‚ÄúNobody has ever walked through me.‚ÄĚ
That‚Äôs the defiant message from UFC light-heavyweight Stephan Bonnar, who faces the middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a one-off special 205lbs superfight on this weekend‚Äôs UFC 153 card in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Pundits are giving Bonnar slightly less chance the proverbial feline in hell when it comes to the likelihood of his beating Anderson, or even making it to the finish line. And while they are entirely right to do so, the ‚ÄėAmerican Psycho‚Äô is definitely not getting in there to lie down.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm 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‚Äôm going to give everything, fight my heart out, like I did in the fight with Forrest Griffin (in 2005) which changed the sport,‚ÄĚ Bonnar says.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs what I bring to the cage that Anderson maybe hasn‚Äôt seen too many times in his career. I‚Äôve got to give him a fight, I‚Äôm got to get him on the back foot, rough him up, and that‚Äôs what I‚Äôm going to do.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been hit by bigger, stronger guys and never been stopped. I mean, look at every fight I‚Äôve ever had - I‚Äôve 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.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI get in there any go after it,‚ÄĚ the American Psycho said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt stall, I don‚Äôt 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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve never really had the best of luck in my career. I‚Äôve 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.‚ÄĚ
Saturday night‚Äôs card, which has Anderson and Bonnar in the main event, also offers Rodrigo ‚ÄėMinotauro‚Äô Nogueira versus Dave Herman and a chance to see two of the most exciting new talents in the UFC - Glover Teixeira and Erick Silva ‚Äď take on serious tests in F√°bio Maldonado and Jon Fitch respectively.
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