When UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva steps inside the Octagon later this month to face Stephan Bonnar, he will do so as the much smaller fighter. The two will compete in the main event of UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar.
Typically, Silva enters as the larger fighter. However, with the bout being contested at light heavyweight, it will be Bonnar who has the size advantage in this one.
“he’s huge, he’s going to be so much bigger than Anderson in this fight that it’s going to be crazy,” said UFC president Dana White, in a recent interview with ESPN. “People don’t realize what a huge ‘Rocky’ story this is. Stephan has been so close for so long. He’s been waiting for a big fight to come up and then, boom, this comes up.”
Bonnar is a former Ultimate Fighter runner-up, but he has been unable to land that trademark victory. “The American Psycho” has been inside the Octagon with the likes of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and former division champs Lyoto Machida and Forrest Griffin in the past.
“Stephan called us to ask for this fight,” White said. “He’s on a four-fight win streak and I know how much this means to him. He’s going after it and this is the biggest fight of his life.”