The injuries kept flying at the UFC. First, it was UFC 151 when Dan Henderson was forced to pull out of his fight with Jon Jones and the whole fight was cancelled, that was quickly followed by Jose Aldo being forced to pull out of his UFC 153 fight with Frankie Edgar (who was plugged in for an injured Eric Koch).
Just when it looked like all hope was lost and another fight may be cancelled, or at least severely crippled, two fighters stepped up. Stephan Bonnar and Anderson Silva agreed to fight in the main event at 205 pounds.
Silva is the reigning middleweight champion while Bonnar is a bit of a journeyman, but also a company man. Bonnar seemed to have one foot out the door. He refused to be a launching pad for young up and comers and stated that he wanted a big name opponent, he was going to fight again.
Due to injuries Bonnar has been given possibly the biggest fight of his UFC career.
Bonnar is a 7-to-1 underdog for his fight with Silva. To put this in gambling perspective in order to make a $100 profit you would need to lay $100 on the champion, but if you bet $100 on Bonnar you would make $700 if he wins.
With those unbelievable odds Bonnar has an opportunity to make history in the UFC. He’s been counted out by nearly everyone in this fight. Fans are questioning why this fight was even made and think that Silva will just run through him, but let’s for a second, ask ourselves how can it happen and what will happen if Bonnar wins.
Bonnar is a warrior. There’s a reason his nickname is the American Psycho and he’s shown that he won’t go down easily. In his MMA career Bonnar has never been knocked out. He’s had fights called due to cuts, but never has legitimately been finished by an opponent. Bonnar has put up impressive fights against former champions Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans and is currently on a three fight win streak.
He is willing to brawl with opponents and this may be key in a fight with Anderson Silva. Bonnar will need to pressure Silva, not allow him to figure out the range of Bonnar and make this an ugly fight. He’s very underrated on the ground and is one of the biggest fighters in the division (6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing in at 205 pounds).
A win for Bonnar launches his career to a new level that could give him an immediate title shot. He would never make the middleweight limit, but could get an immediate shot at Jones.
Bonnar is playing with house money. He has nothing to lose in this fight. If Bonnar loses, it’s what everyone expected, but if he wins, it’s the biggest upset in UFC history some could argue. Bonnar will be fearless in this fight and that may be the scariest part about the UFC 153 main event.