stephan-bonnar-15.jpgAfter first avoiding it, UFC President Dana White had a conversation with Stephan Bonnar about his positive steroid test following UFC 153.

As it turns out, the talk took place this past week prior to White honoring the longtime UFC fighter with a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame, which drew criticism from critics and then a fiery reply from the executive.

“We hugged it out, and he kept explaining to me why he did what he did, and I said, ‘It doesn’t f–king matter why you did it. You did it. You lied to me,’” White said.

Bonnar (15-8 MMA, 8-7 UFC) retired after losing to now-former champ Anderson Silva at the pay-per-view event this past October. He then tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone, which was his second failure for performance-enhancers.

Despite anger toward Bonnar over the sour note on which he ended his career, White has defended the decision to include him on the promotion’s honor roll alongside Forrest Griffin, who fought him in the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter 1? in one of the most exciting bouts in UFC history. Griffin was side by side with his former opponent for this past weekend’s HOF induction at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The UFC president credits the reality show’s finale with saving the UFC, which was deeply in the red when the inaugural reality show was filmed. He’s shot down any notion that Bonnar’s average record and PED problems have overshadowed his early accomplishment.

Bonnar has said he didn’t mean to cheat, but fix longstanding problems with his knees when he took the steroid.

“He started re-explaining everything, and I wouldn’t take excuses,” White said. “‘Dude, I’ve always been straight up with you. I’ve always been good to you. Anything you ever needed – you lied to me.’

“I’m over it. We’re cool.”

White is also cool that Bonnar chose not to use his induction to apologize to fans for his PED use.

“That was his moment,” White said. “He got inducted into the Hall of Fame. He can say whatever he wants to say. He said what he had to say to me backstage. He’s probably going to be upset that I told you. Here we go again.”

For White, the interaction didn’t leave him thinking about PED use in MMA, but rather the investment fighters make in their time in the promotion, and what happens when the fight purses stop coming in. Bonnar, he said, was worried that he wouldn’t be able to do further work for the UFC, as White had promised prior to the second positive test.

“He talked about how much this has meant to him and his life,” White said. “One of the things guys face is, and he said it – ‘The UFC was a part of my life for so long, and now it was looking like it wouldn’t be,’ which wasn’t true, either, because I always said that Stephen and Forrest would always have a place here. But I understand what he was saying – this is my identity, this is everything to me.

“That’s why, again, without getting into fighter pay – ‘Oh my god, you cut so-and-so. You bastard. You did this and that.’ This isn’t a long-term f–king job. You don’t come into the UFC thinking, ‘Man, I’m going to stay here until I’m 65, and then I’m going to retire, get a pension, and I’m going to this and that. It’s a f–king short-term gig.

“You have a window of opportunity that’s about this big – if you’re lucky. If you’re lucky, it’s this big, and you’re talented enough, and you get in there, and you do as many amazing things as you can in front of as many people as you can, and make as much money as you can, and enough contacts, so that when that inevitable day that will finally come when it’s over, you’ve put yourself in a great position to where you can move on a do better things. And hopefully, if you’re worked it out right, you don’t ever have to work again. Who the f— on this planet do not understand that?”

Some of White’s critics on Bonnar are the same ones who have issued criticism about the UFC’s pay practices. He’s often used Griffin as a model for what types of spending habits fighters should have in a business where a few losses can mean a trip to the unemployment line.

“Forrest always says this: ‘Go out and fight like you, but go to the bank like me,’ which means he’s cheap as hell,” he said. “Forrest is still wearing a jacket that he won in Season 1 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ He’s still driving the f–king Scion. You know Scion grabbed him and they’re going to do some type of commercial on him and how many miles this kid has on his car, and it’s still running. Forrest is a cheap motherf—er, and that’s the way you’ve got to be in this business. Save your money. Put it away. Do the right things with your money, because in this sport, your time could be over any minute.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Sale Video: What Happens to Dana White if the UFC is Sold?

  • 18 days ago
  • 566 views

If the UFC actually does get sold, what happens to UFC president Dana White? read news >>

Dana White says UFC 'not for sale' despite ESPN report to the contrary (Yahoo Sports)

  • 18 days ago
  • 30 views

From Yahoo Sports: A report Tuesday said the UFC's owners are in advanced talks to sell the business and it is expected to be valued between $3.5 billion and $4 billion. read news >>

Dana White says UFC 'not for sale' despite ESPN report (Yahoo Sports)

  • 18 days ago
  • 23 views

From Yahoo Sports: A report Tuesday said the UFC's owners are in advanced talks to sell the business and it is expected to be valued between $3.5 billion and $4 billion. read news >>

Dana White Denies ESPN Report: ‘The UFC is Not for Sale’

  • 18 days ago
  • 28 views

The MMA world was jolted on Tuesday when an ESPN report indicated that the UFC was for sale, but UFC president Dana White declares the report untrue. read news >>

Dana White Comments on Relationship with Conor McGregor

  • 18 days ago
  • 85 views

UFC President Dana White stated Wednesday that he's worked to repair his relationship with Conor McGregor after a period of verbal warfare that led to a brief retirement for one of the promotion's bi read news >>

Dana White and Conor McGregor Mending Fences; Floyd Mayweather a Non-Factor

  • 18 days ago
  • 117 views

UFC president Dana White on Wednesday indicated he and Conor McGregor were mending fences, but a fight with Floyd Mayweather was mostly a myth. read news >>

Dana White Continues to Shoot Down UFC Sale, but Hints at a ‘Deal’

  • 18 days ago
  • 45 views

Although Dana White on Wednesday continued to shoot down a report that the UFC was for sale, he didn't rule out a deal involving international expansion. read news >>

Dana White State of the UFC Video: Not for Sale, Anderson Silva Surgery, UFC 198, and More!

  • 18 days ago
  • 33 views

Dana White joined Colin Cowherd to breakdown all the fast moving UFC news, from the possible sale of the UFC, Anderson Silva's surgery, record crowds in Brazil, and more. read news >>

UFC Sale Rumors: Would the UFC Improve Without Dana White and the Fertittas?

  • 17 days ago
  • 45 views

On Tuesday night, ESPN that the UFC is in advanced talks to sell the promotion, hiring investment bank Goldman Sachs to represent it in discussions with at least four groups that have bid on an acqui read news >>

Dana White vs. Joe Rogan? Dana Isn’t Too Into That

  • 17 days ago
  • 543 views

Dana White vs. Joe Rogan? No thanks, says Dana. Jay Glazer, though? All day long. read news >>