For Silva (32-4), this contest is another opportunity to add to his already-impressive UFC resume. He is the most decorated middleweight champion of all-time, and sports a perfect 15-0 Octagon record.
"For me, this is the big show," said Silva, in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. "This is part of my legacy. This is continuing my legacy. I love my job. I love the UFC. I can't wait for Saturday."
Silva took the Bonnar (14-7) bout on short notice, as the promotion was left without a main event after UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo exited with an injury. Not wanting to see another card cancelled, Silva offered to fight.
"The UFC is the big show," Silva said. "There are a lot of people in the world watching the UFC. This is my job. I love my job."
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