Stephan Bonnar handed away a few days earlier than Christmas, with The Final Fighter pioneer and UFC Corridor of Famer being simply 45-years-old.
One half of what was credited to be the combat that saved the UFC, Bonnar clearly made an affect with so many within the trade. His passing took the MMA neighborhood without warning, and personalities and fighters from completely different eras took to social media to mourn the loss.
Finish of TUF1 there was a solid occasion. I’m hobbling round on crutches on the on line casino and I get a name.“Hey. We have to go. Some bouncer put his fingers on Stephan and Stephan kicked him within the head and KO’ed him.”He lived laborious and quick.Nothing however love, brother. https://t.co/J28htUPPYH
— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) December 25, 2022
RIP to the American Pyscho, Stephan Bonnar. I keep in mind watching him and Anderson Silva.
From what I’ve learn, with out him and Forrest Griffin, UFC might haven’t made it.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) December 24, 2022
Bonnar/Griffin modified the UFC ceaselessly! For those who knew @StephanBonnar it was unimaginable to not love him, a loyal pal with an amazing humorousness who as soon as took over a complete flooring of our resort in Australia getting ready his personal kangaroo meal! RIP American Psycho, gone means too younger! pic.twitter.com/KMPEADC1ZX
— Mike Goldberg (@GoldieOnTV) December 25, 2022
Completely devastated by the information of Stephan Bonnar passing. Some of the real and stable human beings I’ve ever met. My coronary heart goes out to his household. Relaxation straightforward my pal. I’m so grateful our paths crossed and for the time we did have collectively. pic.twitter.com/HeQqVkbrM2
— Grey Maynard (@GrayMaynard) December 25, 2022
Stephan Bonner a key piece to the expansion of our sport. I keep in mind watching him and Forest battling it out and pondering, I gotta do this out. RIP to a real pioneer!
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) December 25, 2022
Stephan Bonnar vs Forrest Griffin was the primary mma combat I ever watched, and it utterly modified my life.
It’s so extremely heartbreaking to listen to the information of Stephan’s passing. One other one gone too quickly. My ideas are along with his household throughout this time pic.twitter.com/1wa2oz1s6H
— Megan Anderson (@MeganAnderson) December 24, 2022
My condolences exit to Stephan Bonnar’s household. His combat with Forrest Griffin modified the panorama of the game of MMA and pushed it to the following stage. He’s a giant a part of the rationale we’re right here at the moment. https://t.co/NtGaVAN96M
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) December 24, 2022
Rip legend Stephan Bonnar…. Unhappy 12 months for the MMA neighborhood… #ufc #mma
— Renato Moicano UFC (@moicanoufc) December 24, 2022
As all MMA followers know, Stephan was a pioneer within the sport. However he was additionally SO form and enjoyable to work with. Every time we might see him, even after his combat profession, he nonetheless lit up the room. Prayers for him & his family members at this tough time. https://t.co/dMSUuBczdt
— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) December 24, 2022