Stephan Bonnar on UFC 153 Headliner: “I’m Going to Give Anderson Silva Hell”
By FCF Staff
In an effort to salvage a card that had lost two of its feature attractions due to injury, the UFC asked Stephan Bonnar to take on middleweight champion and Brazilian superstar Anderson Silva on October 13th.
While Bonnar (15-7) is currently riding a three fight win streak, the former TUF star didn’t foresee any high profile fights in his immediate future, until the UFC asked him to fight the renowned champion. Knowing he would be a massive underdog in the bout, which will take place in Silva’s native Brazil, Bonnar knew he had nothing to lose and agreed to the bout.
Here is some of what “The American Pyscho” had to say about this Saturday’s fight in a recent press release from the UFC.
“I’m going in there to fight him, not to just go in there and think it was cool to share an Octagon with Anderson Silva. I’m going to give everything, fight my heart out, like I did in the fight with Forrest Griffin (in 2005) which changed the sport. That’s what I bring to the cage that Anderson maybe hasn’t seen too many times in his career. I’ve got to give him a fight, I’m got to get him on the back foot, rough him up, and that’s what I’m going to do.
“I’ve been hit by bigger, stronger guys and never been stopped. I mean, look at every fight I’ve ever had – I’ve been hit with lots of big shots but I get up and keep coming. Anderson is so damn good, but no-one has ever walked through me and I will keep coming at him no matter what he throws my way.”
According to official stats from FightMetric, the American Psycho has landed more strikes in the Octagon than any light heavyweight in UFC history not named Tito Ortiz or Forrest Griffin, he has the fourth best takedown accuracy in the division at 44.7% and has attempted to finish fights with submissions more than any fighter in 205 pound history with the lone exception of Renato Sobral.
“I get in there any go after it,” the American Psycho said. “I don’t stall, I don’t get stood up (due to inactivity), I go out there any put it on my opponent and I am going to give Anderson Silva hell.
“Very rarely in life does a great opportunity come along for anyone. Getting the biggest shot of my career, when I had sort of retired, is kinda the story of my life. I’ve never really had the best of luck in my career. I’ve not had everything really fall into place for me. But now it really feels like all the stars are aligning just like it did on that magical night for the UFC back in 2005 when I fought Forrest Griffin for the first time.”
UFC 153 will be hosted by the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and the main card will be available via pay-per-view.