Stephan Bonnar Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Career, UFC Hall of Famer, Cause of Death

Stephan Bonnar Wiki – Stephan Bonnar Bio

Stephan Bonnar died Thursday, the promotion announced. He was an American professional wrestler and professional mixed martial artist. Bonnar competed as a light heavyweight in the UFC for most of his career. Bonnar was a runner-up in The Ultimate Fighter 1, his loss at TUF Ultimate Finale to Forrest Griffin is considered one of the biggest fights in UFC history. For most of his MMA career, Bonnar played the “underdog role”, this is particularly exemplified in his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 153. In addition to Griffin and Silva, Bonnar faced world champions Lyoto Machida, Tito Ortiz, Mark Coleman, Jon Jones, and Rashad Evans.

Bonnar was born in Hammond, Indiana, and raised in Munster, Indiana, attending Munster High School. Bonnar had extensive experience in combat sports, starting with wrestling when he was 10, Tae Kwon Do at 12, Brazilian jiu-jitsu at 22, and later adding boxing and muay thai when he was 24. He earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 16 and is 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.


Stephan Bonnar died at the age of 45 years old.


Bonnar began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the legendary Carlson Gracie during the summer of 1999, with whom he received his purple belt prior to Carlson’s passing. During his tenure as a student of Carlson Gracie, he was nicknamed Robocop. This experience has led to most of his bouts ending by submission. Stephan last trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Las Vegas with Master Sergio Penha. However, he also trained in Muay Thai during several trips to Thailand. Since early 2010 Bonnar trained in Muay Thai in Las Vegas with Master One Kick Nick Blomgren at One Kick’s Gym.

Shortly after Forrest Griffin’s retirement announcement, Dana White announced that Bonnar and Griffin would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Bonnar and Griffin were officially inducted on July 6, 2013.

“Almost overnight, I became a celebrity. Everywhere I went, someone recognized me, even in dark places,” Bonnar said.

During his career, the Indiana native fought future Hall of Famers Rashad Evans, Mark Coleman, Anderson Silva, and Tito Ortiz.

Bonnar finished his career with 15 wins in 24 fights before he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2013.

“We lost a legend,” said UFC commentator Joe Rogan in a candid post on Instagram, saying Bonnar “will never be forgotten.”

Wife & Children

Bonnar and his longtime girlfriend got married on October 30, 2009, in Tuscany, Italy. The couple has a son, Griffin Brandon, named after Forrest Griffin and in memory of Andrea’s late brother, Brandon Brown.

Cause of Death

UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar died Thursday, the promotion announced. He was 45 years old.

The UFC reported that Bonnar, who most notably fought Forrest Griffin in the season one finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2005, died of suspected heart complications while on the job.

“RIP to the American Pyscho, Stephan Bonnar. I remember watching him and Anderson Silva,” Internet celebrity-turned-boxer Jake Paul tweeted.

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UFC fighter Renato Moicano tweeted his condolences, calling Bonnar’s death “a sad year for the UFC community.”

“Stephan Bonner is a key player in the growth of our sport,” said retired UFC star Frankie Edgar. “I remember seeing him and Forest fighting and thinking, I have to try this. RIP a true pioneer!”

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