UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva took Saturday night's fight with Stephan Bonnar on short notice at UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar. He also accepted the bout at light heavyweight, knowing he would give up weight to Bonnar.
None of that matter, though, as Silva stood along the cage and allowed Bonnar to throw everything he had at him. After that, "The Spider" delivered a thunderous knee to the body and finished "The American Psycho" near the end of the first round.
The win was the 16th consecutive inside the Octagon for Silva, a UFC record. He is now 32-4 overall with 20 stoppage victories.
"I'm not the best," Silva said. "I just believe I can do things people think are impossible."
As the reigning UFC middleweight champion, many feel Silva should remain at light heavyweight and face Jon Jones, the current UFC 205-pound champion. However, neither fighter appear to want that bout, and Silva made sure to let everyone know that isn't in his plans.
"No, I am not going to fight at 205 again," Silva said. "I fought to save the event. I was doing it just to save the event, to put on a show for everybody."
A rumored super-fight with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has also been discussed. GSP has an upcoming bout with Carlos Condit at UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit next month first to take care of.
Bonnar falls to 15-8 in his career and 8-7 inside the UFC.
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