About Brian Stann
Brian Stann was born on September 24, 1980, at Yokota Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan. Soon after that, he moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he grew up.
Stann’s book, Heart for the Fight, told the story of his time on the tough streets of Scranton, where fighting was a necessity for him in order to survive. Along the way, he excelled in football at Scranton Preparatory School, a school that his mother somehow was able to devote her limited funds to send him to. Stann set school records for career passing and rushing yards by a quarterback while there. Perhaps due to a maturity that few others possesses, Stann also excelled as a student.
Choosing a College
Stann was recruited by several Division I and I-AA schools, including Yale and Harvard. Though he initially wanted to enroll in an Ivy League school, the problem was that they did not offer scholarships, and his family could not afford the tuition. But then his friend Clinton Cornell came back home from the Naval Academy and told him how much he loved it. The discipline and devotion the school encompassed appealed to him more than drinking and partying. Soon after, he enrolled at the United States Naval Academy.
Stann made the practice squad his first two seasons at Navy. His final two seasons, he did make it to the Saturday games. Initially, he tried quarterback, where his particular skill set didn’t cut the mustard in the offense. This led him to switch to linebacker. Though he never started at quarterback or linebacker for the club, he did play special teams. More important, he never quit, and the resolve he showed then seems to be a theme in his life.
Along the way, Stann graduated from the Academy and played under two coaches in Charlie Weatherbie and Paul Johnson. He also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.
The Armed Forces
After graduation, Stann was assigned as an infantry officer in the Marines, where he eventually achieved the rank of Captain. On May 8, 2005, as part of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, he commanded the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon. His unit was attacked by insurgents while attempting to secure the Ramana Bridge, near Karabilah, Iraq. His entire 42 person platoon survived the six days of fighting that commenced. Stann was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor in combat, for his efforts. Stann left active duty in May 2008. He was still a commanding officer for the Marines while in the WEC.
Early MMA Years
Stann made his pro MMA debut against Aaron Stark on 1/6/06, winning by TKO. In fact, he won his first six fights, with the last coming against Doug Marshall for the WEC Light Heavyweight Championship. Stann then lost two straight, one to Steve Cantwell, whom he had defeated earlier in his career, and another in his UFC debut to Krzysztof Soszynski. Though he went on a two fight winning streak after that, including taking the rubber match against Cantwell, he found out in his next fight against Phil Davis that light heavyweights were just too big for him. Thus, he made the move to middleweight.
Stann is a very strong, big middleweight fighter that likes to stand and bang. Though he had power as a light heavyweight, he is one of the strongest middleweight punchers around. What’s more, his takedown defense has improved tremendously over time, as have the rest of his skills since he started training with Greg Jackson.
Not surprisingly, Stann is known as a very hard worker with tremendous heart.
Stann is married to his college sweetheart, Teressa, who he met while back home visiting his family in Scranton. She is a graduate of Marywood University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Services. Teressa is also a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader.
Some of Brian Stann’s Greatest MMA Victories:
- Stann defeats Doug Marshall by KO at WEC 33: With this first round victory, Stann was able to secure the WEC Light Heavyweight Championship. It was a huge accomplishment for a man currently serving, by anyone’s measure.
- Stann defeats Steve Cantwell by decision at UFC Fight Night Diaz vs. Guillard: Was it his most impressive performance? Heck no. Still, Stann was able to fight a smart fight, rather than one of those showdowns at the OK corral. In other words, beyond winning the rubber match, the victory signified Stann’s maturity as a fighter.
- Stann defeats Chris Leben by TKO at UFC 125: Most people who end up in a brawl with Leben find themselves looking for their teeth on the canvas. Not Stann. Rather, he stopped a man with a jaw that previously only looked penetrable when he went up against Anderson Silva. Huge victory for the war hero.
This Brian Stann Net Worth profile originated at WealthyGenius.com