Stephan Bonnar’s fighting career isn’t over just yet.In a somewhat surprising move, Bonnar, a UFC Hall of Famer, has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA, according to promotion officials. Bonnar’s Bellator debut has not been finalized just yet, however, a grudge match against Tito Ortiz has been discussed. Brian McMahon tweeted last week that Bonnar vs. Ortiz was set. 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 statement provided by 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.In addition to a fighting contract, sources close to the promotion told MMAFighting.com that there is also a chance Bonnar could do some broadcasting work for Bellator 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 in a statement provided by the organization.
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 retired from MMA in 2012 after losing to Anderson Silva via first-round TKO at UFC 153.
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