Brian Stann is back in the MMA game, in an advisory capacity with the PFL.
It’s been almost a year since Brian Stann walked away from his broadcast spot alongside partner Jon Anik in the UFC. Now, the former UFC and WEC middleweight/light heavyweight is getting back in the MMA game, this time as part of the Professional Fighter’s League. On Thursday, the PFL announced that Stann had joined the organization, as part of their Fighter and Competition/Rules Committee.
PFL is proud to announce that @BrianStann has officially joined the team as part of our Fighter & Competition/Rules committee. From his 7 years of experience inside the cage to his extensive years of service in the US Marine Corps. Stann comes to PFL as a resource to our fighters pic.twitter.com/EyfaJGsuC9
— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) May 17, 2018
Stann, a decorated Marine, captured the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) light heavyweight championship in 2008 against Doug ‘The Rhino’ Marshall. He later joined the UFC when parent company Zuffa purchased WEC and merged the promotions. There, he saw a successful in-cage career turn into a broadcasting spot with the company, where he was a regular feature on Fight Night events.
Stann left his broadcast role last August, to pursue opportunities outside the sport. Now, he’s back in the game, albeit in an advisory capacity with the PFL. The promotion, born out of the World Series of Fighting, is launching their inaugural ‘season’ after a handful of shows last year. 2018 will see the debut of the tournament format for the company, which is set to award $1 million dollars to the winner of tournaments set for each division eligible.
“I couldn’t be more excited that Brian has brought his expertise and passion for MMA to the PFL,” said Pete Murray, CEO of PFL in a press release Thursday. “Brian will be instrumental in helping the PFL build the Fighter and Competition/Rules Committee and fulfill our vision of being a ‘fighter first’ league. His resume is as impressive as his character and he will play an important role in maintaining the standards of professionalism that the PFL brings to the sport.”
The PFL 2018 season kicks off June 7 in New York City.