It appears that “The All American,” Brian Stann has decided to move on to different ventures other than fighting, today announcing his retirement from active MMA competition. The hard-hitting striker appeared on a special edition of “The MMA Hour” on MMA Fighting to elaborate on his decision.

Stann, always the consummate professional, will join the broadcast team on UFC on Fox Sports 1 South, calling NCAA football games this fall. Stann himself was a college football player at Navy. The network announced his hiring before his retirement today:

Although he never fought for the title, Stann always laid it all out on the line. He did just that in what was to be his last UFC bout ever, getting knocked out by Wanderlei Silva in Japan this March. Stann knew he could have probably fought differently but wanted to put on a good show for the fans.

And that, in a nutshell, was what Brian Stann is all about. Fans will remember his swing-for-the-fences style and his professionalism, evident by his knockout of Alessio Sakara when he let up on the gas pedal.

The MMA world lost a great person, fighter, and hero today in Brian Stann. Best wishes go to him as he continues to succeed in other sports-related avenues.