Biography(references)Bonnar was born in Hammond, Indiana and raised in Munster, Indiana, attending Munster High School. Bonnar has an extensive background in combat sports, beginning Wrestling when he was 10 years old, Tae Kwon Do at age 12, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at age 22, and then added Boxing and Muay Thai when he was 24 years old. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 16 and was a two-time Golden Gloves Champion in the Super Heavyweight division. He attended and graduated from Purdue University in 2000, earning a degree in Sports Medicine.
Fighter Trivia(references)Outside of competition, Bonnar has done commentary work for televised mixed martial arts programming, notably serving as the WEC's color commentator for most of 2010, calling 5 of their final 7 cards. At approximately 1:15 p.m., the Nevada highway patrol received multiple reports that there was a red Cadillac, a vehicle owned and being driven by Bonnar, observed driving recklessly and making unsafe lane changes. Bonnar was arrested on scene, refused to comply or respond to officers commands, and had to be carried and laid inside the back of the patrol car.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: The Ultimate Fighter 1 (Runner-up)
UFC: Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski on July 3, 2010
UFC: UFC Hall of Fame (Fight Wing, Class of 2013) vs. Forrest Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Fight of the Year (2005) vs. Forrest Griffin on April 9
World Class Revolution: WCR Heavyweight Championship (1 times, current)
Bellator MMA Highlights: Tito Ortiz vs Stephan Bonnar, Joe Schilling, Will Brooks & more
Fight Outcomes - WinsLosses
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