“Nobody has ever walked through me.”
That’s 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’s 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 ‘American Psycho’ is definitely not getting in there to lie down.
“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,” Bonnar says.
“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.”
“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.”
Saturday night’s card, which has Anderson and Bonnar in the main event, also offers Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira versus Dave Herman and a chance to see two of the most exciting new talents in the UFC - Glover Teixeira and Erick Silva – take on serious tests in Fábio Maldonado and Jon Fitch respectively.