"Ultimate Fighter" season one finalist, Stephan "The American Psycho" Bonnar, has decided to walk away from MMA.
"Huge thanks to every UFC fan out there!" Bonnar wrote. "All I ever wanted was to bring ya'll some fun...hope u were entertained. Peace, love, & violence!"
Bonnar gave it his all during his last outing against Anderson Silva, but like all those who have dared to enter "The Spider's" web in the UFC, he fell short. After toying with Bonnar in the opening minutes of their UFC 153 encounter, Silva put him away with a vicious knee to the solar plexus.
Even with the loss, Bonnar deserves a lot of credit for having the guts to accept a fight against a dangerous opponent like Anderson on short notice.
Stephan earned a place in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's history books with his performance during the finale of the first TUF season (he lost via decision to Forrest Griffin), a fight which played a huge role in the UFC's transition to the mainstream.
Bonnar has been a good ambassador for the UFC over the years, so I'm sure we haven't seen the last of "The American Psycho." He's one of the better fighter turned commentators around right now, and I'm sure the UFC will find a way to squeeze him into their productions.
Still, the finality of Bonnar's retirement is a bit saddening.
As someone who watched every single episode of the first TUF season -- at their scheduled broadcast times -- I've become very fond of all the competitors over the years. Guys like Bonnar, Diego Sanchez, and Kenny Florian are the ones who gave me the motivation to train and learn more about MMA, and I hate to see another one walk away from the sport.
Farewell Stephan Bonnar, I feel honored to have witnessed your journey in the UFC.
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