Stephan Bonnar is a professional wrestler, a retired professional Light Heavyweight MMA fighter with the UFC, a two-time Golden Gloves Champion and holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do.

Bonnar joined Black Belt Magazine for FightBack, a week-long fundraising event for Red Cross' efforts to support first responders, medical staff, and others on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. This session was hosted by Nate Quarry, a fellow (former) MMA fighter and TV host and analyst. They talked about their time on The Ultimate Fighter, training, and what the future holds.

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At first glance, most people — most martial artists, even — will zero in on the smaller person in any fight and deem him or her to be at a distinct disadvantage. It's a natural tendency to draw this conclusion based on obvious attributes such as height, weight and reach. However, that tendency does not always lead to accurate conclusions.

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