By his own admission It’s been “a rough road” for former Ultimate Fighter Season 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar in the past few years, and with three losses on his record heading into his fight with Krzysztof Soszynski last night, a win could have brought an end to his UFC career.
In the end Bonnar once again dug deep and showed the remarkable toughness that first helped make him a star in the UFC to emerge bloody, but victorious.
Bonnar admitted in the post-fight press conference that at one stage he feared the fight was going to go in a similar direction to their previous encounter when he had lost due to a cut.
“I was just worried, in Australia I had one cut on my head and they stopped the fight on it. This time I had about five or six, I didn’t want the fight to get stopped, I didn’t want anyone taking that fight from me so I just kept going for it.”
“The first cut I was like, ‘probably no big deal,’ and then the second cut was like, ‘oh damn, looks like I’m bleeding out of another hole,’ then they kept adding up and yeah, it got me worried. The plan was to really make it a dogfight and push the pace and you know me, when I bleed it tends to bring the best out of me. Typical Bonnar.”
That ‘typical Bonnar’ approach has served him well over the years, and on this occasion he walked away with an extra $75,000 after his fight with Soszynski won ‘Fight Of The Night’ honors.
So with two wars with ‘The Polish Experiment’ under his belt, is the UFC veteran looking for a third encounter to settle the score once and for all?
Not so much.
“Personally, I spent the last eight months thinking about Krzysztof so I’m pretty sick of him,” the fighter joked.
Bonnar will next be seen in his role as color-commentator at WEC 50 next month.