The good news for Stephan Bonnar (Pictured), his final mixed martial arts fight ended in spectacular fashion. The bad news for the UFC light heavyweight, he was on the business end of a highlight reel finish in his last Octagon foray.
UFC president Dana White confirmed Tuesday night the 35-year-old has decided to call it quits following this month’s TKO loss to Anderson Silva.
“Yes, Bonnar will be retiring now,” White revealed during an online MetroPCS chat with fans.
Bonnar etched his name in MMA lore with his watershed scrap against Forrest Griffin in “The Ultimate Fighter 1” finale back in April of 2005. Although he lost a controversial unanimous decision that historic night, UFC brass also rewarded “The American Psycho” with a six-figure contract for his relentless efforts in the epic battle.
White has claimed on numerous occasions that the bout is the single-most significant fight in company history because it kick started the UFC’s ascent to world domination.
“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!” Bonnar tweeted.
Bonnar leaves the game with a 15-8 professional record. He went 8-7 in the big leagues.