rank of Captain and pursued MMA full time.
Stann has a total of 12 wins and 6 losses in his MMA career. On July 11, 2013, Stann announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
In 2009, Brian started Hire Heroes USA and is President and Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit premier transition and employment assistance organization for veterans & their spouses with a passion for service and supporting our nation’s military.
In 2010, Stann wrote Heart for the Fight: A Marine Hero’s Journey from the Battlefields of Iraq to Mixed Martial Arts Champion, detailing his experiences growing up in Scranton, PA, playing football for the U.S. Naval Academy, serving as a Marine in Iraq, and becoming a WEC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Stann also became an analyst, providing in fight commentary, for the UFC post show in 2012.