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The UFC was always fighting an uphill battle trying to promote Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar and now the promotion's talking head has resorted to a menial size advantage as a talking point.
You know and I know that Stephan Bonnar, despite a four-fight win streak and a legitimate legacy in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for his part in the famous Forrest Griffin fight at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 Finale, simply doesn't deserve a fight against the greatest fighter who ever lived.
The UFC knows it too. And the promotion and its talking heads are fighting an uphill battle with figuring out how to market it like a legitimate bout.
So far, it's been good. The angle taken in the early promos was that we could pay $55 to see the greatest fighter of all time take on a veteran with nothing to lose. So either we would see a spectacular knockout from the best ever or we would see the most monumental upset in the history of the sport.
But now that we're inching closer to showtime and UFC President Dana White is answer more and more questions and there's only so many answers to give. His latest appeal at the possible competitive nature of the bout comes in the form of Bonnar having a size advantage over Silva.
"He's huge, he's going to be so much bigger than Anderson in this fight that it's going to be crazy. People don't realize what a huge Rocky story this is. Stephan has been so close for so long. He's been waiting for a big fight to come up and then, boom, this comes up. Stephan called us to ask for this fight. He's on a four-fight win streak and I know how much this means to him. He's going after it and this is the biggest fight of his life. Anderson has fought at 205 before, you saw what he did with Forrest, but this is a completely different fight. It's a dangerous fight for Anderson."
You could argue that this is, in fact, a dangerous fight for Silva if only because it's possible he gets lazy, thinks he'll win in a blowout, and ends up surprised by how tough and durable Bonnar can be. Maybe "The American Psycho" even gets lucky and lands a few hard shots early when "The Spider" is feeling him out, leading to a few moments of panic.
But to say this is a dangerous fight because of those chances is a bit of stretch.
Promoters gotta promote.