‘The American Psycho’ is back.
On Wednesday morning, Bellator MMA surprised everyone is the MMA community when it announced it had officially signed UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar to a multi-fight deal.
While a date and event for the UFC veteran’s promotional debut has yet to be announced, Bonnar hinted he was targeting a matchup with fellow UFC Hall of Famer turned Bellator fighter 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 said in a released statement. “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.”
Bonnar (15-8), has not competed since he announced his retirement from the sport of MMA following his first round TKO loss to Anderson Silva in 2012. It was eventually revealed the TUF alum had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone resulting in a nine month suspension. This marked the second failed drug test of Bonnar’s career, with the first coming back in 2006.
Bellator President Scott Coker stated added Bonnar could find a role as contributing to “on-air commentating and analysis” amongst other positions within the company
“Stephan is a guy that has been a huge part of this sport, and we are excited have him part of the roster,” stated Coker. “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 (Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson), Tito, (Muhammad Lawal), 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 is most known for his role during the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter back in 2005, which culminated in an epic three round war with Forrest Griffin the season finale. He finished his UFC career with a record of 8-7.