Leading up to tonight’s headlining bout at UFC 153 between Stephan Bonnar and Anderson Silva, a good deal of attention was placed on a conversation between Bonnar and longtime friend Forrest Griffin. In the humorous exchange, filmed for the organization’s Ultimate Insider show, the duo offered up self-deprecating takes on how things might go in the scrap with Silva.
While definitely entertaining, the underlying message in the meeting pertained to the likelihood of Silva putting a beatdown on Bonnar. Fortunately, “The American Psycho” also had a chance to speak to Chael Sonnen who had a lot more faith in Bonnar’s ability to emerge with a major upset.
“Chael was just like, ‘You’re big and strong, you’re aggressive, you’ve got a good chance, and you’re a good fight for him. I’ve got a great feeling about this one, buddy.’ He gave me a nice pep talk to boost my confidence, where Forrest, after talking to him, kinda killed my confidence. Luckily after the Forrest talk I talked to Chael and then I felt better,” said Bonnar in an interview with the UFC.
Sonnen, of course, knows a thing or two about how to approach Silva. The outspoken middleweight-turned-205er came within a few minutes of being the first man to beat the Brazilian inside the Octagon in a 2010 tilt and looked to be on the same path to victory again earlier this year after controlling Silva for the first round before an errant spinning backfist lead to his demise in the following frame.
Whether Bonnar wins or not, the 35-year old has no illusion about how action will unfold this evening in Rio de Janeiro. When it comes to the clash, Bonnar simply said he plans to, “Just to do what I always do – to fight my heart out and take it to him; to have a nice, aggressive, action-packed fight that the fans will love.”
The full interview with Bonnar, as well as chats with a few of the other featured fighters at UFC 153, can be seen below:
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