Stephan Bonnar came back after being brutalized by Krzysztof Soszynski in the first round to TKO K-Sos in the second round at UFC 116 in Las Vegas on Saturday.Soszynski dominated the first round with frantic and punishing stand-up. He started with a flurry off the bell and didn't stop from there. With combos like a low-kick straight punch, or a knee followed with a hook, K-Sos had Bonnar's face bloodied by the end of the round. Bonnar answered where he could with low kicks and strikes, but K-Sos clearly had the better of Bonnar.
Bonnar turned things around in the second round, knocking K-Sos to the ground with a brutal knee. He then followed up with punch after punch, finally causing the fight to be stopped at 3:08 in the second.
Bonnar will always be remembered for his part in the pivotal finale of the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter." Along with the winner of the bout, Forrest Griffin, Bonnar put on an exciting three-round battle on basic cable, helping launch the UFC to the heights that the promotion is at now.
However, heading into this bout, Bonnar had suffered three losses, to Jon Jones, Mark Coleman and Soszynski. Though UFC president Dana White said that Bonnar will always have a home in the UFC, his losing streak made you wonder if Bonnar belonged.
With Saturday night's win, he showed that he can turn things around, not just in his career, but even in a bout. Bonnar was beaten and bloodied by the second round, but he still pulled out the win.
- Stephan Bonnar