UFC 153's Anderson Silva refuses to take 'dangerous' Stephan Bonnar 'lightly'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Brazilian MMA superhero Anderson Silva says Stephan Bonnar is a 'dangerous' opponent who has the ability to shock the world. But, can the "American Psycho" really do it against the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game at UFC 153?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva did Dana White a solid by stepping up to the plate and accepting a short notice fight against Stephan Bonnar in what will be the third trip to light heavyweight for "The Spider" with the promotion.

The two will headline UFC 153, which goes down in a little more than two weeks, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 13, 2012. The unusual match up came up when the original main event, Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, was scratched because of an injury "Scarface" suffered following a car accident in his native Brazil.

Looking to avoid another UFC 151 catastrophe, Zuffa officials turned to Silva and he gladly obliged, agreeing to the bout against "The American Psycho" at 205 pounds.

According to the Brazilian bomber, he did so because he feels a responsibility as the champion of a company that has helped him so much throughout his professional career.

He said as much at today's (Oct. 4, 2012) UFC 153 media conference call.

"I've got that responsibility on my back and I'm part of the UFC family. Everyone can do what they can to help. It was a case where the event might have been cancelled and I'm just doing my part. If my team said I wasn't in the condition to do that, I wouldn't do it. In this situation I felt like I could step up and save the show."

Though most fight fans, odds makers included, feel the match up is lopsided, Silva doesn't see it that way. He feels that taking an opponent lightly inside the Octagon is a dangerous game to play.

"In my opinion, Stephan Bonnar is a great athlete and a part of the history of the UFC. He has a ton of value in the UFC. He is a very dangerous guy. He's good on his feet, a good wrestler, has good groundwork and has good takedown defense. You can't take anyone lightly in there because anything can happen. You can get submitted or knocked out at any time."

Previously, Silva was successful in his two fights at light heavyweight, defeating James Irvin and Forrest Griffin rather handily.

Though his 185-pound title won't be on the line in Brazil, perhaps the aura surrounding him will be. A loss to Bonnar, who isn't ranked in the top 10 at the moment, would be disastrous and perhaps take some luster of his near mint legacy.

Maybe Silva recognizes this and is the reason he knows that despite not being one of the highest ranked fighters in the world, one well placed punch from Bonnar can send his world crashing down.

What are the chances of that happening?

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