MONTREAL – UFC President Dana White today said he hasn't spoken to Stephan Bonnar following the retired fighter's positive steroid test and doesn't want to at the moment.
"I haven't even answered his phone call," White said. "I don't hate him, but I just don't want to talk to him right now."
White also confirmed that heavyweight Dave Herman agreed to undergo a drug treatment program.
The pair of fighters tested positive for illicit substances following UFC 153, which took place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Bonnar tested positive for steroid Boldenone, while Herman was flagged for marijuana, the UFC announced earlier this month.
Bonnar and Herman had previously tested positive for steroids and marijuana, respectively.
The promotion subsequently announced it had suspended Bonnar one year while Herman was suspended six months and ordered to undergo a drug treatment program.
Just a few days before his positive test was revealed, Bonnar announced his retirement from the sport after an 11-year career.
Apparently, Bonnar called White to explain his side of the story but didn't get through.
"I think the thing that bums me out the most about the Bonnar thing is he didn't tell me," White said. "I offered you this fight. He wasn't planning on fighting. He said he was practicing to maybe do some pro wrestling. I've known Stephan for a long time, we have a great relationship – tell me. That's the thing that disappoints me the most."
Bonnar is one of two fighters White credits for the UFC's success. His three-round barnburner with Forrest Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale sealed his place as a company man, making him immune from being cut by the promotion whether he lost or won.
Bonnar also several times acted as a commentator for the now-defunct WEC and served as an MMA analyst for FOX during UFC broadcasts. White couldn't say whether the positive test might affect his future behind the mic.
There are many paths to freedom....not all are peaceful.
Dana gave Bonnar the opportunity to fight the biggest star in the company on the main event(which Bonnar hasn't done in years) and Bonnar decided to cheat. Just imagine if Bonnar had have pulled out the win(major longshot to be sure), how much that would've severely fucked the company over.
Dana relied on a "company guy"(who'd already turned down the Glover fight on the same card) and Bonnar tried to pull a fast one.
I don't think Bonnar's blacklisted or on the forever do not call list, but I think Dana's allowed to be hot at him for a while....
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Eh, Dana tries to act like he is a father figure that is disappointed in his kids, but it's not like he is a mma saint. Cheating is wrong, but I don't think it is nearly as bad as Dana & company murdering the rankings system for a big pay day. I have lost all respect for Dana so it annoys me when he constantly belittles people. Bonnar deserves a great deal of shit, but I have a problem with the dude who got rich in part because of him, giving him the shit.