Over the past few weeks, much has been said about UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar’s durability and for good reason. “The American Psycho” has never been stopped with strikes or a submission in 22 professional pairings including those against Lyoto Machida and Jon Jones.
UFC 153 opponent Anderson Silva is well-aware of Bonnar’s reputation for toughness and, as a result, wants to put him away in the opening round of their headlining tilt rather than risk involvement in an all-out, fifteen-minute melee.
“This is a tricky night for me Saturday,” said Silva in an interview with the UFC of their meeting this weekend. “He has good BJJ and brings the fight. If I have the chance, I will finish this fight in one round. Stephan Bonnar always fights so hard. I will have more speed, more agility than him, but I don’t know about the power. So if I see the chance, I will finish this quickly.”
As evident from his statement, though oddsmakers may not be giving Bonnar a chance, Silva certainly isn’t making that mistake. The polished Brazilian’s reputation as the pound-for-pound best in MMA is on the line, as is an impressive unbeaten streak inside the Octagon.
“I want to retire undefeated in the UFC,” explained Silva on how important a win over Bonnar is to him on a personal front.
Silva is currently 15-0 in the UFC including a series of consecutive title-defenses and a few wins over 205-pounders (like Bonnar) as well including former champion Forrest Griffin.
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