By Benjamin Bieker
It has been a while since we saw Stephan Bonnar in the Octagon, and the last time he fought he tested positive for steroids. The reasons why Bonnar took a banned substance was unknown, but many people speculated and their thoughts ran the gauntlet. The one persons whose opinion probably meant the most was not voiced until now.
“Believe it or not, there are some therapeutic uses to some of the banned substances. Bottom line, I wanted to get my strength back. I was very weak. My body didn’t feel good, my joints didn’t feel good.”
So, essentially Bonnar was facing a lot of the problems that is many fighters today are facing. He may, after many hard years of training, had low levels of testosterone, and his recovery and body were not performing at the levels he was used to. Whether or not it was right to use a banned substance was not the question in his eyes, because he saw himself as retired.
“The truth of the matter is, I’ve been out of action a long time and I’d been holding out trying to get the big fights and they weren’t coming. I met with Dana multiple times and he told me straight up, ‘What you’re asking for is not going to happen and I think you should retire.’ And we both kind of came to an agreement that the best thing for me to do is to retire.”
So, Bonnar was only taking these substances, because he thought he was never going to fight again. At the end of the day, it was not why he took it, because he had still taken the banned substance. Bonnar rationalizes that he did not think the drug would show up in the system.
“The research will tell you that the detection for that particular one is like one or two months. When I took this fight, I had exactly three weeks to train and shed 35 pounds. Do you really think after I heard I was going to get this fight I would take something that was going to be in my system?”That was the hardest thing, too. You know, there’s no way if I thought there was any possibility of it showing up, that I would have taken the fight.”
Is it not worse that he took the fight and thought that he would not test positive for a banned substance? Is that not the same as someone who cycles off steroids before a bout or overdoes their TRT treatment? In the end, none of that matters because Bonnar says he feels the worst about letting down his longtime employer. He was always seen as an employee for the UFC forever because of his contributions in the first TUF finale, but he has not heard from Dana White since his fight with Anderson Silva.
What are your thoughts?