Last night at UFC 153, current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva once again made UFC history by becoming the first fighter to ever truly finish tough light-heavyweight veteran Stephan Bonnar.
Bonnar was Silva biggest opponent to date and many thought the noticable size differential could cause him problems. And it seemed that might be the case early as Bonnar used his size to immediately pressure Silva against the fence, and began working his clinch game. With Silva pressed against the fence Bonnar peppered him with shots, often landing them squarly on Silva's chin, however, as the champion began to gauge Bonnar's power he seemed to come to the conclusion that Bonnar couldn't hurt him and began to taunt him by standing squarely in front of him against the cage with his hands down and letting Bonnar punch him in the face.
Then, in the final seconds of the first round, Silva went on the attack, landed a vicious knee to Bonnar's midsection which immediately dropped Bonnar to the canvas in the fetal position. After a few well placed ground-and-pound blows, the referee called a stop to the fight.
Silva's performance once again blew away UFC president Dana White.
"I want him to be 27, that's what I think," Dana White told Fuel TV. "And I want 12 more years of this. It's unbelievable. He is the most amazing fighter of all time, and I've been saying it for years. I know how people are, I know how morons are, and they gonna start saying Stephan Bonnar this, that, and everything. Stephan Bonnar has never been finished ever in the UFC. Never been knocked out, never been submitted, and Anderson Silva always makes it look easy. The guy is so amazing to watch, I love it."
Recently, Silva has stated his focus to fight current UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre, but the fight fans truly want to see is Silva against current UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Silva though has stated that fight to be impossible to make.
"How many guys in the UFC said a fight won't happen," White said "I won't fight this guy, I won't fight that guy. First of all, Anderson Silva has broken every record in the UFC, and continues to amaze me. He is 38, Bonnar is 35, Bonnar is actually younger than him, bigger than him, stronger than him, and I have a lot of respect for Bonnar; tough durable guy. This fight meant everything to him. He came to win this fight. I think Anderson is one of those guys that loves challenges, and I think he will take the fight with Jon Jones, not to mention the fact that the money for that fight -- it would be hard for any of those guys to turn it down."
UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre is currently scheduled to fight interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on Nov. 17. If St. Pierre defeats Condit in spectacular fashion, who would White would want Silva to face next?
"I don't know, you guys have to understand timing means everything too," White said. "We got shows to run, there is no sitting around and waiting for this and that. We've got shows to run and there are obligations out there. So we will see what happens. If you think I don't wanna see Jones vs. Silva you're crazy, and I would love to see GSP too."