clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Dana White reacts to Stephan Bonnar arrest - ‘He’s a great dude and it’s unfortunate’

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar has fallen on hard times after being arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) last weekend in Las Vegas. Police also found an AR-15 rifle, an empty bottle of Smirnoff vodka, and a pill bottle for the prescription pain reliever Celecoxib.

Making matters even worse for “American Psycho” is the disturbing body cam footage captured by police showing how intoxicated Bonnar truly was when officers yanked him out of his car.

Bonnar, 41, hasn’t compete in professional mixed martial arts (MMA) since a split-decision loss to Tito Ortiz under the Bellator banner back in 2014. His last UFC fight was a TKO loss to Anderson Silva back in 2012, in which Bonnar tested positive for anabolic steroids (Drostanolone).

Still, the UFC Hall of Famer remains one of the most important fighters in the history of the sport given his ground-breaking performance opposite Forrest Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale that essentially catapulted MMA to the forefront of combat sports.

UFC president Dana White, who has witnessed the rise and fall of Bonnar firsthand, weighed in on the veteran’s scary arrest in a recent interview with TMZ Sports (shown above)

“He’s a great dude and it’s unfortunate, but it happens to people,” said White. “I’m obviously sad about it because he’s a guy that I care about and was part of season one of The Ultimate Fighter.”

”It bums me out.”

White is no stranger to seeing current and former fighters run into trouble outside of the cage, but considering Bonnar played such an intricate part to the UFC president’s own success this has to hit home more than most.

Bonnar is currently scheduled for a court hearing on Nov. 26 to determine what’s next.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania