clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Brian Stann: I would love to be new UFC commentator, but Joe Rogan is 'not going anywhere'

New, comments
FOX Sports

Current FOX Sports 1 broadcaster and retired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Brian Stann got his first opportunity to call the action for a UFC fight card at UFC 163, when he filled in for Joe Rogan on the Brazilian fight card in August of 2013.

The "All American" nailed it that evening and he hasn't missed a beat since. In fact, he is now one of the most highly-regarded mixed martial arts (MMA) broadcasters in the business, calling UFC fight cards on FOX Sports 1 and sitting behind the desk on the pre and post-fight shows.

"I got lucky that one time -- and they gave me a call -- Rogan couldn't go to Brazil and they said, 'we are interested to see how you do in color commentary' and no hesitation, I took the shot and that really started all of this," Stann told MMAmania.com. "The big key, though, for me was I had been calling boxing for FUEL TV for about a year and a half and I was doing Golden Boy Boxing. No one was watching because it was on at like two in the morning, but I got really good reps doing that. It helped me. Then when I got that first shot I actually knew a lot of what I was doing."

Perhaps in a few months he could be filling in for Rogan once again, but on a permanent basis.

That's because the longtime UFC commentator made some headlines last week when he revealed his contract with ZUFFA would be up this coming August, and that he might not return to the job he has held for almost two decades.

"My contract is up in August. I might leave in August. It's possible," Rogan said. "I like doing shit that scares me. I like taking chances and I like walking away from things. I'm not a big fan of doing the same shit over and over again. I love it, it's not that I don't love it. I just like doing a lot of other shit, too."

With the growth of the promotion and high amount of fight cards, UFC has expanded its broadcasting roster over the last few years by adding Stann, Jon Anik, and Kenny Florian into the mix for FOX Sports 1 cards and fill-in spots for Rogan or Mike Goldberg, when they can't be at a pay-per-view (PPV) event. Dan Hardy and John Gooden were also brought on to call the action on the "Fight Pass" cards that take place overseas, as well.

Stann, 35, who will be calling the action alongside Jon Anik for Friday night's (Dec. 11, 2015) The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22 Finale on FOX Sports 1, has done an outstanding job so far with his commentary and work as a fight analyst, and has earned high praise among fight fans and media.

Could he be the guy who replaces Rogan, should the veteran broadcaster step down?

Stann says he would embrace the role if given the opportunity, but he is of the opinion it would be a shared spot and besides that, he doesn't think Rogan is going anywhere.

"I'd love to be the guy," Stann told MMAmania.com. "If I had to guess, I would guess that they would use a rotation. Knowing what I know they'd probably rotate a bunch of us in there. I think they just like variety. They don't necessarily do that with Joe because he is Joe Rogan, but I think Joe is full of it. I think he's absolutely full of it. He's not going anywhere and the minute he made that statement, all of his maniacal fans hit him up on Twitter, showering him with love and tweeting for him not to go anywhere and it reinvigorated him for several more years. I would sincerely doubt he walks away. If anything, I think maybe he shaves off a few cards a year and throws a couple of pay-per-views mine and Kenny's way just so he doesn't have to travel as much. But I don't think he is going anywhere. I think his fans and the people love him so much. He does such a good job and it will rejuvenate him and he will back for more."

Regardless if Rogan steps down in that role and the former WEC light heavyweight champion and U.S. Marine Corps Captain ends up in that revered spot, he is relishing his new career as a color commentator. "Everything is going well," he said, before thinking back to a time before he even began fighting.

"I think to the days when I was first in the Naval academy as a young Marine Corp officer. Never in a million years did I think I'd be doing this," said Stann. "Even then, I remember thinking to myself watching WEC fights when my weight class went over to the UFC. I wonder if they will ever ask me to be a part of any of this if I start doing, maybe, a local promotion like 'Wild Bill's Fight Night' here in Georgia."

In addition to his work for UFC, and Golden Boy Boxing on FUEL TV, Stann also called a season of NCAA college football games for the ACC conference as well. He loves what he does and enjoys all the work and preparation that goes into honing his craft and staying on top of his game. He was known as a hard worker during his time as a fighter and his five years of service as a U.S. Marine has clearly instilled an attention to detail and work ethic, which continues to shine every time he is calling the action in the Octagon on fight night.

"I tell you, for me it's awesome. I've worked with a lot of guys with color and play-by-play in a lot of sports. It's like anything: if you really love the process, then you love the job. And I love the process. I like preparation. I like studying. I like these men and women. I like talking to the coaches. For me, it's a lot of fun. It keeps me around the sport. It keeps you around these young fighters and rejuvenates you."