Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar, UFC Hall of Famer and one-half of the proclaimed “greatest fight of all time” has resurfaced in the sport signing with UFC competitor Bellator.
The 37 year old native of Hammond, Indiana has amassed a 15-8 record in MMA and is most famous for the aforementioned bout with Forest Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter 1 (TUF 1) Finale. Although Bonnar lost the match to Griffin by a 29-28 decision, he was offered a contract from Dana White on the spot. Again, because Bonnar and Griffin displayed such determination in that fight, it’s often cited as the UFC’s best match.
Bonnar last fought back in October, 2012 when he lost a non-title fight to then UFC middleweight champion. Bonnar lost that fight and didn’t look good doing it, going down by TKO in the waning seconds of round one then testing positive for drostanolone weeks after the fight. While it’s unclear who Bonnar’s first opponent will be in this final leg of his career, Bonnar has already called out UFC legend and recent Bellator signee Tito Ortiz.
“I want everyone to know I’m coming out of retirement because it’s time to free the MMA world of the virus that’s known as Tito Ortiz,” Bonnar stated. “We’ve been suffering through his boring fights for too many years, and it’s about time that someone beats it out of him once and for all.”
While it remains to be seen whether Bonnar’s first opponent will in fact be Ortiz, it’s expected that Bonnar will also be lending his voice to Bellator television commentary, although the complete terms of his contract were not disclosed to the public.
Bellator President Scott Coker stated, “When you look at our light heavyweight division, with names like (Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson), Tito, (Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal), Emanuel Newton and others, there are a lot of fights Stephan can be involved in. Big fights against big names. After talking to Stephan, I know that’s what he wants, and we want to provide that to our fans.”