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Stephan Bonnar Talks Around Retirement Question

It was presented to UFC president Dana White Wednesday night on FUEL TV what the future might be for Stephan Bonnar. White had no answer, though he did say Bonnar would not be coaching on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

When the question about retirement was thrown back to Bonnar, who was part of the pre- and post-fight shows for UFC on FUEL TV: Munoz vs. Weidman, he failed to give a straight answer.

Bonnar helped push the UFC to where it is today thanks to his TUF final fight with Forrest Griffin. He has been promised a job in the promotion by White for as long as he wants it, though his fighting career appears to be winding down.

“I campaigned hard to be a coach on TUF (with Griffin),” Bonnar said. “I have no interest in fighting the next big thing (in MMA) because I’ve done that too much. If (another fight) is not meant to be, it’s not meant to be.”

Chael Sonnen, who has fielded several retirement questions of his own since a loss to Anderson Silva, said that Bonnar “was an inspiration. You (Bonnar and Griffin) inspired the next crew; we own you directly.”

The 35-year-old Bonnar holds an overall record of 14-7 and has won his last three. He has competed against the likes of Griffin, Mark Coleman, Jon Jones, Lyoto Machid and Rashad Evans during his 11-year career.