There was a unified reaction to today’s news that Brian Stann will no longer be calling UFC fights, and that was one of disappointment.
Stann revealed he’s parting ways with the UFC effective immediately and will no long be calling action from cageside. Over the past four years, he’s become one of the organization’s most prominent and beloved broadcasters, so many were taken aback by the news.
Although Stann is pursuing an opportunity outside the sport which he sounds greatly excited about, the response to his announcement showed the 11-time octagon veteran will be missed.
Check below for the top social media reactions to the news of Stann’s UFC departure.
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I am announcing my departure from calling fights w/ the UFC. I have been offered an amazing leadership role with a fast growing Real Estate Firm and will be attending Northwestern (Kellogg) for my executive MBA this fall. Thank you to everyone for years of support, especially the athletes and coaches whom I love deeply. I will continue to be a huge MMA supporter and attend many events. Thank you to everyone from FOX and Zuffa who helped me so much in this journey. @jon_anik you are my brother and that will never change, and I cannot tell you how important your friendship has been to me. My wife @teressa_stann who has endured so much and supported me through war, fighting, and now this transition, I love forever and thank you so much. This move is to focus more on my family. I traveled 26 weekends last year for work while also working a full time job. My new role as a COO will be very difficult but still afford me my weekends with my wife and 3 children. Transition and change are a part of life and I am really excited to prove my worth to my new company and hopefully showcase the diverse skills military veterans and mixed martial artists possess. Thank you all. – Brian
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Feels like we were just getting started! Will forever cherish the last four years calling fights with @brianstann. As far as I’m concerned, he changed the game for MMA analysis and leaves his UFC commentator post as one of the best color guys to ever do it, in any sport. Like Larry Bird, he raised everyone’s game and his approach to preparation and his craft couldn’t help but rub off on the rest of us. #TheGreatestLivingAmerican thing is no joke and I have known for sometime that this day would come. Still hits me hard. No surprise B-Stann has and will continue to have myriad suitors. He is the best leader I’ve been around and I can’t wait to see what is next. The UFC fighters who have had their fights called by Brian are forever grateful, you can be sure. But few could be as grateful as I am, for having had the chance to learn from this absolute giant among men. May be the end for #Stannik, but I’ve earned a best friend. Wishing all the best to the best to do it. You’re missed already. #Stann2024 #damn
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I'm really going to miss working events with @brianstann . We always had great talks about life and he looked out for me like a big brother. Selfishly I'm bummed he won't be on the road with us but I am so thrilled he is on a new path that affords him the time he wants to be with his family. Thanks for always watching out for me, Brian – can't wait to watch your new journey unfold.
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