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Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar I

Co-Main Event | Tournament Championship | 205 lbs

Forrest Griffin defeats Stephan Bonnar via 3 Round Decision

Mmaweekly large Forrest Griffin
Mmaweekly large "The American Psycho" Stephan Bonnar

Round 3

Forrest Griffin Stephan Bonnar

"The American Psycho"

9-2-0   Pro Record At Fight   7-1-0
Climbed to 10-2   Record After Fight   Fell to 7-2
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
Las Vegas, Nevada   Fighting out of   Las Vegas, Nevada
25 years, 9 months, 1 day   Age at Fight   28 years, 5 days
205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs)
6'3" (191cm)   Height   6'4" (193cm)
77.0" (196cm)   Reach   80.0" (203cm)
Xtreme Couture   Gym   Xtreme Couture
The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
  • Bout Information
  • Event: The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
  • Date: Saturday 04.09.2005
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: Cox Pavilion
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 8 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary:
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Griffin Total Disclosed Pay: $10,000
  • Bonnar Total Disclosed Pay: $5,000
  • Title on Line: Tournament Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: N/A
  • Tournament: TUF Season 1 Light Heavyweight
  • Tournament Round: Finals
  • Event Links:

Griffin vs. Bonnar I Wiki Update Wiki

Without the surprise success of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, which premiered in 2005 on Spike TV, the UFC might not be here today. What’s more, the battle between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar during the live finale was not only one of the best fights of the year, but also managed to rope in a casual fan audience that the UFC had been salivating over for years. For these reasons, Forrest Griffin versus Stephan Bonnar I is thought by many the most important fight in the history of MMA.

The first round was a back and forth standup war, with both fighters landing hard looping punches and counters. Griffin eventually took Bonnar’s back at the end of the round, but was unable to secure a submission before time expired. Rogan: “What a battle of wills. I would hate to have to score this fight.” The second round saw a continuation of the back and forth action from the first, with Bonnar cutting Griffin open with hard punches while his opponent attempted to land knees from the clinch. The technical portion of the standup exchanges had given way to a bloody slugfest. The ordinarily hyperbolic fight announcers this time captured the sequence of events with perfect accuracy. Rogan: “This is just a battle of attrition here. These guys are leaving nothing in the tank.” Goldberg: “This truly is one of the greatest moments in UFC history.” Both fighters stood toe to toe once again in the final round, battling tooth and nail for the last five minutes of the fight until Forrest Griffin emerged with the decision victory. Rogan: “I think this is the craziest fight I’ve ever seen.” UFC prez Dana White, overcome by the drama, awarded Bonnar as well as Griffin a UFC contract.

White has been quoted many times as saying that the war between Griffin and Bonnar was the most important fight in UFC history. It was one of the most dramatic fights in the sport’s history and it happened during the UFC’s first live show on cable television. Three years after winning the first ever TUF tournament, Forrest Griffin went on to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in 2008, a testament to his talent and a vindication of the reality show format.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:43 PM ET
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