It seems Stephan Bonnar isn’t done with MMA yet.
The UFC Hall of Famer, seen above throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for a San Diego Padres game, made what many thought was a “one-and-done” appearance with Bellator MMA last year. Repoe received Dana White’s blessing to face Tito Ortiz in a grudge match.
“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 stated in an announcement. “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.”
But that didn’t end well for Bonnar — who ended up on the short end of a split decision.
Still, the deal with Bellator was actually for several fights — and Bonnar revealed on Twitter yesterday who he expects to fight next:
— Stephan Bonnar (@StephanBonnar) April 3, 2015
Bonnar is 15-9 in a careern which dates back to November 2001. Known as “The American Psycho,” the Indiana native began his MMA career by earning ten wins against only two losses, with one TKO loss to Lyoto Machida in Brazil back in 2003, and the other a narrow decision loss to Forrest Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter season one finale back in 2005.
But he struggled against top competition in the UFC and announced his retirement after a TKO loss to Anderson Silva in 2012. Then, to add insult to injury, Bonnar tested positive for an anabolic steroid, Drostanolone — for the first and only time in his career.
Bonnar is also expected to provide commentary for future Bellator events.