It just wasn’t until Thursday that he let the public in on his decision to step away from mixed martial arts after an eight-year career that ultimately concluded with a loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in March.
“I said it that night,” Stann told FOX Sports. “I told my coach I was done. I train really, really hard. I put everything into it. But it’s been difficult since the death of my brother-in-law a couple years ago. It’s been a real challenge. I could no longer go to Albuquerque to train at Jackson’s (MMA gym). (Greg) Jackson, (Mike) Winkeljohn and all the other coaches developed me into a top-10 fighter.”
Stann — who held the WEC light heavyweight title and had a 12-6 pro record — also fell into a new career in recent months, first as a FOX Sports UFC analyst for broadcasts on FUEL TV and FX. Those turns in front of the camera led to a new opportunity: analyst for ACC football games for FOX Sports South, a move that was announced on Wednesday.