Anderson Silva: Why He Cannot Take Stephan Bonnar Lightly

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  UFC fighter Anderson Silva arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Many people believe Anderson Silva is getting a cookie when he fights Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153. While most agree that Silva is obviously the better fighter and should win the fight, Bonnar will not be an easy opponent.

In that right, Silva cannot take Bonnar lightly one bit.

Yes, Silva is the best fighter in the world. Yes, Bonnar has tooled a ton of tough guys. And yes, Silva can clown most light heavyweights in the UFC.

However, Bonnar is a fighter that always fights with a purpose. Bonnar has the never-die attitude and is always in the fight.

Fighting a guy that is 20 pounds heavier than fighters you normally fight at 185 is another story. If a guy like Chael Sonnen can manhandle Silva with takedowns, what makes you think a bigger guy like Bonnar couldn't?

Okay, so Sonnen has a great wrestling pedigree and Bonnar doesn't come from a powerhouse wrestling background. But Bonnar mixes up his striking well enough to put Silva on his back.

In that regard, Silva better be taking this training camp seriously. Bonnar has always been the underdog, but this is the type of situation where these Rudy-like figures realize what these opportunities mean and do everything they can to capitalize on it.

So, come fight night, Anderson Silva takes a big risk in fighting Bonnar. Many don't see it as a risk because he is supposed to dominate, but a loss would be huge for Silva.