Stephan Bonnar

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Stephan Bonnar
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Born (1977-04-04) April 4, 1977 (age 37)
Hammond, Indiana
Other names The American Psycho
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Team Roufusport
Teacher(s) Carlson Gracie
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
     Black belt in Taekwondo
Years active 2001-2012
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 15
By knockout 3
By submission 7
By decision 5
Losses 8
By knockout 3
By decision 5
University Purdue University
Website http://www.stephanbonnar.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Stephan Patrick Bonnar (born April 4, 1977) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist and a UFC Hall of Famer who competed as a Light Heavyweight for the UFC. Bonnar was the runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter 1. His TUF Ultimate Finale loss to Forrest Griffin is considered to be one of the most important fights in the history of the UFC.[1]

Background[edit]

Bonnar was born in Hammond, Indiana and raised in Munster, Indiana, attending Munster High School.[2] Bonnar has a very extensive background in combat sports, beginning wrestling when he was 10 years old, Tae Kwon Do at age 12, jiu-jitsu at age 20, and then added boxing and Muay Thai when he was 24 years old. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 16 and was a two-time Golden Gloves Champion in the Super Heavyweight division. He attended and graduated from Purdue University in 2000, earning a degree in Sports Medicine. He claimed that he hated his classmates during high school and college because they usually called him Stephan "Boner" which motivated him to work harder.[3]

Early career[edit]

Bonnar began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu with the legendary Carlson Gracie during the summer of 1999, under whom he received his purple belt before Carlson's passing. This experience has led to most of his bouts ending by way of submission. Stephan now trains BJJ in Las Vegas under Master Sergio Pehna. However, he also has trained in Muay Thai during several trips to Thailand. Since the beginning of 2010 Bonnar has been training Muay Thai in Las Vegas under Master One Kick Nick Blomgren at One Kick's Gym. Bonnar won the Ironheart Crown Light Heavyweight Champion and former Total Fight Challenge Light Heavyweight Champion.[citation needed]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Due to his strong performance in the Light Heavyweight finals, where he lost a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin in a back and forth fight, Bonnar was awarded a six figure UFC contract along with Griffin.

Bonnar in 2007.

After his loss to Griffin, Bonnar became the staple of the regular UFC Ultimate Fight Night shows at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, defeating such notables as Sam Hoger, James Irvin and Keith Jardine before succumbing to Rashad Evans by way of majority decision. More recently, Bonnar lost a unanimous decision against Forrest Griffin in the long-anticipated rematch at UFC 62. After UFC 62, Bonnar tested positive for the banned substance Boldenone, a type of anabolic steroid. The commission issued a nine-month suspension on Bonnar's fighter's license and fined him $5,000.[4]

Bonnar was forced to withdraw from his fight against Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night 13 due to a serious knee injury he suffered during training. He returned to action at UFC 94 against Jon Jones, which resulted in a loss via decision. In his next fight at UFC 100 Bonnar lost a unanimous decision to Mark Coleman.

Bonnar mentioned on the MMA Live Post Fight Show for UFC 101 that he was considering a drop down to Middleweight after two disappointing losses at Light Heavyweight. Despite this, Bonnar next faced Krzysztof Soszynski on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.[5] Soszynski was victorious at 1:04 in the third round, due to TKO (Cut). The fight however, was overshadowed by video replays that showed that the cut was opened up by a clash of heads. Bonnar appealed the decision and it was announced on March 10 that he had lost the appeal and the result would stand as a TKO win for Soszynski.[6]

At UFC 116, Bonnar won the rematch with a second round TKO against Soszynski after catching him with a knee. The win broke Bonnar's three fight losing streak, bringing his UFC record to 6-6. The fight earned Bonnar and Soszynski Fight of the Night honors alongside Yoshihiro Akiyama and Chris Leben's fight.

Bonnar fought Igor Pokrajac on December 4, 2010 at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.[7] He won the bout via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26).

Bonnar was expected to face Karlos Vemola on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[8] However, Bonnar was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury and was replaced by Ronny Markes.[9]

Bonnar faced Kyle Kingsbury on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[10] Bonnar defeated Kingsbury by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27).

Bonnar has recently been campaigning for a spot as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter against Forrest Griffin, going as far to state that he would, "Not go for any takedowns, not block any punches, and always move forward."

With the UFC needing to replace the main event at UFC 153, they turned to Bonnar and Anderson Silva to fill the spot left empty by injuries. The two UFC vets squared off in a Light Heavyweight match October 13, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Silva won the fight via TKO. Bonnar tested positive for anabolic steroids after the fight (Drostanolone).[11]

After his loss to Silva it was announced on October 30, 2012 by UFC president Dana White that Bonnar has retired from MMA competition.[12]

UFC Hall of Fame[edit]

Shortly after the announcement of Forrest Griffin's retirement, Dana White announced that Bonnar and Griffin would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Bonnar and Griffin were officially inducted on July 6, 2013.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Stephan and his longtime girlfriend were married on October 30, 2009 in Tuscany, Italy.[14] The couple have one son, Griffin Brandon.

Bonnar is a fan of the rock band The Who and used their song "Eminence Front" as his entrance music to his UFC fights.

Outside of competition, Bonnar has done commentary work for televised MMA programming, notably serving as the WEC's color commentator for most of 2010, calling 5 of their final 7 cards. He has also made appearances as an analyst on the ESPN2 series MMA Live and for UFC broadcasts on the Fox television networks.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–8 Anderson Silva TKO (knee to the body & punches) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 1 4:40 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Post-fight announced MMA retirement. Bonnar tested positive for Drostanolone.
Win 15–7 Kyle Kingsbury Decision (unanimous) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 14–7 Igor Pokrajac Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale December 4, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–7 Krzysztof Soszynski TKO (punches) UFC 116 July 3, 2010 2 3:08 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 12–7 Krzysztof Soszynski TKO (cut) UFC 110 February 21, 2010 3 1:04 Sydney, Australia Bonnar's cut was a result of an inadvertent headbutt.
Loss 12–6 Mark Coleman Decision (unanimous) UFC 100 July 11, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–5 Jon Jones Decision (unanimous) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4 Eric Schafer TKO (punches) UFC 77 October 25, 2007 2 2:47 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 11–4 Mike Nickels Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 73 July 7, 2007 1 2:14 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 10–4 Forrest Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC 62 August 26, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Bonnar tested positive for boldenone after the fight.
Loss 10–3 Rashad Evans Decision (majority) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 June 28, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Keith Jardine Decision (unanimous) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 April 6, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2 James Irvin Submission (kimura) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 January 16, 2006 1 4:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Sam Hoger Decision (unanimous) UFC Ultimate Fight Night August 6, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 7–2 Forrest Griffin Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale April 9, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Year (2005).
Win 7–1 Sean Sallee Submission (triangle choke) IHC 7-The Crucible June 5, 2004 1 2:28 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 6–1 William Hill TKO (punches) Total Fight Challenge 1 April 24, 2004 1 N/A Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 5–1 Brad Lynde Submission (rear-naked choke) IHC 6: Inferno November 22, 2003 1 4:10 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Loss 4–1 Lyoto Machida TKO (cut) Jungle Fight 1 September 13, 2003 1 4:21 Manaus, Brazil
Win 4–0 Terry Martin Decision (unanimous) Maximum Fighting Challenge September 7, 2002 1 10:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 3–0 Jay Massey Submission (guillotine choke) UA 1: The Genesis January 27, 2002 1 1:09 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 2–0 Josh Kruger Submission (armbar) IHC 3: Exodus November 10, 2001 1 2:55 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Brian Ebersole Submission (guillotine choke) IHC 3: Exodus November 10, 2001 1 0:51 Hammond, Indiana, United States

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