According to an Aug. 27 report from MMA Fighting, Stephan Bonnar has joined the Bellator MMA roster, approximately two years since retiring from the UFC. His last fight was at UFC 153, when he was knocked out by Anderson Silva. Bonnar, a former star of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, wasted no time making a splash with his new promotion, as he called out Tito Ortiz moments after signing his name on the dotted line.
Bonnar, 37, has a long-standing feud with Ortiz, dating back to 2012. The grudge match will likely finally be settled under the Bellator MMA banner, so long as both men are able to stay healthy. The feud between Bonnar and Ortiz stems from their UFC days, as the latter took exception to the reality show star's induction into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Ortiz thinks only UFC world champions should be in the UFC Hall of Fame, so he said he believes Bonnar doesn't deserve a spot there. Bonnar obviously was upset about hearing Ortiz's comments about him being in the UFC Hall of Fame. Bellator did not announce when Bonnar's promotional debut will be, but the promotion teased that he'll be fighting later this year.
No word yet on whether or not Bonnar's Bellator MMA debut will be against Ortiz or another opponent. Bellator may very well give Bonnar a warmup fight to get his feet wet before a brawl against an MMA legend such as Ortiz. As for Ortiz, his last fight was against Alexander Shlemenko. Ortiz beat Shlemenko on Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view card, in what was one of the biggest upsets of the year.
Ortiz hasn't yet made any official comment on Bonnar's signing with Bellator, but he would likely accept the fight under the right circumstances. UFC President Dana White has a strained relationship with Ortiz. However, he always stood by Bonnar and his UFC Hall of Fame credentials. He hasn't commented on Bonnar's signing with Bellator, but he is likely not too happy with it.