UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar suffered a broken toe in training recently, but remains on track to face Tito Ortiz next month at Bellator 131.
Bonnar, who signed with Bellator earlier this year, told Submission Radio of the injury during a recent interview.
“I broke my toe a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t missed a work out. It just hurts,” Bonnar said. “Tape it up and push through it and that’s how it’s always been. It’s really no problem.
“I made it through the worst. Really, after you break the bone – whether it’s a little foot bone, a hand, or toe – those first few weeks after you break it, those are the worst. But after those two weeks it just keeps getting better, and what’s it’s been? About three, three-and-a-half (weeks) probably. I made it from the worst and it’s only getting better from here.”
Bonnar (15-8) announced his MMA retirement after a 2012 loss to Anderson Silva, heading cage-side to do work as a commentator for promotions like Titan FC. However, the itch to fight returned, as did the chance to finally settle things with Ortiz.
During his UFC run, “The American Psyco” fought the likes of Silva, Mark Coleman, Jon Jones, Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans. Bonnar still has a relationship with UFC president Dana White, stating he made sure it was fine to sign with Bellator to face Ortiz before doing so.
“I said ‘let me check with Dana first”‘ and he was all for it, like ‘man, hope you beat the shit out of him and make a lot of money’ and it was like alright cool. He’s cool with it,” he said. “Like it’s a fight with Tito, it’s against a big name, it’s on free TV, main event, plus it’s a guy I truly never cared for and have nothing but utter distain for and I could go and let the world know what I feel about him, what I think of him and then go in there and put on a show. Just make it a crazy fight, and that’s my game plan. Just go in there and throw caution to the wind and put on a barn burner and get the fans cheering. That’s really it. No pressure.”