Heading into UFC 153, many MMA fans expected Anderson Silva to put on a spectacular show against Stephan Bonnar, but “The Spider” exceeded expectations. He completely outclassed Bonnar, clowning the “Ultimate Fighter” season one finalist, before putting him out of his misery during the final minute of the first round.
Bonnar — who looked significantly bigger than Silva — actually came out with an intelligent game-plan at UFC 153, quickly pinning Silva against the cage. “The American Psycho” tried to rough Silva up, but he ended up getting the worst of the exchanges. When Silva eventually broke away from the cage, he shocked MMA fans around the world by going right back to the same spot, motioning Bonnar to give him his best shot. The Spider clearly wasn’t looking for an easy fight.
When Anderson Silva got tired of playing around, he tossed Bonnar to the canvas, before finishing him with a perfectly executed knee to the solar plexus. With the victory, Silva has now won 16 consecutive fights in the UFC.
Silva’s performance against Bonnar was masterful, as the Brazilian displayed martial arts at its highest form. He broke Bonnar — who had never been stopped in his entire MMA career coming into the fight — down mentally with his impressive technique, solidifying his role as the sports’ pound-for-pound king.
With the win against Bonnar, UFC fans are once again clamoring for a super-fight against current light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, but Silva didn’t seem interested in the matchup during the post-fight press conference. However, Anderson remains open to the idea of a super-fight against Georges St. Pierre.
UFC president Dana White vowed he’d find a way to make the Silva vs. Jones fight happen, so it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds.
Regardless of what happens next, Anderson Silva has already established himself as the greatest MMA fighter in history, and I don’t think either GSP or Jones will fare much better against him.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.