Any fan could see that the circumstances for Stephan Bonnar were less than ideal prior to his Bellator 131 bout with Tito Ortiz (pictured above).
Bonnar, well known for his stint on The Ultimate Fighter’s first season, last had a full training camp in 2011 — a win over Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 139. He hadn’t fought since a disastrous appearance on short notice at UFC 143 against Anderson Silva.
That night, Bonnar failed to make it out of one round, then, perhaps worse, he failed in his post-fight drug testing.
But, as Bonnar revealed to MMA Junkie Radio yesterday, things were worse than many expected for Bonnar — who “hadn’t been in the gym at all” when he took the bout three months ago.
In addition, Bonnar describes getting “harassed,” mysteriously, the night before the bout:
“One of the reasons I was tired was some bizarre s–t was going down the night before. I was asleep, and there’s like a pounding on my door, and it’s a pizza delivery guy. I go back to sleep, (but) my room phone keeps ringing, like, what the f–k? I took it off the hook, I go back to sleep, and all of a sudden, there’s people knocking on my door again. It’s three girls saying they’re my biggest fans saying they want to hang out. It was really bizarre. So at 5 in the morning, I ended up going next door to Motel 6 and getting a room there so I could sleep. I can’t say Tito did this, but it was just really bizarre that that happened.”
Bonnar describes himself as “completely and utterly gassed” by the end of the second round, but he hung on to lose a split decision. Ortiz was fined by the California State Athletic Commission for throwing a water bottle and making obscene gestures at his opponent after the bout.