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Stephan Bonnar biography: 13 things about MMA fighter born in Hammond, Indiana

Stephan Patrick Bonnar was a professional mixed martial artist and a professional wrestler born in Hammond, Indiana, United States. His fight name was The American Psycho.

As an MMA fighter, Bonnar fought out of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He was 6’3″ tall and he competed in heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions.

Bonnar attended Munster High School in Munster, Indiana, where he was raised. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. He started training in wrestling in 1987, taekwondo in 1989, Brazilian jiujitsu in 1997 and boxing and Muay Thai in 1999. In 2000, he graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine.
  2. In 2001, he made his professional MMA debut and defeated two opponents namely Brian Ebersole and Josh Kruger. In 2002, he defeated two more opponents namely Jay Massey and Terry Martin. In 2003, he lost to Lyoto Machida before he defeated Brad Lynde. In 2004, he defeated William Hill and Sean Sallee.
  3. In 2005, he became runner-up to Forrest Griffin at “The Ultimate Fighter 1” finale before making his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at “UFC Fight Night 1” where he defeated Sam Hoger.
  4. In 2006, he defeated James Irvin and Keith Jardine before losing to Rashad Evans and Griffin again. In 2007, he defeated Mike Nickels and Eric Schafer. In 2008, he went on hiatus.
  5. He lost to Jon Jones on January 31, 2009 and Mark Coleman on July 11, 2009. On October 30, 2009, he married Andrea Brown in Tuscany, Italy. Their son Griffin Brandon Bonnar was named after Griffin and her late brother Brandon Brown.
  6. He lost to Krzysztof Soszynski on February 21, 2010 but won their rematch on July 3, 2010. On December 4, 2010, he defeated Igor Pokrajac at “The Ultimate Fighter 12” finale.
  7. On November 19, 2011, he defeated Kyle Kingsbury at “UFC 139” in San Jose, California, USA. On October 13, 2012, he lost to Anderson Silva at “UFC 153” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After the fight, he announced his retirement from professional MMA. He tested positive for Drostanolone.
  8. On July 6, 2013, he and Griffin were officially inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
  9. On November 15, 2014, he came out of retirement and lost to Tito Ortiz at “Bellator 131” in San Diego, California, which downgraded his professional MMA record to 15 wins and 9 losses. It was his last MMA bout.
  10. On April 8, 2017, he made his professional wrestling debut at a Smashmouth Pro Wrestling event. When he made his Impact Wrestling debut on November 5, 2017, he and Moose lost to King Mo and Bobby Lashley at “Bound for Glory” in Ottawa, Canada. On December 2, 2017, he lost to “Speedball” Mike Bailey at an International Wrestling Syndicate event in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  11. On October 28, 2018, he was arrested in Nevada and charged with driving under the influence. On September 14, 2019, he lost to Moose at the Impact Wrestling event “Victory Road 2019”.
  12. In 2021, doctors found infected abscesses on both sides of a fractured vertebrae he suffered during professional wrestling match. Suffering from a severe staph infection, he had to take intravenous antibiotics and had to wait for the staph to abate before he could address his back injury.
  13. In April 2022, he and Andrea lost their house in Las Vegas to fire. On December 22, 2022, he passed away. He was 45.
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