Veteran fighter Stephan Bonnar, who performed a serious position within the UFC’s progress into a serious blended martial arts promotion, has died, the UFC has introduced. He was 45 years outdated.
Bonnar, who was inducted into the UFC Corridor of Fame in 2013, died Thursday of “suspected coronary heart issues whereas on responsibility,” in line with an announcement from the UFC on Saturday. No different particulars had been launched.
Bonnar, who hails from Indiana, hasn’t fought within the UFC since 2014, and went simply 8-6 in seven years with the promotion.
He was a competitor in 2005 on the primary season of “The Final Fighter,” the UFC’s longest-running competitors. He reached the finals of the event, the place he had a tremendous, bloody battle with Forrest Griffin.
Griffin gained the choice, however the viral consideration the extremely entertaining match acquired is basically credited with exposing the little-known match to a big viewers worldwide on-line and on Spike TV, which aired it.
“Stephan Bonnar was one of the crucial necessary fighters to ever compete within the Octagon,” UFC president Dana White stated in an announcement. “His battle with Forrest Griffin modified the sport perpetually, and he won’t ever be forgotten. The followers liked him, they linked with him and he at all times gave them his greatest. He’ll miss you.”
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