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Stephan Bonnar admits he was pretty impressed with Anderson Silva after being getting knocked out in the first round in Rio by "The Spider."
Going in an historic underdog, "The American Psycho" appeared undeterred by being counted out by just about everybody. He was determined to put Silva "through hell" and, in the process, shock the world by being the first man in six years to hand the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion a loss and perhaps write the perfect fairy tale ending to memorable career.
"The Spider" knocked out the original The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) runner up in the waning moments of the first round with a paralyzing knee that would have shook the core of just about anyone else on the receiving end.
After the loss, questions surfaced as to what exactly Bonnar's next move would be. Would he call it a career? Would he hang around just a little bit longer in hopes of getting a third fight against friend and rival Forrest Griffin? Or maybe take a cushy front office position with the UFC?
"The American Psycho" isn't sure what his next move will be at the moment; however, one thing is certain: Bonnar was impressed and in "awe" after what "The Spider" did to him on Saturday night.
He said as much on his appearance today (Oct. 13, 2012) on "The MMA Hour"
"I've never been kneed like that. I couldn't breathe at all. I couldn't move. I was just crippled, waiting for my body to be able to get some air. It felt like an eternity and the ref stopped it. When I saw the fight, I was like, 'Whoa, that was pretty quick.' It felt like I was trying to breathe longer than that. The way he placed that knee and timed it, the little trip and push, the whole setup and transition, yeah, there's a part of me that is in awe of him."
Though Bonnar cannot lay claim to being the first man to ever defeat Silva inside the Octagon, the Brazilian can now brag about becoming the first to ever finish the tough-as-nails Bonnar.
Despite the loss, Bonnar has no regrets on his performance:
"I'm definitely happy. I'm so thankful they gave me that fight. I'm apologetic that I didn't do better but whatever. I've got to get over that. But I'm happy. I have nothing to be ashamed of. Losing sucks and it's hard to swallow. I went in there with Anderson and followed my game plan and did what I had to do. That's MMA. One little mistake, one little opening is all it takes. With a guy like Anderson Silva, that's all he needs. He landed a perfect knee at a perfect time, and got the victory. Hats off to Anderson. I can honestly say I never had a fight where I look back and said I choked or didn't come to fight or I wasn't prepared. Even through terrible injuries and fighting sick, I still sucked it up and did my best. I have nothing to be ashamed of."
How about it, Maniacs, what do you think Bonnar's next move should be? Should he hang up his gloves and ride off into the sunset? Or maybe fill in for Chael Sonnen at UFC 155 and fight Forrest Griffin for a third time?