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Stephan Patrick Bonnar (born April 4, 1977) is an American mixed martial arts fighter who currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC). He is best known for being the runner up on season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV, a reality show which showcases mixed martial arts. Bonnar currently trains at the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Template:Seealso Due to his strong performance in the light-heavyweight finals, where he lost against Griffin by unanimous decision (29–28), Bonnar was awarded a contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Bonnar trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the legendary Carlson Gracie, 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. However, he is also a former Chicago Golden Gloves boxer and has trained in Muay Thai during several trips to Thailand. He is also the Ironheart Crown Light Heavyweight champion and Total Fight Challenge Light Heavyweight champion 2002-04. [citation needed]

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.

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

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.[1] 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. Both Bonnar and Soszynski are open to an instant rematch.[2]

OtherEdit

Steroids controversyEdit

Bonnar tested positive for an anabolic steroid after his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 62 on August 26, 2006. The specific banned substance that was found in Bonnar's post-fight urine sample after his unanimous decision loss to Griffin was Boldenone Metabolite, an anabolic steroid developed strictly for veterinary use on horses, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission's drug testing results. During an interview, he claimed the steroids were used to treat an injured elbow, and he believed the substance would be out of his system before his rematch with Forrest Griffin. Bonnar was subsequently issued a 9-month suspension on his fighter's license and was fined $5,000 by the NSAC.[3]

CommentatingEdit

Bonnar filled in for Frank Mir as color commentator at WEC 47, due to training commitments for Mir.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Stephan and his longtime girlfriend Andrea Brown were married on October 30, 2009 in Tuscany, Italy.[5]

MMA recordEdit

Template:Start box |- | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Record | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Date | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Result | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Opponent | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Event | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Method | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Round, Time | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Location | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Notes |- |11–7 |2010-02-21 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |Poland flag Krzysztof Soszynski |UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez |TKO (Cut) |Round 3, 1:04 |Australia flag Sydney, Australia |Bonnar's cut was a result of an inadvertent headbutt. |- |11–6 |2009-07-11 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Mark Coleman |UFC 100 |Decision (Unanimous) |Round 3, 5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US | |- |11–5 |2009-01-31 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Jon Jones |UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 |Decision (Unanimous) |Round 3, 5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US |- |11–4 |2007-10-20 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Eric Schafer |UFC 77: Hostile Territory |TKO (Strikes) |Round 2, 2:47 |United States flag Cincinnati, Ohio, US | |- |10–4 |2007-07-07 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Mike Nickels |UFC 73: Stacked |Submission (Rear Naked Choke) |Round 1, 2:14 |United States flag Sacramento, California, US | |- |9–4 |2006-08-26 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Forrest Griffin |UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral |Decision (Unanimous) |Round 3, 5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US |Bonnar tested positive for boldenone after the fight |- |9–3 |2006-06-28 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Rashad Evans |UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 |Decision (Majority) |Round 3, 5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US | |- |9–2 |2006-04-06 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Keith Jardine |UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 |Decision (Unanimous) |Round 3, 5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, [US | |- |8–2 |2006-01-16 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag James Irvin |UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 |Submission (kimura) |Round 1, 4:30 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US | |- |7–2 |2005-08-06 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Sam Hoger |UFC Ultimate Fight Night |Decision (Unanimous) |Round 3, 5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US | |- |6–2 |2005-04-09 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Forrest Griffin |The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale |Decision (Unanimous) |Round 3, 5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US | |- |6–1 |2004-06-05 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Sean Sallee |IHC 7-The Crucible |Submission (Triangle Choke) |Round 1, 2:28 |United States flag Hammond, Indiana, US | |- |5–1 |2004-04-24 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag William Hill |Total Fight Challenge 1 |TKO (Punches) |Round 1, N/A |United States flag Hammond, Indiana, US | |- |4–1 |2003-11-22 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Brad Lynde |IHC 6: Inferno |Submission (Rear Naked Choke) |Round 1, 4:10 |United States flag Hammond, Indiana, US | |- |3–1 |2003-09-13 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |Brazil flag Lyoto Machida |Jungle Fight 1 |TKO (Cut) |Round 1, 4:21 |Brazil flag Manaus, Brazil | |- |3–0 |2002-01-27 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Jay Massey |UA 1: The Genesis |Submission (Guillotine Choke) |Round 1, 1:09 |United States flag Hammond, Indiana, US | |- |2–0 |2001-11-10 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Josh Kruger |IHC 3: Exodus |Submission (Armbar) |Round 1, 2:55 |United States flag Hammond, Indiana, US | |- |1–0 |2001-11-10 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Brian Ebersole |IHC 3: Exodus |Submission (Guillotine Choke) |Round 1, 0:51 |United States flag Hammond, Indiana, US | Template:End box

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:The Ultimate Fighter 1it:Stephan Bonnar ja:ステファン・ボナー no:Stephan Bonnar

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