Stephan Bonnar’s 2005 fight against Forrest Griffin was a historic moment in MMA, and he’ll get another opportunity to make some more history when he faces Anderson Silva at UFC 153.
“It really came by surprise, honestly,” Bonnar said during a conference call. “I campaigned for some big fights but I couldn’t get them, so in my head, I was really trying to get over the whole fighting thing. … Yeah, a chance to fight the greatest pound-for-pound [fighter] in the world in a place like Brazil is just crazy. It feels like I’m in a movie.”
Silva and Bonnar will square up on Oct. 13, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Neither man was originally scheduled to be a part of the UFC 153 card, but the promotion came up with the idea, after injuries forced Jose Aldo and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out of their respective fights.
Silva — who is the current middleweight champion — will move up to the light-heavyweight division to face Stephan Bonnar, and he’s a huge favorite going into the fight.
However, anything can happen at any given time in MMA, and there is a slight possibility that Bonnar will pull off the upset. Vitor Belfort certainly reminded us all of that fact, when he almost finished Jon Jones with an armbar during the first round of their UFC 152 encounter.
Bonnar is going into the fight with the right attitude, and he is the taller, rangier fighter. “The American Psycho” is tough as nails, and I can’t see him going down without a fight.
Even though I expect Anderson to emerge victorious at UFC 153, I do think the fight between the two will be a lot more competitive than many seem to think. Bonnar has been around MMA for quite some time, and I don’t think he’ll be intimidated by Silva. I’m sure he’ll come out swinging, and he won’t stop until Silva puts him away.
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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.