Stephan Bonnar dead: UFC community mourns Hall of Famer’s death at 45

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Mixed martial arts fighter Stephan Bonnar poses during the Ultimate Fighting Championship 153 weigh-in event in Rio de Janeiro, Oct. 12, 2012. The UFC Hall of Famer died at the age of 45 from “presumed heart complications while at work” Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, according to a UFC statement. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Stephan Bonnar dead: UFC community mourns Hall of Famer’s death at 45

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UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar died at 45 from “presumed heart complications.”

The news was shared over the Christmas weekend by UFC President Dana White.

“The UFC family is saddened by the tragic passing of UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar Thursday from presumed heart complications while at work,” the UFC said in a statement.

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Bonnar made his UFC debut in 2005 during season one of The Ultimate Fighter, which saw him distinguish himself with a finale fight against Forrest Griffin.

“Stephan Bonnar was one of the most important fighters to ever compete in the Octagon,” White said of Bonnar’s UFC legacy. “His fight with Forrest Griffin changed the sport forever, and he will never be forgotten. The fans loved him, related to him, and he always gave them his best. He will be missed.”

Bonnar had called his fight with Griffin and the resulting UFC contract “a little lesson [that showed] if you never quit, you really can’t fail. That was the perfect example of that. Give it everything you’ve got, and something good will come out of it.”

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The Hall of Famer ended his career in 2013 with a 17-9 record, winning other notable fights against James Irvin, Keith Jardine, Krzysztof Soszynski, Igor Pokrajac, and Kyle Kingsbury.

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