Brian Stann played middle linebacker for the US Naval Academy and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2003. Following his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps, he served as an Infantry Officer in Mobile Assault Platoon and Company Executive Officer billets during two deployments with 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Mr. Stann was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor, for his actions near the Al-Romana Bridge during Operation MATADOR in May 2005.
From 2007 to 2008 Mr. Stann assumed duties as Commanding Officer, 8th Marine Regiment Headquarters Company in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He left the Marine Corps as a Captain in 2008 and moved to Georgia to assume positions at MedAssets and Hire Heroes USA.
Mr. Stann’s mixed martial arts fighting career began in the Marine Corps in 2003, where he earned certification as a black belt instructor trainer in Marine Corps Martial Arts. He began fighting professionally in 2006 while on active duty in the Marine Corps, using accumulated leave to take time for training and fights. In 2008 Mr. Stann defeated Doug Marshall to become the WEC Light Heavyweight champion; in 2009 he debuted in the UFC. Mr. Stann announced his retirement from the UFC in July 2013.
Mr. Stann was born at Yokota Air Base in Japan and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife Teressa, a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader, and his two daughters Alexandra and Deanna.