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And Now He’s Retired: Stephan Bonnar, UFC Savior, Retires From MMA

(Godspeed, you strange, beautiful warrior. / Photo via Heavy)

His gritty decision loss to Forrest Griffin at the first TUF Finale helped turn the UFC’s fortunes around, and his most recent fight against Anderson Silva saved UFC 153 from possible extinction. The American Psycho shed his blood for the good of the sport, and now he’s gone.

It was confirmed yesterday that Stephan Bonnar will be retiring from MMA following an 11-year career, including a 15-fight stretch in the UFC where he went 8-7. It’s likely that he’ll be remembered more for his defeats than his victories — besides the aforementioned losses to Griffin and Silva, Bonnar also has the dubious honor of being an early victim of Lyoto Machida, a member of Jon Jones’s spinning-back-elbow highlight reel, and the last person to be defeated by Mark Coleman (ouch).

Still, it was a joy to watch him compete, and when he won, it was a triumph. I know it sounds cliched and pandering to talk about “heart,” “warrior spirit,” and “never-say-die attitude” when you’re discussing a fighter who was never able to come near a title belt, but in Bonnar’s case, those terms genuinely apply. He was one of the good guys, and his generosity with fans even extended to two-bit MMA blogs like ours. would like to wish Stephan Bonnar the best of luck on his future endeavors, and thank him for the years of entertainment he’s given us in the UFC. Please share your favorite Stephan Bonnar moment in the comments section, and check out the full video of Bonnar vs. Griffin 1 after the jump.

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mma4ever- November 3, 2012 at 8:04 am
What a fucking loser
mma4ever- November 1, 2012 at 10:42 am
The ufc should have him knighted u sir bonnar u did ur duty no questions complaints ...keep kicking ass ur grit will be missed
Buster Hyman- October 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm
Goodnight sweet prince
godspeed- October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am
I have the feeling stephen will end up in prison after killing a man in a bar fight. Then when he is released will end up on a plane hijacked by cons and save the day.
El Guapo- October 31, 2012 at 11:39 am
"Fight Anderson Silva? Not unless you pay me ONE HUNDRED... BILLION... DOLLARS! Mwahahahah" - John Jones/Dr. Evil
El Guapo- October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am
"Vaya con dios, brah." -Johnny Utah
El Guapo- October 31, 2012 at 11:31 am
"Him's an original deathfighter, nawmsayin?" -James Mumbles Toney
teep- October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am
Now this is a true champion, even if he didn't win a belt. He would fight 5 rounds even if he knew he was going to lose. Have fun in your fighting retirement, Stephan!
Phattousai- October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am
Please don't make me cry at work, CP :P
RwilsonR- October 31, 2012 at 8:18 am
Also, this guy was truly fearless. And one of the few fighters who think they're funny, and actually are (Mayhem, take notes). I always thought he won Griffin / Bonnar 1. Just a great person to have had in the sport.
RwilsonR- October 31, 2012 at 8:14 am
Most people would have gone by "Steven" or "Stephen"... maybe eventually shortened it to Steve. Not him though. He took that hard "eff" sound in his name and owned it. Like Steffie Graf, but tough. Probably helped toughen him up as a kid. Don't know where I'm going with this, but just always thought that was strange. Kind of like Stephan Bonnar was strange. But in a good way.
Fried Taco- October 31, 2012 at 7:40 am
One fighter I can truly describe as Fearless! We will miss you in the cage Mr. Bonnar!!
godspeed- October 31, 2012 at 7:33 am
Very nice with the pink floyd tribute
Vera- October 31, 2012 at 7:29 am
All I see these days when i look at pictures of Bonner showing off his newly acquired muscles is Lance Armstrong showing off his bicycle !!
Kimbo Lesnar- October 31, 2012 at 7:28 am
Out of ALL the UFC roster, Stephan Bonnar's name sounds the most like 'Boner'. Legacy!
algiersheadkick504- October 31, 2012 at 7:18 am
he is just retiring to duck koscheck :p
ReX13- October 31, 2012 at 7:11 am
Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom, blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter, come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!


Here's to you, Mr Psycho, in hopes that retirement brings you all that you deserve.

Love and brohugs,

Stak40- October 31, 2012 at 7:28 am
Nigga you gay!
ReX13- October 31, 2012 at 7:48 am
Clyde- October 31, 2012 at 6:46 am
That Gif will never get old.