Though the news may not come as a surprise to fans it will almost certainly leave them disappointed all the same, as UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar has decided to retire. The affable, always-entertaining Bonnar had hinted at hanging his gloves up months ago before receiving an opportunity to face Anderson Silva at UFC 153.
Now, with the recent loss behind him, Bonnar is moving on from Mixed Martial Arts to focus on life outside of the Octagon.
“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,” exclaimed Bonnar in a Facebook post confirming his decision.
Bonnar exits the sport as one of its most beloved competitors even if he wasn’t overwhelmingly successful in his scraps. “The American Psycho” racked up a 15-8 record during his eleven-year run in the ring including wins over the likes of Igor Pokrajac, Krzysztof Soszynski, and Keith Jardine. However, he will probably best be remembered for his performance against Forrest Griffin at the Ultimate Fighter Finale in 2005. The fight has been labeled as the most important in UFC history, capturing the public’s interest based on the heart/technique displayed and ultimately starting the company’s ascension to the billion dollar business it is today.
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