The Brazilian won the match in front of a home crowd, kneeing Bonnar in the chest and hitting him with a barrage of punches before the referees called the bout.
After the match had ended, Silva then took a Brazilian flag and begun waving it around in celebration. A script for the ages, except this one was never written.
Only in UFC can the action go from barbaric force to raw emotion that viewers saw from Silva after midnight.
The win moves Silva to 33-4 in MMA bouts and 16-0 in UFC.
The middleweight champion changed weight classes three weeks before in order to fight Bonnar. It was the third time he had fought in the light heavyweight division. He hasn’t lost to those fighters, either.
Silva spoke humbly about his status amongst the all-time greats after the match (via USA Today):
"I'm not the best. I just believe I can do things that people think are impossible," Silva said. "I'm not going to fight at 205 again. I fought at 205 to save the event. I fight at 185 pounds. I was doing this just to save the event and put on a show for everybody."
Silva certainly has the right to call himself the greatest MMA fighter of all time, as his resume speaks for itself. He has stepped up time and time again in main events and has held the UFC Middleweight Championship for six years.
Even at 37 years old, Silva can take out his opponent in less than five minutes' time. He can add Bonnar to his list of beaten opponents: a star-studded one at that, including Henderson, Belfort and Griffin among others.
Bonnar can not only be an addition to his resume, but a retiree. This will most likely be his last bout of his career; only fitting it was Silva who put him to bed.
The best keep getting better. On yet another big stage, Silva added another accolade to his historic career.
I have a feeling that this night, though, in front of his home country, he will call the greatest moment of his career.
For UFC fans, there are too many to count.
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