Silva vs. Bonnar: Keys to Victory for Silva at UFC 153

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured 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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Anderson Silva, whether many believe it or not, has a fight on his hands at UFC 153. Stephan Bonnar is no joke and will make sure Silva stays honest.

Silva needs to take this fight seriously, as Bonnar will make this one worth watching. So, here are the keys for Anderson Silva's victory.

First, he needs to use his quickness and athleticism to dodge Bonnar's onslaught of strikes. He has the elusiveness to make sure Bonnar misses, so he must use it.

Also, he must use the clinch to inflict damage on "The American Psycho." His Thai clinch usually leads to devastating knees and if he gets those knees going, Bonnar will take some heavy damage.

Avoiding Bonnar's takedowns will also be key. Bonnar will have a game plan that will likely be to put Silva on his back. He is bigger than a usual Silva opponent and will have more effective takedowns just due to his size.

Silva struggled against Chael Sonnen's takedowns at 185, so, should Bonnar look for takedowns, Silva may find some trouble. Bonnar is bigger than Sonnen and could be a serious threat to plant Silva on the mat despite not having a wrestling pedigree like Sonnen.

The final key to the fight will just be to fight like Anderson Silva fights. Silva is the greatest fighter on the planet and usually displays that.

However, there have been times where he hasn't taken fights serious or has clowned around in fights. If he does that here, he will be in trouble. 

Come out striking and outwork Stephan Bonnar. That should be Anderson Silva's goal in this fight because it will allow him to win.