After competing for nearly 11 years as a professional mixed martial
Bonnar is calling it quits.
The UFC recently announced Bonnar’s retirement, and “The American
Psycho” confirmed his plans on his Facebook page.
“Huge thanks to every UFC fan out there,” Bonnar wrote. “All I ever
wanted was to bring y’all some fun. Hope you were entertained.
Peace, love and violence!”
Bonnar, 35, made his professional debut in November 2001 and won
seven of his first eight fights before joining the cast of the
inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show. Bonnar
advanced to the live finale, squaring off with Forrest
Griffin in a widely viewed and highly influential donnybrook in
April 2005. The bout is regarded by many as one of the more
important in MMA history, spurring a surge in the sport’s
popularity through the second half of the decade.
Following his defeat to Griffin, Bonner would fight 14 more times
in the Octagon, posting an 8-7 overall promotional record and
picking up victories over the likes of James Irvin,
Pokrajac and Krzysztof
Soszynski. Bonnar most recently competed against longtime
middleweight champion and top pound-for-pound talent Anderson
Silva in the main event of UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro. “The
Spider” finished Bonnar with a perfectly-timed knee to the solar
plexus at 4:40 of the first round, snapping a three-fight winning
streak for Bonnar and sending him into retirement.
Bonnar leaves active competition with a career mark of 15-8 and was
never submitted as a professional. A student of the late Carlson
Gracie, Bonnar posted seven of his career victories by submission
and picked up an additional three wins by way of knockout. In
addition to fighting, Bonnar has also served as an analyst both at
the commentary booth and in the studio, calling multiple World
Extreme Cagefighting cards before that organization was absorbed by
the UFC last year.