Stephan Bonnar, the Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer, died on Thursday, 22 December 2022. The MMA fighter passes away due to heart complications.
Born Stephan Patrick Bonnar, Stephan Bonnar was an American mixed martial artist (MMA) and professional wrestler.
For most of his career, Bonnar fought as a Light Heavyweight in the UFC. The Ultimate Fighter 1’s TUF Ultimate Finale, in which Bonnar lost to Forrest Griffin, is regarded as one of the most significant contests in UFC history.
Bonnar played the “role of the underdog” for most of his MMA career; his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 153 is one of the best examples.
The world champions Lyoto Machida, Tito Ortiz, Mark Coleman, Jon Jones, and Rashad Evans were among the opponents of Bonnar, in addition to Griffin and Silva.
The UFC president Dana White even declared him one of the most important fighters to compete in the Octagon.
Stephan Bonnar Suicide: He Did Not Commit Suicide, But Died Of Heart Complications
Stephan Bonnar, the Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer, died on Thursday, 22 December 2022. The news was made public on 24 December by UFC on its Twitter page.
People appear to have misunderstood that the professional fighter committed suicide. However, it is not true.
The 45-year-old died from presumed heart complications while working, said UFC in a news release. The UFC president Dana White referred to Stephan Bonnar as one of the most significant fighters ever competing in the Octagon.
“His fight with Forrest Griffin altered UFC history. He will always be missed. Fans worldwide adored him, and Bonnar always gave his all for them. We will miss him.” added the UFC president.
The UFC remembered the fighter as a pioneering competitor who introduced himself to UFC fans in season one of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005.
The late professional fighter teamed up with Forrest Griffin at the show’s finale to produce one of the greatest fights of all time, later earning it a place in the UFC Hall of Fame’s right wing.
According to a UFC news release, Stephan’s career highlights didn’t end there, as the Indianan native thrilled fans for the next seven years, defeating other great fighters/opponents like Kyle Kingsbury, James Irvin, Keith Jardine, Krzysztof Soszynski, and Igor Pokrajac.
The UFC family also sent its sincerest condolences to the legend’s friends and family. The tragic ***** of the fighter saddens the whole sports world. Tribute has been poured all over social media.
Meet Stephan Bonnar’s Wife And Son
On October 30, 2009, Stephan Bonnar married his longtime girlfriend, Andrea Brown, in Tuscany, Italy. They were married until Stephan’s ***** on 22 December 2022.
Griffin Brandon, the couple’s only son/child. Stephan Bonnar’s son was named after Forrest Griffin and in memory of Andrea’s late brother, Brandon Brown.
Stephan Bonnar Parents, Family, And Siblings
The legendary mixed martial artist was born in Hammond, Indiana, to his parents.
He grew up in Munster, Indiana, and completed his high school education at Munster High School.
Stephan Bonnar had an extensive background in combat sports, starting with wrestling at 10, Tae Kwon Do at 12, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at 22. Afterward, he added boxing and muay Thai at the age of 24 to his resume.
At 16, the late MMA fighter received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. The UFC official also won the Super Heavyweight Golden Gloves Championship twice. Bonnar attended Purdue University, received his degree in Sports Medicine, and graduated in 2000.