Brian Stann announces his retirement

UFC middleweight and former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Thursday.

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

He made the announcement on on a special edition of “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani.

During the announcment of his retirement, he told Helwani that he called UFC President Dana White a week and a half ago to let him know of his decision.

Stann (12-6) started his career with six straight victories and defeated Doug Marshall at WEC 33 to win the WEC light heavyweight title.

In his first title defense, he was defeated by Steve Cantwell in the second round by TKO. After losing the title, he moved over to the UFC and was 2-2 in his first four fights.

After losing to Phil Davis at UFC 109, he moved down to the middleweight division and won three straight fights including a fight of the night TKO victory over Jorge Santiago at UFC 130.

He would only win once in his last four fights with that victory coming against Alessio Sakara at UFC on FUEL TV 2. His last fight came in March of this year as he was defeated by Wanderlei Silva in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 8.

Stann will now moved into his new career which will be in television as a color analyst for ACC college football games for Fox Sports South. Along with working the college football games, he will likely continue to work with the UFC on their television broadcasts on Fox.