Veterans Day is a time for us to honor those who have served the United States of America. For one day, we all stop and acknowledge the sacrifices these men and women have made for our freedom. The intense nature of the military, as well as the condition required to be fit to serve, has formed some of the toughest humans on this planet. Thankfully, we have been able to witness some of these veterans come into the UFC. These are the top three UFC fighters who have served in the military.
Brian Stann is one of the bravest men on the planet. In 2005, Lieutenant Stann was the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon Commander. His unit was commanded to capture a bridge in Iraq. Much to their surprise, the enemy had planned an ambush on the Platoon. Over the course of six days and three attacks, Brian Stann had pushed back the enemy. He used close air support, as well as lead direct fire from tanks, to fight off the enemy. All 42 Marines in Stann’s Platoon made it out alive. The following March, Stann was awarded the Silver Star, which is the third-highest award for valor in combat.
Brian Stann made his UFC debut in 2008. Over the course of his career, he fought the likes of Phil Davis, Chris Leben, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, and Wanderlei Silva. He retired from the sport in 2013 with a professional record of 14-6. He went onto become a commentator for the UFC until 2017 when he decided to go into real-estate.
One of the toughest Welterweights in the UFC, Magny spent 7 years in the Army. Neil Magny served as a light-wheeled mechanic, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He often states that his service in the Military is what made him who he is today.
Neil Magny is currently ranked number 9 in the Welterweight division. He is a longtime UFC vet and has fought the best at 170. Magny is known for fighting “anyone anywhere”. In 2014, Magny tied the record with the most wins in a calendar year with 5. Magny is coming off of the biggest win of his career and is looking to climb the ranks in his next fight.
Tim Kennedy is a real-life John Wick. He served as an army ranger starting in 2007. Over the course of his service, Kennedy spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan as a sniper. In 2009, Tim Kennedy switched into the Texas Army National Guard, as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant. Kennedy won multiple awards for his service in the military, most famously the Bronze Star, which is awarded for valor under fire.
Tim Kennedy was a long-time fighter in the UFC as well. He fought the best of the best in the middleweight division. Notable fighters he faced include, Robbie Lawler, Roger Gracie, Michael Bisping, and Yoel Romero. Tim Kennedy was ranked number 8 in the world at the height of his career.
One of the greatest to ever walk the octagon, Randy Couture served in the army as an air traffic controller. From 1982 to 1988, he directed the movement of helicopters and planes to prevent a collision. He eventually made his way to the rank of Staff Sergeant and began to wrestle throughout his remaining years in the army.
It is impossible to know where to start when describing Randy Couture in the UFC. He was, other than Bj Penn, the only other person to hold two different belts, until McGregor in 2016. Randy faced the who’s who of the UFC and was a fan favorite. He is often credited with saving the Heavyweight division after he won his belt at the age of 43. Couture still holds the record for the oldest fighter to ever become a champion in the UFC. Randy Couture left a legacy that goes unmatched in the organization. He, and all the others on this list, are some of the strongest men on the planet. They are all true American patriots.