According to officials with Bellator MMA, Stephan Bonnar has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion.

Bonnar, who retired in 2012 after his defeat to Anderson Silva, is most known for his epic battle with Forrest Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter season 1 finale. Now, after two years of retirement, Bonnar will once again be fighting. Only this time, it will be inside the Bellator MMA cage.

“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. “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.”

“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. “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.”

It has also been reported that Bonnar will not only be fighting, but could also possibly find himself doing on-air commentating and analysis. Bonnar is expected to make his promotional debut this year on Spike TV.



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