Fan favorite UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar was, if not actually retired, at least on the verge of being retired when he got the call to step up against iconic middleweight champion Anderson Silva to save the main event of UFC 153 a few weeks ago. With that fight behind him, Bonnar will now be calling it a career.
UFC president Dana White broke the news that Bonnar would be retiring during a fan chat sponsored by Metro PCS. Although Bonnar was knocked out by Silva in the first round of their fight, that result did virtually nothing to tarnish his legacy as a tough, likeable everyman willing to take on any opponent with whom the UFC matched him up. He will always be remembered for his unforgettable war with Forrest Griffin on the finale of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. That incredible, back-and-forth battle left both men exhausted and bloodied, and attracted thousands of new fans to the UFC – setting it firmly on a course for mainstream popularity.
“The American Psycho” retires with a record of 15 wins and 8 losses; inside the UFC, his record contains 8 wins and 7 losses. Although he was never considered one of the truly elite fighters in the light heavyweight division in terms of his skill set, that seemed to make little difference to his fans or to his reputation. When seemingly more talented and high-level fighters would hesitate, Bonnar had the guts to take on anyone and fight his heart out. And for that, he will always be loved and remembered.