UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar kicked out of gym over mask, mocks ‘sheep’ on way out

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UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar left his local gym angry on Easter Sunday – also his birthday – after he was kicked out for not complying with the establishment’s policy on face masks.

Bonnar, who was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2013, recorded a video of himself as he walked out of the gym and posted it on Instagram. He did not go quietly.

In the video, Bonnar holds an inhaler and a basketball as he alternates between talking into the camera and addressing people working out behind him.

“Been coming to this gym 14 years, getting kicked out on my birthday because one of these sheep were complaining that my mask was dropping,” Bonnar says as he strolls away. “Well guess what, sheep? I got a medical exemption. I have asthma. I’m doing you a favor by even playing pretend. Masks don’t do anything. Wake up, you sheep, tattle tales, cowards.”

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Wearing a mask is a common requirement at businesses, including gyms, across the U.S. as states have begun to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Bonnar, who didn’t specify where this incident took place, also posted a caption with his video.

Easter is a good reminder how Christ, despite being a cool dude, was pretty maligned.-
-When I was 10, I was thrown out of the playhouse at Celebration station for my own bday party for being too tall.-
Here I am 34 years later getting thrown out of the gym for exercising my right to breathe clean air.
That’s consistency!
#happyeaster
#marchtothebeatofyourowndrum

Bonnar, 43, last competed in MMA in November 2014, losing a split decision to Tito Ortiz in his lone Bellator appearance at Bellator 131. Bonnar entered the fight wing of the UFC Hall of Famer for his epic The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale clash with Forrest Griffin, which is often credited for “saving the UFC.”