Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
There was a reason Anderson Silva was favored so big to beat Stephan Bonnar in the main event of UFC 153. It's because there was almost no way he wasn't winning and he did so impressively, stopping Bonnar in the first round with strikes.
The main event of UFC 153: "Silva vs. Bonnar" featured a light heavyweight match-up no one expected and no one asked for. But we got it anyway and it was Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva moving up in weight to battle journeyman Stephan Bonnar, who was all but retired before this evening.
So they met at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, tonight (Sat., Oct. 13, 2012) for a good old fashioned slugfest.
Or at least that's what was advertised. "The American Psycho" came rushing out throwing punches but quickly ducked under to the body for a clinch up against the cage. "The Spider's" takedown defense was good and he stayed on his feet where he wanted it all along.
Once they reset, Silva stood against the cage on purpose, taunting Bonnar. A spinning back kick missed badly and Silva went right back to the spot Bonnar just whiffed at.
Once Bonnar started landing shots, the middleweight champ just took them and smiled at it, standing in the same spot while toying with his foe. Then he started shifting around, ducking and dodging the shots.
Then, he struck.
A knee to the body sent Bonnar down and Silva went in for the kill like a lion with its prey wounded and helpless. Thankfully, a referee was there to mercifully end the suffering and that was that.
Anderson Silva via first round knockout.
Unfortunately, color commentator Joe Rogan instead decided to focus on calling out Silva for not wanting to fight Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. That may end up being the focus now in the wake of yet another dominant victory but we'll have to stay tuned for that.
For now, the pound-for-pound greatest ever just proved once again that he's damn near unstoppable.
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