Dana White Confirms UFC's Stephan Bonnar Is Retired

McKinley NobleCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2012

Photo Credit: UFC/Zuffa
Photo Credit: UFC/Zuffa

Stephan Bonnar has apparently fought his last fight.

Prior to his loss against Anderson Silva during a light heavyweight main event at UFC 153, Bonnar had publicly stated that he might retire for good after getting his last big match.

Now, UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Bonnar is indeed retired, answering a fan-submitted question during a live online chat session hosted by Metro PCS via Ustream. White's response was short and to the point:

"Yes, Bonnar will be retiring now."

It seems the news also took Jon Jones by surprise, as the UFC light heavyweight champion had just taken a seat next to White before the question came up.

Jones' reaction was similarly brief: "No way."

Update: Bonnar has issued a farewell statement through his Facebook page, which has also been reposted on his Twitter account:

Huge thanks to every UFC fan out there! All I ever wanted was to bring ya'll some fun...hope u were entertained. Peace, love, & violence! #ufc

Bonnar had been previously rumored for a third fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 155, filling in as a replacement for Chael Sonnen, who left the card to coach The Ultimate Fighter opposite Jones. However, the rumor turned out to be false, as Phil Davis was later announced for the co-main event bout.

Bonnar has widely been recognized for his iron chin and strong Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having never lost by knockout (prior to UFC 153) or submission. All but one of his losses have come at the hands of former and current UFC champions, with Bonnar facing Anderson Silva as an 8-to-1 underdog.

Noted as a tireless brawler with deep cardio, "The American Psycho" is also credited as one of only three men in the UFC to take Jon Jones to a decision.

Bonnar retires with a 15-8 mixed martial arts record and eight wins in the UFC, not counting his submission victory against Mike Swick during the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Even though he would eventually lose the reality TV competition to Griffin in the season finale, the highly-acclaimed fight earned Bonnar a six-figure contract with the UFC.

By acclamation alone, Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar is considered the moment that launched the Ultimate Fighting Championship into its current mainstream prominence. On the strength of that match, the finale drew a record 2.6 million viewers on Saturday, April 9th, 2005.

In the UFC's own Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights series, Dana White and color commentator Joe Rogan respectively called Griffin vs. Bonnar the "most important" and "most significant" fight in the promotion's history. According to SPIKE (known then as Spike TV), Griffin vs. Bonnar was—at the time—the most-watched UFC fight ever.