After retiring two years following a crushing at the hands of Anderson Silva, Stephan Bonnar (15-8) is coming out of retirement. But the UFC Hall of Famer is fighting with the promotion and is instead joining Bellator where he has signed a multi-fight agreement and could also be a commentator for the company.
And Bonnar is already calling out the guy he wants to fight: Tito Ortiz.
“I want everyone to know I’m coming out of retirement because it’s time to free the MMA world of the virus that’s known as Tito Ortiz,” Bonnar stated as part of the press release announcing him joining Bellator. “We’ve been suffering through his boring fights for too many years, and it’s about time that someone beats it out of him once and for all.”
The release also stated that “Bonnar will be involved in various components relating to Bellator, including the possibility of on-air commentating and analysis. Bonnar is expected to compete this year live on Spike TV”.
“Stephan is a guy that has been a huge part of this sport and we are excited have him part of the roster,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “He was one half of probably the greatest and one of the most important fights in MMA history, and it happened on Spike. When you look at our Light Heavyweight division, with names like Rampage, Tito, King Mo, Emanuel Newton and others, there are a lot of fights Stephan can be involved in. Big fights against big names. After talking to Stephan, I know that’s what he wants, and we want to provide that to our fans.”
Bonnar won his third fight in a row back at UFC 139 in November 2011, earning a unanimous decision over Kyle Kingsbury. He was remain out of the octagon until the following October where he was beaten and battered by Anderson Silva, getting TKO’d in the first round.
Immediately after the fight, Bonnar tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone, the second time in his career he tested positive for steroids. It figured to be his last fight win or lose with UFC president Dana White announcing that Bonnar had retired. Then after Forrest Griffin retired, White said both were being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for their contributions including their incredible 2005 bout at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale which proved to be a turning point for the company.
It comes as a bit of a surprise that the 37-year-old Bonnar is not only fighting again but with Bellator, jumping to the UFC’s competition.
As for a potential fight with Ortiz, the Huntington Beach Bad Boy has already started his part of hyping the fight which is reportedly close to being signed.