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Stephan Bonnar

Stephan Patrick "The American Psycho" Bonnar (born April 4, 1977 in Hammond, Indiana) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He is best known for his appearance 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.

MMA career

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 (see Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar).

Stephan 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.

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.

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

Steroids controversy

Stephan 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.

MMA Record

align="center" colspan=8|11 Wins 4 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round, Time Notes
10/20/2007 Win Eric Schafer UFC 77: Hostile Territory TKO (Strikes) Round 2, 2:47
7/7/2007 Win Mike Nickels UFC 73: Stacked Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1, 2:14
8/26/2006 Loss Forrest Griffin UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00 Bonnar tested positive for boldenone after the fight
6/28/2006 Loss Rashad Evans UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 Decision (Majority) Round 3, 5:00
4/6/2006 Win Keith Jardine UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
1/16/2006 Win James Irvin UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 Submission (kimura) Round 1, 4:30
8/6/2005 Win Sam Hoger UFC Ultimate Fight Night Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
4/9/2005 Loss Forrest Griffin The Ultimate Fighter Finale Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
6/5/2004 Win Sean Sallee IC 7-The Crucible Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1, 2:28
4/24/2004 Win William Hill Total Fight Challenge 1 TKO Round 1
11/22/2003 Win Brad Lynde IC 6: Inferno Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1, 4:10
9/13/2003 Loss Lyoto Machida Jungle Fight 1 TKO (Cut) Round 1, 4:21
9/7/2002 Win Terry Martin MFC - Maximum Fighting Challenge Decision (Unanimous Decision) Round 1, 10:00
1/27/2002 Win Jay Massey UA 1: The Genesis Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1, 1:09
11/10/2001 Win Josh Kruger IC 3: Exodus Submission (Armbar) Round 1, 2:55
11/10/2001 Win Brian Ebersole IC 3: Exodus Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1, 0:51

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