Stephan Bonnar, UFC Hall of Famer, passed away Thursday, December 22 of assumed heart problems while at the office, according to the UFC.
” The UFC family members is distressed by the death of UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar. We send our sincerest acknowledgements to his friends and family,” the UFC introduced on Instagram.
” Stephan Bonnar was among one of the most essential competitors to ever before complete in the Octagon,” UFC Head of state Dana White claimed in a declaration. “His battle with Forrest Lion altered the sporting activity for life, and also he will certainly never ever be neglected. The followers liked him, associated with him and also he constantly provided his ideal. He will certainly be missed out on.”.
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Bonnar aided promoted UFC right into the mainstream when he starred in the initial period of The Ultimate Competitor in 2005. It was his round versus Forrest Lion that had actually followers glued to tv displays which is considered as among the most effective battles of perpetuity.
” I understood it was a great battle throughout the battle,” Bonnar claimed of his battle versus Lion. “It struck me when everybody began stomping their feet and also it seemed like the entire area was trembling. Which remained in the 2nd round. I resembled ‘oooh, this have to be excellent.'”
Bonnar hailed Indiana where he began battling at the age of 10. He would certainly after that tackle Tae Kwon Do at the age of 12 and also Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at the age of 22. At the age of 24, he began boxing.
Throughout his occupation in the UFC he took place to deal with various other mixed martial arts celebrities like Tito Ortiz, Anderson Silva, Rashad Evans, Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida and also Mark Coleman.