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Former UFC fighter Stephen Bonnar facing DUI, other charges

October 30, 2018
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012, file photo, Brazil's Anderson Silva, right, throws a punch at Stephan Bonnar, of the United States, during their light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Authorities say Bonnar has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after allegedly driving recklessly on a Las Vegas freeway. Nevada Highway Patrol officials say Bonnar, seen left, was booked Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, into the Clark County Detention Center on a DUI charge, resisting an officer and traffic offenses. Highway Patrol officials say their dispatch center received multiple calls about a Cadillac speeding and making unsafe lane changes on Interstate 15. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say former UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after allegedly driving recklessly on a Las Vegas freeway.

Nevada Highway Patrol officials say Bonnar was booked Sunday into the Clark County Detention Center on a DUI charge (third offense), resisting an officer and traffic offenses.

It was unclear Monday if the 41-year-old Bonnar has a lawyer.

Highway Patrol officials say their dispatch center received multiple calls about a Cadillac speeding and making unsafe lane changes on Interstate 15 around 1:15 p.m. Sunday.

The vehicle was found along the highway about 10 miles north of the Las Vegas Strip.

A trooper reported smelling alcohol when putting handcuffs on Bonnar, who woke up and resisted arrest.

Bonnar was a 2013 inductee into the UFC’s Hall of Fame.

He hasn’t fought in the UFC since 2014, and he went just 8-6 during seven years with the promotion. The Indiana native still played a significant role in the UFC’s growth into the dominant promotion in mixed martial arts.

Bonnar was a contestant in 2005 on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the UFC’s long-running reality competition show. He reached the competition’s finale, where he had a spectacular, bloody brawl with Forrest Griffin.

Griffin won the decision, but the viral attention gained by the highly entertaining bout is widely credited with exposing the little-known sport to a larger worldwide audience online and on Spike TV, which broadcast it.

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