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UFC Hall Of Famer Was 45 – Deadline

Stephan (*45*), UFC Hall of Famer, died Thursday, December 22 of presumed coronary heart problems whereas at work, in line with the UFC.

“The UFC family is saddened by the passing of UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar. We send our sincerest condolences to his family and friends,” the UFC introduced on Instagram.

“Stephan Bonnar was one of the most important fighters to ever compete in the Octagon,” UFC President Dana White stated in a statement. “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.”

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(*45*) helped popularized UFC into the mainstream when he starred within the first season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005. It was his bout towards Forrest Griffin that had followers glued to tv screens which is thought to be among the best fights of all time.

“I knew it was a good fight during the fight,” (*45*) stated of his battle towards Griffin. “It hit me when everyone started stomping their feet and it felt like the whole place was shaking. And that was in the second round. I was like ‘oooh, this must be good.’”

(*45*) was a local of Indiana the place he began wrestling on the age of 10. He would then tackle Tae Kwon Do on the age of 12 and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu on the age of twenty-two. At the age of 24, he began boxing.

Throughout his career within the UFC he went on to face different MMA stars like Tito Ortiz, Anderson Silva, Rashad Evans, Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida and Mark Coleman.

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