Stephan Bonnar on leaving Xtreme Couture


Jeremy Botter: Tell me about the importance of starting your jiu-jitsu training with Carlson Gracie.

Stephan Bonnar: I mean, he’s like the original jiu-jitsu pedigree. He’s Carlos Gracie’s son. It doesn’t get any higher up than that on the jiu-jitsu chain, really. So he brought me up in this sport. Unfortunately, he passed away, but now I’m with Sergio Pehna now and I got my black belt from him. And he’s right up there on that chain with the Gracies. I feel like I’ve been lucky enough to have some really good jiu-jitsu teachers. That’s a real strength for me in my fights if I need it.

JB: What led you to leave Xtreme Couture and go to Nick’s?

SB: I’m just the kind of guy that needs that coach. Couture’s is a great place to get work in and spar, but as far as having a coach take you and get you ready for a fight, I didn’t really have that there. Every guy is getting ready for their fight and everybody cares about themselves. And now at this gym I’ve got a good coach who is really helping me get ready and working on specific things with me. And also, we have other guys there who are my training partners and who are helping me get ready, who are pushing me. It’s great, because when someone else has a fight coming up, I’m in there helping them get ready. It’s a good feeling with good guidance and a good coach. I like it. I feel like I’m at the top of my game.

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Fake Rassler site profile image  

11/24/10 9:14 AM by Fake Rassler

IMO Bonnar is a douche who pissed on his friends and family when he got famous. At least he seems to have got his shit together so I guess its ok for him to win another 1 or 2

BigWilliam site profile image  

11/24/10 9:11 AM by BigWilliam

Better to have him fighting than announcing.

Chris Power site profile image  

11/24/10 9:08 AM by Chris Power

Glad to see things turning around for Bonnar a bit, who is a all-around cool dude.He's had a rough run of things the last few years.

Fake Rassler site profile image  

11/24/10 9:06 AM by Fake Rassler

Bisping has way more stoppages than Bonnar does

WestsideStrangler site profile image  

11/24/10 9:03 AM by WestsideStrangler

 " That’s a real strength for me in my fights if I need it." If you need it?  Damn if that's yer strength then use it don't wait to need it.  I think people (especially BJJ guys lately) wait a lil too long to use it and then by that time they're a lil tired and sweaty and it makes it much harder to finish with.

StoutGapedTheQueen site profile image  

11/24/10 8:53 AM by StoutGapedTheQueen

Bonnar is one of my favourites to watch. He always fights dog fights! The pose he did after his last fight was legendary.  

QueenKong site profile image  

11/24/10 8:22 AM by QueenKong

Good for Bonnar!I hope he does well in his upcoming contest vs Igor P.I've come to like him much more since listening to him on WEC.Idk why but he always seemed kinda snobbish and I always rooted against him until he did the commentating.He's a good commentator imo and seems a nice person.

Italians Copy Greeks site profile image  

11/24/10 8:20 AM by Italians Copy Greeks

 I'm a fan. I always thought that he'd be around the top 10. i think he puts entertainment first and his record has suffered. He should be able to out point nearly anyone with his boxing and his BJJ should be good enough to deal with a guy who takes him down. 

asbury site profile image  

11/24/10 8:07 AM by asbury

love bonnar (no homo)

naderhood site profile image  

11/24/10 8:06 AM by naderhood

 I always liked the way Bonnar fights, He's def not in there to win points like Bisping. He's in there to brawl