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Stephan Bonnar will always be a key part of UFC history, and it's fitting yet bittersweet that his biggest main event shot ends in a loss.
For years, Bonnar has been best known as "that guy who lost at The Ultimate Fighter" and simultaneously helped launch the UFC into the mainstream with one of MMA's most important fights.
Sadly, that's going to have to be enough for him.
Like so many others, Bonnar just couldn't compete with Silva's speed, technique, and power, eventually succumbing to the uncannily skilled pound-for-pound king.
Bonnar's days as a UFC fighter are done, and he leaves behind a career of potential never realized with a mountain of "what-ifs" to ponder.
If there's a silver lining, his future is probably set in stone for a while. Book deals, the UFC Hall of Fame, and MMA analyst gigs aren't a bad way to follow such a long fighting career.
And it'll have to do.
At UFC 153, Bonnar had the attention of the MMA world squarely on him for one last time, and he took an impossible challenge against an impossibly gifted opponent. Hopefully, that will satisfy the "American Psycho" as he looks to the future outside the Octagon.