Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Even without all of his MMA accomplishments, UFC middleweight Brian Stann would still be an inspiration to fans for his heroism as a Marine, having served in Iraq.
In 2006, President George W. Bush awarded Stann with a Silver Star for his courageous actions during Operation Matador. For six days, the then Lieutenant Stann kept all 42 members of his platoon alive while taking heavy fire from ambushing insurgents.
Leaving active duty in 2008, Stann continues to support his military brothers and sisters through many various charities including helping veterans find jobs through Hire Heroes USA.
The former WEC champ is also one of the classiest guys in the sport and never trash talks or disparages his opponents.
Stann is truly an American hero and is the humblest role model in MMA today.
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