Stephan Bonnar Says Professional Wrestling Feels More Like A Hobby

Retired MMA fighter Stephan Bonnar says Pro Wrestling has been more enjoyable.

Back in 2014, Stephan Bonnar was in his last mixed-martial arts bout after a thirteen year career in promotions like UFC and Bellator. In 2017, Bonnar followed the paths of professional wrestlers like Matt Riddle and Shayna Baszler and made the transition from modern MMA to professional wrestling.

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In an interview with SportsKeeda, Bonnar said training for professional wrestling has been a lot more fun than training for a fight.

"It’s not even close to how miserable it is training for an MMA fight. When you do MMA it’s an obvious kind of fun, but when you have to get ready for a fight, you literally go through hell every day and you have trouble getting out of bed. That’s really hard," said Bonnar. "So, for pro wrestling it’s been more of a hobby. I go in there once or twice a week, and I’m trying to learn maybe one or two more moves a day," he added.

In the rest of the interview, Bonnar explained he feels less pressure in professional wrestling because the result of the match is not his primary concern and he learned to take the falls in professional wrestler back in his Judo training.

The full interview is available at

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