MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 8/21: Brian Stann moving on from UFC commentary role, Anthony Joshua open to MMA fight, Polaris 5 results


Brian Stann (photo credit Tom Szczerbowski © USA Today Sports)

Brian Stann leaves the UFC

Perhaps nobody is a better representative for the sport of MMA than Brian Stann. He is a decorated war veteran, a successful UFC vet, and perhaps the only man in all of MMA that could have a shot in politics. It should come as no surprise that Stann has found bigger and better things to move onto and will no longer be working with the UFC. Stann announced that he has taken a job with a real estate company and will be returning to school to earn his MBA.

Analysis: Stann has been nothing but good for the UFC since he came into the fold and he will be missed.

Anthony Joshua open to MMA fight

Anthony Joshua just might be the king of boxing, but it seems as though that isn’t enough for him. In an interview with BBC Sports, Joshua stated that he would be interested in taking an MMA fight, though with a few rule variations. He stated that the fight could not include submissions, but elbows, kicks, and punches would be fine.

Analysis: It sounds like what he is actually interested in is a Muay Thai fight, but perhaps he just doesn’t really know the difference. If he were to move over to MMA it would surely be a spectacle, and he could probably negotiate his way into a title fight, if it could draw money, but he doesn’t seem overly confident in his chances so I doubt we see it happen. He is in the prime of his boxing career, so I doubt we see him do anything besides box, but maybe down the road if he stays interested, and puts in some work, we could see him take an MMA fight.

Fight Announcement

Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredon has been announced for UFC Fight Night 119

Polaris 5 results notable match results


Gary Tonon def. Dillon Danis via unanimous decision

Jake Shields def. Daniel Strauss via unanimous decision

Phil Harris def. Brad Pickett via split decision

Vitor Shaolin def. Caol Uno via rear naked choke

AJ Agazarm def. Lloyd Cooper via collar choke

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