Stephan Bonnar cemented The Ultimate Fighter as one of the most important things in the history of MMA when he and Forrest Griffin had their war in the finale of the first season. He fought on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter season 12 against Igor Pokrajac and won his second fight in a row.
Bonnar managed to fight a much more smart and disciplined fight than he is known to do throughout the three rounds. Rather than get into a mindless brawl, Bonnar repeatedly got takedowns and worked his advantage in the grappling department to dominate the fight. Most of the three rounds were spent with Bonnar on top utilizing a ground and pound attack.
Even with a clear decision, the fight was not without controversy. In the second round, while Bonnar was on top and in side control, Igor landed a series of illegal knees to the back of Bonnar's head. The knees opened a cut and led to a point deduction for Igor. Not to be outdone in the illegal blow department, Bonnar would land a series of hammerfists to the back of Pokrajac's head in the third round with 10 seconds left that forced a point to be deducted from him as well.
The point deductions led to all three judges scoring the bout 29-26 for Stephan Bonnar.