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Stephan Bonnar Has Some Harsh Words for 'Broke' Tito Ortiz

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 29: Mixed martial arts fighter Stephan Bonnar arrives at the grand opening of the CatHouse at the Luxor Resort & Casino December 29, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Dustin FilloyFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2013

Former UFC light heavyweight great Tito Ortiz has teased the idea of a potential comeback to MMA.

One of Ortiz's fellow UFC Hall of Famers, Stephan Bonnar, has yet to hint at a return from retirement, although he apparently still enjoys stirring up friction.

Bonnar, who retired in October, less than a month after getting outclassed by Anderson Silva at UFC 153, wasted little time responding to Ortiz's claim that he didn't deserve his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Fan APE12A caught up with Bonnar at the UFC Fan Expo before UFC 162 and elicited this response from the runner-up of The Ultimate Fighter Season 1.

"I'm just gonna call it how it is. I'm gonna help him out. We all know he's broke. We know Jenna took all his money. You know, Punishment Clothing—the only people I see wearing that nowadays are homeless people. His management company, you know—not making any money there. So I'm gonna help the poor guy get paid."

Ortiz, the owner of Punishment Athletics, retired in July 2012 following his loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 148. In his last 10 fights, which included just one title bout (a loss to Chuck Liddell), Ortiz mustered a 2-7-1 record.

After a year of being comfortably retired, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" made his first genuine indication that he could return to MMA via Twitter on July 10.

"Nice 2be a free agent. Need 2make a big decision 4my future 4my kids future. Nice 2 have a great surrounding and 2be healthy. #Positive 7yrs."

Bonnar tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone following his devastating loss to "The Spider," and subsequently got banned for a year from the UFC.

In the wake of Bonnar's UFC 153 debacle, "The American Psycho" announced his retirement at the age of 35.

Bonnar got inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame alongside fellow The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 finalist Griffin at the UFC Fan Expo. Bonnar didn't, however, suggest that he has plans for a comeback, even for the potential opportunity to settle things with Ortiz.

 

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