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Stephan Bonnar hanging up his gloves for good

Light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar has never been the fastest, strongest, or most technically proficient fighter on the UFC’s roster but he has unquestionably been one of the most entertaining in the company’s history. Bonnar’s battles in the Octagon are legendary, including his culture-changing clash with Forrest Griffin at the Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale, while his charisma constantly comes through outside of the cage.

Unfortunately, it looks like the 35-year old Bonnar has entertained fans for the last time after a ten-year run in the ring.

UFC President Dana White was asked about the fan-favorite’s future in an online chat yesterday, replying, “Bonnar will be retiring now.”

Bonnar confirmed the matter earlier today on his Facebook page, writing, “Huge thanks to every UFC fan out there! All I ever wanted was to bring ya’ll some fun…hope u were entertained. Peace, love, & violence!”

Though disappointing, the decision is certainly not a major surprise, as Bonnar hinted at the possibility leading up to his October outing against Anderson Silva, stating he was essentially retired already when he received the call to fight.

Assuming he is indeed walking away from MMA on a permanent basis, Bonnar leaves the sport with a 15-8 record including ten stoppages and notable wins over Krzysztof Soszynski and Keith Jardine.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah no surprise here. He talked about not wanting to be a stepping stone for the next wave of fighters, and he’s just not good enough to warrant matchups against the top guys, so it didn’t leave much room for Bonnar to keep fighting.

    Dude had a good run, and was rewarded with the blockbuster fight against Silva on his way out. Which, given the circumstances, was a fun  fight for the fans that didn’t cheapen any championship belts in the process. It provided Bonnar one final chance to get in the cage to compete, he earned a nice paycheck, and that final time in the limelight on such a big stage further boosts his relevancy as he transitions to a post-fighting career behind the mic. Good all around.

    Now Forrest on the other hand…things haven’t been winding down on his career nearly as gracefully. After he loses to Phil Davis, what next?

  • MCM says:

    Years ago, Dana said the Bonnar and Forrest would always have a place in the UFC. I hope he meant it and can convince Fox that Bonnar is one of the guys you really want behind the mic. Or better yet, give him a Forrest a show of FUEL where they sit around that Diner booth and analyze upcoming fights.


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