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RIP: Stephan Bonnar

Mixed Martial Arts lost one of its favorite sons, as Stephan Bonnar, died of heart issues at the tender age of 45.

From Hammond, Indiana, Bonnar became a permanent fixture on the MMA scene when he made the Ultimate Fighter 1 Finals, in a unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin.  Despite his loss, Bonnar was so impressive in defeat that Dana White signed him to a UFC contract.

Bonnar went on to have a good career, but was never a champion in the UFC, though he would have many high-prominent fights, including losses to Rashad Evans, Jon Jones, Mark Coleman and Anderson Silva.  He retired in 2014 with a record of 15-9.

At UFC 162, Bonnar’s first fight with Griffin was inducted into the Fight Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the fans, friends and family of Stephan Bonnar.

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