MANILA, Philippines – Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar hopes that his upcoming bout versus mixed martial arts (MMA) pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva will top what he has achieved in the Forrest Griffin fight.
Bonnar is best remembered for his three-round, all-out, toe-to-toe battle against Griffin, which was considered a milestone in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history.
UFC’s Dana White labeled the Bonnar-Griffin fight in 2005 as the "most important fight in UFC history" because it launched MMA to the mainstream consciousness.
Bonnar lost the fight by unanimous decision, but he became a fan favorite because of his grit and tenacity.
He was also granted a UFC contract after the fight.
“The motto I've always have in fighting is if you don't give up, you won't lose,” said Bonnar in UFC.com. “I lost that fight but look at the doors that opened after that.”
Seven years after the career-defining bout, Bonnar appeared ready to hang his gloves.
That was until he was called up to fly to Brazil and face Silva.
“In my head I was retired... and then I got the offer to fight Anderson Silva, I just can't believe my ears,” said Bonnar. “It's like be careful with what you ask for, you might just get it.”
Despite being a huge underdog against the Brazilian superstar, Bonnar said he has no problem getting in the cage with Silva.
If he beats the MMA pound-for-pound king, Bonnar said it supersedes his history-setting fight with Griffin. “Beating Anderson Silva will definitely top the Forrest fight... a perfect ending to my MMA career,” he said.
BALLS Channel will be airing UFC 153: SILVA vs BONNAR via satellite on Sunday, October 14 starting at 10:30 am.