Heart for the Fight: A Marine Hero's Journey from the Battlefields of Iraq to Mixed Martial Arts Champion

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Heart for the Fight is the story of Brian Stann, a kid from the wrong side of Scranton who made it to the Naval Academy, played linebacker for the Navy football team, became a Marine officer, graduated first in his infantry officer class, led his men in two intense combat tours in the Anbar Province of Iraq, received the Silver Star for gallantry, and now has emerged as one of the most interesting figures on the mixed martial arts (MMA) professional circuit. A former light-heavyweight champion in the WEC (World ...

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Overview

Heart for the Fight is the story of Brian Stann, a kid from the wrong side of Scranton who made it to the Naval Academy, played linebacker for the Navy football team, became a Marine officer, graduated first in his infantry officer class, led his men in two intense combat tours in the Anbar Province of Iraq, received the Silver Star for gallantry, and now has emerged as one of the most interesting figures on the mixed martial arts (MMA) professional circuit. A former light-heavyweight champion in the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting), he now fights in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the "big leagues" of mixed martial arts.

Hire Heroes USA is the link to career opportunities nationwide for returning servicemen and women-our heroes-to ensure they have the opportunity to enjoy the freedoms they fought to preserve.

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“Respect is a quality that is earned over time. Respect is given those who put others in front of themselves, to people who do tasks that others would shy away from, and to those who work tirelessly in order to provide for themselves and their family. After reading his book, Heart for the Fight, the only word that will come to your mind about Brian Stann is respect. This is an autobiography about a man who has been through and seen so much more than the average American citizen…When you finish reading this book, it becomes evident that ‘All-American’ is not just his MMA nickname, it's exactly what he is.” - Bleacher Report, September 7, 2010

Fight Magazine

Brian Stann knows a thing or two about fighting—he’s been doing it the last 29 years. From fighting off gangs as a kid to serving as a Marine Officer in the Middle East to stepping into the Octagon, Stann has chewed some steel. His new book, Heart for the Fight, documents his trials and tribulations.

Reason to Read: Stann is a badass. There’s just no other way to describe him. If he never wins another fight in the Octagon, he’ll still be a badass. The man led his troops through two intense combat tours and received a Silver Star for gallantry. Now, he fights for the UFC and works as Executive Director of HireHeroes USA, a link to job opportunities for servicemen and women.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760338995
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/6/2010
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 731,256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Stann served two tours in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom III and IV. As a Marine platoon leader during Operation Matador, he received the Silver Star for valor after his unit encountered vastly superior enemy forces. Brian is a 2003 Annapolis graduate and was starting linebacker on the Naval Academy football team. A former light-heavyweight champion in the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting), he now fights in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the "big leagues" of mixed martial arts. He is also president of Hired Heroes, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that finds employment for America’s veterans.

John R. Bruning has been a professional military historian and writer since 1990. He is the author of Crimson Sky: The Air Battle for Korea, Jungle Ace, Elusive Glory, Ship Strike Pacific, Luck of the Draw, and The Devil’s Sandbox: With the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry at War in Iraq. He served as an embedded civilian historian with the 2/162 during Operation Southern Comfort, the post–Hurricane Katrina relief operation in New Orleans. Bruning also has numerous articles, documentaries, multimedia CD-ROM programs, flight simulators, and museum displays to his credit. He lives in Independence, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I Confidence

1 The Man in the Arena 15

2 Rematch 25

3 Reality Check 31

Part II Resolve

4 I-Day 37

5 Plebe Summer 45

6 No Effort without Error 57

7 Great Devotions 67

8 Seventy to Seven 73

9 Stumbles 83

10 The Leadership Factory 89

11 Errors and Shortcomings 103

Part 111 The Wild West

12 360-Degree Firefight 111

13 Hard Road South 125

14 Midnight Run 131

15 Slow Motion Nightmare 139

16 A Night of Heroes 151

17 Siege at Ramana Bridge 161

Part IV Reinvention

18 The Fifth Stage 179

19 Invitation to Albuquerque 195

20 The Scarlet Letter 209

21 One Mind: Any Weapon 221

22 Benchwarmer's Guilt 231

23 The Birthplace of Character 243

24 Rumble in the Rose Garden 253

25 Triple Six 259

26 Title Shot 265

27 Warrior to Warrior 275

Part V Redefinition

28 Gut Check 283

29 The Passing of an Era 295

Acknowledgments 308

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Very Good!

    Very good book that covers Brian's life: In his early years growing up, at the USNA, playing football at the USNA, as an officer in the USMC, as a UFC fighter, and dealing with friends, death and setbacks along the way.

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  • Posted November 16, 2011

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    Excellent Read

    I loved this book. It was well written and very entertaining to read. The honor Brian Stann stands for rings true with every chapter. A true patriot and clearly a heck of a Marine. Its a must read!!

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Incredible!!!

    As a Marine and fight fan, I bought this book with high hopes. What I wasnt expecting was a gripping story of a man who is a true Hero and a role model to all. I cried, laughed, and sympathized with this remarkable man and his mission to not let the memories of his fallen Marines be forgotten. Semper Fi Brother!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

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    Once I started reading, I couldn't stop!!

    This book is a must read if you are a fight fan or you like military action. Brain Stann certainly has a heart for the fight and I have followed his MMA career since early on. After reading this book I can truly say how much I admire his heart and his service to his country. He fights for his lost Marines and carries them into the cage with him in an effort to ward off his own personal wartime demons and to have their memory never be forgotten. His actions under fire on the battlefield are inspiring and put into perspective how a fight in UFC pales in comparison. I loved the book. Thank you Brian Stann

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