For the better part of his headlining tilt with Anderson Silva at UFC 153, light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar seemed to be in a perfect position to punish “The Spider” with strikes or opt to clinch with him against the cage. However, despite the appearance of control, it quickly became clear Bonnar was not actually running the show. Rather, Silva was merely messing with him until flipping on a switch with thirty seconds to go in the opening round, scoring a stoppage shortly after a single significant strike left the Ultimate Fighter icon curled up on the canvas.
Little has been heard from Bonnar since the embarrassing loss, though last night he decided to update fans on his condition via Twitter where “The American Psycho” was both appreciative and apologetic.
“Thanks to everyone for the support. I’m so sorry I lost. I feel so bad for letting my fans down, but I promise to make it up to you,” wrote Bonnar, seemingly implying he will fight at least one more time before retiring from the sport for good.
Bonnar also explained the sequence of events spelling his doom in the duel, stating, “Not injured, just caught with a perfect knee to the solar plexus and it paralyzed me. (I) was just getting movement back when fight was stopped.”
The defeat snapped a three-fight winning streak for Bonnar and was the first time in his 23 in-ring appearances he’d been stopped with strikes by an opponent.
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