On Thursday, Stephan Bonnar, a UFC legend whose rivalry with Forrest Griffin helped launch UFC into the mainstream, passed away at the age of 45. (December 22, 2022). However, the cause of Stephan Bonnar’s death remains unknown.
Dana White, president of the UFC, stated: “Among the many notable combatants to have graced the Octagon, Stephan Bonnar stands out. His match with Forrest Griffin altered the course of sports history. People could see themselves in him and his performances were usually top notch because of this. We mourn his passing.”
Stephan Bonnar Cause of Death
Reports suggested that he died of heart complications while at work.
Stephan Bonnar Bio
While his parents settled in Hammond, Bonnar spent his formative years in Munster. He got his high school education in Munster. He started training in martial arts at a young age and by the age of 16 had already achieved the rank of black belt in Tae kwon do. As a result of his hard work and dedication, Carlson Gracie awarded Bonnar with the rank of purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
In the beginning of his career, he primarily competed in the UFC as a Light Heavyweight. The bout he lost to Forrest Griffin in, “The Ultimate Fighter,” is widely regarded as the organization’s defining moment. Despite losing by unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin, UFC offered him and Bonnar a six-figure deal. UFC inducted Forrest Griffin and Bonnar into the UFC Hall of Fame on July 6, 2013, after Griffin’s retirement.
By the end of his career, Bonnar had a 15-9 record (W-L). On November 15, 2014, his final fight was a split decision loss to Tito Ortiz. Again, Bonnar decided to retire.
After retiring from mixed martial arts, he began featuring professional wrestling, primarily in Impact Wrestling, and providing colour commentary for WEC. For ESPN and Fox Sports, he analysed mixed martial arts. North Star Combat also named him president.
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