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UFC Hall of Famer Stefan Bonnar has died at the age of 45

The promotion announced the death of UFC Hall of Famer Stefan Bonnar. He was 45 years old.

UFC reported Bonnar, who notably fought Forrest Griffin in the season 1 finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2005, died of presumed heart complications while on the job.

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

“His fight with Forrest Griffin changed the sport forever, and he will never be forgotten. The fans loved him, attached to him and he always gave them his best. We will miss him.”

Bonnar, who once didn’t think he’d have a career as a UFC fighter, said “everything changed” after his fight with Griffin.

Stefan Bonnar (R) fights Kyle Kingsbury during the UFC 139 light heavyweight title match in San Jose, Calif., on November 19, 2011.
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“Overnight, I became like a celebrity. Everywhere I went, someone recognized me, even in obscure places,” Bonnar said.

During his career, the Indiana native fought future Hall of Famers Rashad Evans, Mark Coleman, Anderson Silva, and Tito Ortiz.

Bonnar finished his career with 15 wins in 24 fights before he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2013.

“We’ve lost a legend,” said UFC commentator Joe Rogan. In an honest Instagram postsaying that Bonnar will “never be forgotten”.

“RIP to the American Psycho, Stefan Bonnar”. I remember watching him and Anderson Silva, chirp An internet celebrity turned boxer Jake Paul.

UFC fighter Renato Moicano tweeted his condolencescalling Bonnar’s death “a sad year for the UFC community.”

“Stefan Bonner is an essential piece to the growth of our sport,” retired UFC superstar Frankie Edgar said. “I remember watching him and Forrest battle it out and thinking, I have to try that. RIP into a real major!”

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