Stephan Bonnar and Top 5 UFC Fighters from Whom Fans Expect Too Much
"With great power comes great responsibility." This line from the movie Spider Man was proven true last weekend at UFC 139 when we saw fan-favorite Stephan Bonnar booed by UFC fans for the first time.
Bonnar managed to notch a one-sided victory over The Ultimate Fighter cast member Kyle Kingsbury. But although the fight ended in a one-sided fashion in favor of Bonnar, the audience still seem to dislike the way the fight unfolded, as the majority of the battle occurred on the ground.
Even though Bonnar, who is also a former cast member of the reality show The Ultimate Fighter, showcased a lot of skills on the ground, the fans seem to prefer to see him banging on the feet because of his past performance against Forrest Griffin.
The question after the fight: Do fans expect too much from Bonnar?
Luckily, he's not alone. Here are my list of fighters who seem to have a responsibility to please the audience.
No. 5: Wanderlei Silva
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Every time Wanderlei Silva fights, fans seem to expect "The Axe Murderer" to give them a hell of a slug-fest fight, although the Brazilian is not in his prime anymore.
Silva seems to have taken to heart this expectation in every fight. The problem is in his last nine fights, he has come up at the wrong end of a knockout four times. Lucky for him, he was the one to inflict a KO against his opponent in his previous fight.
No. 4: Chris Leben
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Chris "The Crippler" Leben truly has an above-average striking ability compared to other fighters in the middleweight division. But the UFC may have expected too much from his striking ability when it decided to put him against Anderson Silva in the Brazilian's debut in the organization.
The result, as all we know, was brutal. Leben lost to Silva via knockout in a match that turned out to be a mismatch in the stand-up department.
No. 3: Forrest Griffin
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As with Stephan Bonnar, fans expect too much from Forrest Griffin every time he fights. UFC fans seem to expect a three-round war whenever Griffin steps inside the Octagon.
Thus, since he fought against Anderson Silva and got knocked out very easily in the first round, his name has been a laughing matter in different MMA forums.
No. 2: Georges St-Pierre
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Georges St-Pierre has all the charisma of a true UFC champion. Nonetheless, he was often criticized by fighting fans whenever he was not able to finish a fight.
Fans seem to put a lot of pressure on him to see him end fights via KO or submission, given that his strength is his wrestling skill.
No. 1: Anderson Silva
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Anderson Silva finishes fights. That's a fact.
But when he hasn't KO'd his opponents, fans seem to call for him to finish his career. In fact, even UFC President Dana White threatened to cut him in the UFC if he repeats his performance against Demian Maia.