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Stephan Bonnar: “If I get my ass kicked by Anderson Silva there’s no shame in that.”

UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar will be the first to tell you he’s living a charmed life. From a role in one of the most important fights in MMA history to his upcoming fight against Anderson Silva, Bonnar has little to complain about where his career is concerned and couldn’t be happier about the opportunity in front of him this October.

“I go from retired to the biggest fight I could have ever imagined. It’s crazy how life changes. All of the sudden my phone is blowing up and I’m cool again,” cracked Bonnar on Inside MMA.

Though Bonnar understands he’s an severe underdog at best (and sacrificial lamb at worst), “The American Psycho” has also been around the sport long enough to know no outcome is guaranteed inside the Octagon.

“Anything can happen in there. That’s the beauty of fighting. I just gotta go in there and do my best,” explained Bonnar before including some of his trademark humor. “He is the greatest striker and most accurate and yadda-yadda…really, I’ve got a good beard. Hopefully he breaks a hand and foot on my head and I take advantage of him.”

The 35-year old has also accepted the possibility of coming up short against Silva considering the Brazilian’s credentials as one of MMA’s all-time greats and a long-standing champion who hasn’t lost in more than five years.

“If I get my ass kicked by Anderson Silva there’s no shame in that,” Bonnar admitted, saying he ultimately had nothing to lose in the fight and that the lack of pressure was a nice change from his normal bouts.

Silva and Bonnar are set to headline UFC 153 on October 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

Check out the complete interview with Bonnar below: