Former fighter Stephan Bonnar, who performed a major function within the UFC’s progress into the dominant promotion in blended martial arts, has died, UFC introduced. He was 45.
Bonnar, who was inducted into the UFC’s Corridor of Fame in 2013, died Thursday from “presumed coronary heart problems whereas at work,” in response to an announcement from UFC on Saturday. No additional particulars have been launched.
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Bonnar, who initially was from Indiana, hadn’t fought within the UFC since 2014, and he went simply 8-6 throughout seven years with the promotion.
He was a contestant in 2005 on the primary season of “The Final Fighter,” the UFC’s long-running actuality competitors present. He reached the competitors’s finale, the place he had a spectacular, bloody brawl with Forrest Griffin.
Griffin received the choice, however the viral consideration gained by the extremely entertaining bout is extensively credited with exposing the little-known sport to a bigger worldwide viewers on-line and on Spike TV, which broadcast it.
“Stephan Bonnar was one of the vital fighters to ever compete within the Octagon,” UFC president Dana White stated within the assertion. “His combat with Forrest Griffin modified the game perpetually, and he won’t ever be forgotten. The followers cherished him, associated to him and he at all times gave them his finest. He will likely be missed.”
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