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Stephan Bonnar retires, pops positive

If you thought Dana White’s tired and harried ‘Yes, Bonnar is retired’ announcement during a UStream chat was an ignoble way for Stephan Bonnar to go out, this is only going to make it worse:

UFC 153 fighters Stephan Bonnar (15-8 MMA, 8-7 UFC) and Dave Herman (21-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) each tested positive for banned substances in their post-fight drug screens. ( today confirmed with Ultimate Fighting Championship officials that all 24 fighters who competed at this past month’s UFC 153 event in Brazil were tested, and Bonnar and Herman were the lone two competitors who failed the screen.

Bonnar tested positive for Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, while Herman’s screen was flagged for marijuana metabolites.

This is the second time Stephan Bonnar has tested positive for steroids, and I gotta tell you I’m not all that surprised considering the softball sized abs he was showing off during UFC 153 fight week. Plus he hangs out with former WWE star Batista, a guy who looks so juicy that anyone rolling with him probably gets coated in a sheen of pharmaceutical grade goo.

But in an age where fighters are granted secret testosterone exemptions, is this really all that big of a deal? Does this take away from Bonnar’s signature achievement: breaking the sport into the mainstream in his hallmark fight against Forrest Griffin? I personally don’t think so. At this point I’m so numb to steroid use that it barely makes me blink. Of course he was using. Him and half the other guys in the UFC. He’s just not rich enough to use the stuff that doesn’t show up.