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Stephan Bonnar maintains creativity whether inside the Octagon or out

Stephan Bonnar made his UFC career after a thrilling bout with Forrest Griffin that helped put the UFC on the map. Now, as he continues to pile up wins, “The American Psycho” is looking for more.

Bonnar takes on Kyle Kingsbury this Saturday night at UFC 139 from San Jose, California. Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will meet in the main event, while Bonnar-Kingsbury is slated to start the pay-per-view card.

Bonnar has won two straight fights since a series of losses had him thinking about his MMA career. He stopped Krzysztof Soszynski to avenge an earlier loss in 2010, while claiming a decision victory over Igor Pokrajac. He suffered an MCL injury and has been on the sidelines since the Pokrajac win last December.

With Kingsbury providing a formidable foe, Bonnar said in a recent interview with the UFC’s website, “I will be chasing a bonus; I’m going for ‘Fight of the Night.’ I’m not going to fight a smart fight – I’m going to try to put people on the edge of their seats.”

In between fights and training, Bonnar has taken up a calling in T-Shirt designs. He has teamed up with Tom Scully to create “Punch Buddy” shirts of MMA fighters, offering a different style from the norm for MMA shirts.

“MMA T-Shirts are just too dark, it’s all about demons and skulls and horns and wings. That’s not what MMA is to me,” Bonnar said. “A lot of us are just normal guys with good senses of humor. So we wanted to do something funny so we started making ‘Punch Buddy’ shirts for a lot of fighters.”

Among those that have joined up with Bonnar include current UFC welterweight king Georges St. Pierre, former champions Brock Lesnar, TUF-buddy Griffin, and Rich Franklin, and rising stars like Melvin Guillard, Miguel Torres, Matt Mitrione, and Donald Cerrone. They also have a Bruce Buffer shirt in the works.

“It’s something I really enjoy,” Bonnar said. “It brings me joy to create something and see it come to life.”


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