Bloody Elbow's Josh Nason today mentioned an oft repeated tautology of sports; a win is a win. There is no doubt that the logic of that statement is rhetorically and philosophically true . However, when context is provided, rhetorical value is fundamentally undermined.
Enter Stephan Bonnar. A long time staple of the UFC who has competed for the promotion fourteen times professionally and twice in exhibition bouts in the Ultimate Fighter house. He is best known for his "American Psycho" fighting style and career defining moment in 2005 in a spirited and ugly brawl with Forrest Griffin. A fight that he lost unanimously. In the year between that fight and their rematch, it was clear who became a better fighter. It was a showcase that the work ethic and determination of Forrest Griffin made him into an ever improving fighter while Bonnar stagnated and tested positive for performance enhancing substances. Since then, he has gone 1-1 with the only opponent that even hardcore fans could pick out of a lineup and lost to Mark Coleman who was decade past his expiration date.
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