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By Thomas Myers on Oct 14, 1:52p
The main event between Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar that headlined UFC 153 last night (Oct. 13, 2012) at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was billed as a “fun” fight. It was, and so, too, was the rest of the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, which we recap below.
UFC 153 featured the best mixed martial arts (MMA) ever, Anderson Silva, packing on 20 pounds to fight The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) O.G., Stephan Bonnar, in a 205-pound showdown booked in haste to “save” the pay-per-view (PPV) event because Jose Aldo can’t safely operate a motorcycle.
Despite Bonnar’s size advantage, it was a clear mismatch from the moment it was announced. “The American Psycho” is a tough, big guy, but he really had no business being locked inside a cage with “The Spider.” And after toying with Bonnar — deliberately standing in the corner of the cage and inviting Bonnar to punch him in the face — Silva flipped the switch and transitioned into Kill Mode.
Silva exploded of the fence, spun and then nailed Bonnar with a flying knee to the liver. Bonnar doubled-over instantly, collapsed and covered up to protect himself from the ensuing assault.
It was an amazing performance. Not because he finished the un-finishable Bonnar, but the way in which he toyed with a highly-trained grown man — a 6’4,” 225-pound man — and then at the drop of a dime, flipped the script and beat his ass.
I’ve never seen anything like it. And I’m not so sure we will again anytime soon. Anderson Silva is special.