UFC Corridor of Famer Stephan Bonnar died from obvious coronary heart problems, the promotion introduced on Saturday. He was 45 years outdated.
Bonnar performed an instrumental function in rising UFC along with his April 9, 2005, struggle towards Forrest Griffin through the first season of “The Final Fighter”.
Griffin gained the struggle by unanimous choice and was awarded a six-figure contract, however UFC president Dana White additionally provided Bonnar a contract. Each Griffin and Bonnar have been inducted into the UFC Corridor of Fame in 2013.
“Stephan Bonnar was one of the crucial vital fighters to ever compete within the Octagon,” White instructed UFC.com on Saturday. “His struggle with Forrest Griffin modified the game eternally, and he won’t ever be forgotten. The followers cherished him, associated to him and he at all times gave them his finest.
“He might be missed.”
Bonnar went on to complete his profession with a 15-9 file, dropping his last match by break up choice to Tito Ortiz on November 15, 2014.
After his MMA profession, Bonnar grew to become concerned with skilled wrestling and made quite a few appearances with Impression Wrestling in 2019. He additionally frolicked doing color commentary for the WEC and served as an MMA analyst for ESPN and Fox Sports activities.