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Alibaster 09-20-2012 12:58 AM

Stephan Bonnar's gameplan to beat Silva: "I hope he breaks his hand on my head."
Haha... just came across this. Funny stuff. MMA's version of the Cinderella man... you never know!


No_Mercy 09-20-2012 02:24 AM

Here's the article. Funny stuff! I don't know what to expect because it's such an unlikely match up. Wonder if Bonnar is going to give the crowd what they want or if he's going with an actual game plan.

Lets go with a two round exhibition. At some point Bonnar is going to charge in as he usually does. That's when magic happens.

There comes a time in every fighters life when he knows he has more fights behind him than he has ahead.

For 35-year-old UFC light-heavyweight icon Stephan Bonnar, that time came after the last of three straight losses a TKO to Krzysztof Soszynski. Aside from marking his third straight loss, Bonnar had now dropped five of his last seven and there were whispers that the man who was part of arguably the most important fight in UFC history -- a slugfest with Forrest Griffin which put MMA and the UFC on the map -- could be dropped from the roster altogether.

Due to an inadvertant headbutt, Bonnar was given another chance at Soszynski and a shot at redemption, and like the fighter he's always been, the lumbering light-heavyweight snatched the opportunity and came forward with everything he had.

He knocked out Soszynski in their rematch four months later and went on to defeat Igor Pokrajac later in 2010 and Kyle Kingsbury in November of 2011.

Now in the twilight of his career, and no longer considered a legitimate contender, Bonnar began to campaign another shot at his longtime nemesis Forrest Griffin and suggested that the two coach a season of The Ultimate Fighter, a send-off of sorts, but nothing came of it.

Then, earlier this month, while in Tampa, Florida, in semi-retirement, Bonnar got the call of a lifetime.

"I was actually out of town in Tampa, and I just got word about [the fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 153] and I though it was a joke," Bonnar told InsideMMA. "I really didn't believe it. I go from retired basically, to the biggest fight I could have ever imagined. And it's crazy just how life changes, and all the sudden my phone's blowing up, and I'm cool again."

Bonnar has gone from an afterthought to the tip of every MMA fans tough of late, but not many give him a real chance to win. He currently sits at +700 meaning he's a 7-1 underdog, very long odds indeed. But Bonnar believes that anything can happen, especially when you have nothing to loose.

"Anything can happen in there, that's the beauty of fighting. I just got to go in there and do my best. He is the greatest striker and most accurate, yada, yada, yada, but really I got a good beard, and hopefully he breaks a hand and foot on my head and I take advantage of it.

"If I beat Anderson Silva, I can probably get another big fight for a big pay day, but how can I top that? I've had a hard enough time trying to top the Forrest fight all these years, imagine beating Anderson? How am I gonna top that? I mean that would be the dilemma I would love to have. Do I hang it up, and have this perfect storybook ending, or keep fighting and make a whole bunch of money and be rich?

I have no hesitation whatsoever, I love this kind of fight. I'm like a record setting underdog, I have nothing to loose. I'm in his backyard, there is no pressure on me. If I get my ass kicked by Anderson Silva, hey there is no shame in that, and if I beat him I'm going to rule the world."

iceman02 09-20-2012 04:11 AM

Bonner is one tough dude. He has never been knocked out. Iam not including doctor stopage because of cuts.

But it just shows how tough he can be. With some vasaline and hands covering his eyes he might take silva to 3 rounds

just look at his face after this fight BEASTT!!!

cdtcpl 09-20-2012 08:46 AM

Not gonna lie, it's a legit plan.

Dtwizzy2k5 09-20-2012 11:08 AM

If Bonnar wins this fight, they could legitimately make a movie out of it. Realistically though Silva can finish him whenever he wants, so it's really just a matter of whether or not he feels like toying with him or showing mercy like he did with Leites.

ClydebankBlitz 09-20-2012 11:10 AM

If Bonnar wins this fight, I want him to either retire of host the next TUF with Forrest. Both are the perfect endings to his career and seeing him get his ass kicked by Jones, Machida, Evans, Hendo etc. would just ruin the biggest upset of all time.

Calibretto9 09-20-2012 11:18 AM

Bonnar's strategy is legit. Maybe he'll headbutt Silva's punches ala Leben vs Bisping.

TraMaI 09-20-2012 04:19 PM

That last line is what I've been saying all along. Bonnar wins and he's a God. He loses and no one expected less. Shit it looks great for him if he can put up a fight, let alone win!

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Old school fan 09-20-2012 05:16 PM

Bonnar is awesome! Really hope he can win this (fool's hope :()

Woodenhead 09-21-2012 07:22 AM

hahaha Bonnar's a great dude. I see it as another Leben-Silva fight, except longer, but hey you never know. But his attitude is great. You can't help but at least grin, reading his comments. Always smiling, both inwardly & outwardly... that's how you do it, kids. Can't beat that.

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