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Stephen Bonnar vs. Anderson Silva: Head-to-Head


(It’s pretty obvious who takes the “Cooler Hairstyle” category.)

It’s time for some real talk, Potato Nation. Stephan Bonnar is booking a one-way train ticket to Painsville Station on Saturday night and Anderson Silva is the conductor. I know it, you know it, the bookies know it, and your mom knows it (I asked her last night. Say hi to her for me, alright?). Matter of fact, if “The American Psycho” is simply able to come away from the fight in the same state of matter he began it in, everyone watching will unquestionably declare his performance a win for America, the UFC, and perhaps even the Caucasian race.

But this fight is about more than who’s accomplished what or who holds what title or who may or may not have lost to a decrepit Mark Coleman. There are several x-factors at play here, and when we decided to match up Stephan Bonnar and Anderson Silva for one of our infamous head to head sessions, the results might surprise you. Let’s get started.

AGE
Bonnar: 35
Silva: 37
Advantage: Bonnar

SIZE
Bonnar: 6’3″, walks around at roughly 235 lbs, 80 inch reach
Silva: 6’2″, walks around at roughly 215 lbs, 77.5 inch reach
Advantage: Bonnar

LAST TWO FIGHTS RESULTED IN
Bonnar: A pair of tedious but smartly gameplanned UD’s over Igor Pokrajac and Kyle Kingsbury
Silva: A pair of absolute clownings over Yushin Okami and Chael Sonnen
Advantage: Silva

FINISHING RATIO
Bonnar: 66.7% (10 stoppages in 15 victories)
Silva: 78.1% (25 stoppages in 32 victories)
Advantage: Silva

RECORD WHEN FIGHTING UP A WEIGHT CLASS
Bonnar: 0-1 (TKO loss to Lyoto Machida at HW in 2003)
Silva: 2-0 (both at LHW, both by way of first round KO)
Advantage: Silva by an ass-whooping

RECORD AGAINST FORMER UFC CHAMPIONS
Bonnar: 0-6
Silva: 5-0
Advantage: Silva by sweet Jesus, Bonnar’s a dead man

PERFORMANCE AGAINST JON JONES
Bonnar: Hard fought but completely one-sided UD loss
Silva: Would rather just stay friends
Advantage: Bonnar

FRIEND OF CAGEPOTATO 
Bonnar: You know it, son!
Silva: Won’t return our calls, filed for three separate restraining orders.
Advantage: Bonnar

SALARIES
Bonnar: $34,000 to show at UFC 139 (seriously, Dana?!)
Silva: $200,000 to show at UFC 148
Advantage: Silva by a Ferrari

GREATEST WAR
Bonnar: One half of the fight that basically pulled the UFC out of the dark ages at the TUF 1 Finale
Silva: Overcame four round deficit to submit Chael Sonnen in the fifth at UFC 117
Advantage: Bonnar by *picks up phone* You gotta see this fight bro!

POST FIGHT CELEBRATION
Bonnar:

Silva: It doesn’t matter. Bonnar clearly wins this round.

Conclusion: Well, well, would you look at that, this fight is actually going to be a lot closer than most of you predicted, with Bonnar actually emerging victorious on paper…

…Silva by first round KO.

-J. Jones

Comments

  1. WarpedAcorn Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 01:31


    Last couple of lines made me laugh. Well played CagePotato...well played.
  2. Fried Taco Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 01:38


    If you take into account Bonnar's fear of spiders displayed when he went to fight Lyoto in the Amazon, this could turn out worse than Silva vs Griffin. They might not get Stephan in the cage!
  3. cman Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 02:53


    Why are we entertaining this fight as legit? It's a spider duck of contenders to give Bonnar a well deserved payday.
  4. Pen Fifteen Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 03:04


    LOL at Silva "ducking" Chris Weidman, he of 4 UFC fights with a whopping one win over a top 10 opponent. Or Michael Bisping, a guy who lost to Chael Sonnen, a guy Silva finished twice. Would you seriously rather talk yourself into believing Weidman actually has a chance at beating Silva now or watching him go through a couple more guys like Boetsch or Bisping or Belcher to show he's the unquestioned top contender? Shit, I'd rather see Silva do freakshow or one-off fights than watch the UFC try pitifully to convince that some great white hope is going to be the guy to do what Belfort, Hendo, Marquardt, Franklin, etc. (guys whom none of the current crop of MWs has shit on) couldn't do.
  5. MMA Mafia Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 03:32


    I thought Bonnar had never been finished in all the promos? It says he lost to Lyoto @ HW in '03 by TKO. What gives? Cut, corner stoppage, ect...
  6. J.Jones Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 03:33


    @MMA Mafia - The first one.
  7. samclark Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 04:17


    I remember when Silva and Griffin fought..I was just telling the person next to me (at a bar), that it was going to be a bloodbath then out of nowhere some squawking whore belches "Goooo Griffin! Knock his ass out!" I looked at her, back at the screen, fight was over. Went home, masturbated, did 30 push ups and fell asleep.
  8. danomite Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 04:18


    I BELIEVE IN STEPHEN BONNAR
  9. cman Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 04:23


    @penn. he is ducking for pay days. I in no way said nor insinuated he is afraid of them. Though I am suspect of his new found desire to fight Gsp but not bones.
  10. cman Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 04:26


    Top contender gets a shot. No one thought much of Edgar either. But that's why they fight.
  11. Ricardo Guitardo Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 04:53


    Gayness -------- Bonnar: Was rumored to be gay or at least bi-sexual but never caught wearing questionable clothing. Silvia: Has a high pitched voice and wears pink shirts. Advantage: Bonnar
  12. Carlos Conned It Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 04:58


    Agreed with cman. The UFC can't really control the quality of the top contender. But, it is the champions job to fight the best fighter in his weightclass that the UFC has to offer him at that time... I personally wouldnt mind watching Silva/Bisping mainly because I think Bisping has been around long enough fighting some pretty tough guys to deserve one. This fight is completely random and really makes no sense at all in the grand scheme of things. That being said, WAR BONNAR.
  13. ArmFarmer Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 05:08


    It doesn't matter whether or not Wiedman can beat Silva... he still ducked him and took a meaningless fight against a guy that would be a nobody if it weren't for reality TV. Silva was offered the fight, he refused, and took an easier fight.. that's what ducking is. Silva can beat all but a few guys in the ufc, I won't argue that, but he still likes to duck fights.
  14. ArmFarmer Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 05:11


    In case you're wondering who those few are, I'd say Jones (whom he's also ducking), Dos Santos, and a few other heavyweights. I think Machida would give him fits too. Just too bad that everyone that would make an interesting fight for him, he's buddies with. He wants to protect his legacy, but it'll be interesting to see what kind of legacy that is if he winds down his career can crushing instead of challenging himself.
  15. holeeball Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 05:14


    Silva fights anyone anywhere and right now he'll demolish Bonnar into retirement. This looks more like a farewell gift by DW to the Psycho (as long as he manages not to get murdered in the cage).
  16. Carlos Conned It Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 05:38


    Lol Silva clearly does not fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. He was trying to argue against the second Sonnen fight, wouldnt fight Machida when he was on top because they were "friends" won't fight Bones because they are "friends", won't fight Weidman etc. Look I'm not saying these guys would beat him, I'm just with ArmFarmer on this one. Ducking fights does not mean that you necessarily mean you are afraid, it just means you keep refusing the fights the UFC has to offer you that actually make sense lol
  17. Carlos Conned It Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 05:40


    Does not necessarily mean that you are afraid*** Come on CP where's that edit button Already!
  18. ArmFarmer Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 05:47


    I don't think him or Jones are afraid of anyone in the sense that they fear being beaten up by them, but I think they are both terrified of losing. I'd assume there's a lot of pressure that goes along with being regarded as the best of the best, but I still think they should fight whoever's put in front of them and not be allowed to hand pick.
  19. Grimmy Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 07:57


    I dont care what the world thinks... I got bonnar to win on this one. Grimmy beleives.
  20. Pen Fifteen Says:

    Wed, 10/10/12 - 09:01


    I agree that it's piss weak that Silva clearly wants no part of Jones (hard to dog him for not wanting to fight Machida, since they have trained/still do train together, which is not the same thing as being friends), but you're not going to convince me Weidman is "top contender" by virtue of having beaten Mark Munoz (who, btw, came into that fight with a bum knee). Really, Silva v. Bonnar is pretty much a crap fight, but I would be about zero percent more excited to see him fight anyone at 185, because there is no one who can, on the basis of opposition faced, make a credible case for facing him. Like I said, let them duke it out with one another, and whoever comes out on top can fight Silva. Until then, were stuck with sad shows like this, which I most certainly won't be shelling out $50 for.
  21. Langer-Dan Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 02:44


    This is like the Vietnam War all over again, it doesn’t matter what Team America throw at Silva, he’ll just chew them up and spit them out. USA 0, foreign topical country with darkies +1,000,000
  22. holeeball Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 06:13


    Jones doesn't want anything to do with Silva as well. So fuck Jones. He should be the one pushing for that fight instead he avoids the subject like the plague. Pretty boy afraid to be turned into mince meat.
  23. Fatty McDickbutts Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 06:19


    Bonnar isn't another can for Silva to crush: He's a warrior. I understand that it's easy for people to label him as a can because Silva is just that much better, but in any other fight I don't think people would be calling Bonnar a can. He's won his last two, and while he's certainly had a pretty brutal career, I still think he's got enough gas in the tank to survive 'till the second round with the spider
  24. Fatty McDickbutts Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 06:21


    As for weidman, if he keeps winning like he did against Munoz, Silva will be forced to take the fight
  25. ArmFarmer Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 06:35


    At least if he were matched up against wiedman, we would have some conceivable way that Silva could lose the fight. Wrestling is always going to be a threat to Silva, and chris has some power too so there's the punchers chance. With Bonnar I just can't think of anything. What is he going to do? Heart him to death? He's good at taking a beating and surviving, but that alone isn't gonna win the fight. The silver lining is that we get to see a showcase of Anderson's striking that might last for more than a round, so at least there's that.
  26. Onan Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 06:56


    The UFC is not in the business of making contender fights. Never has been in the Zuffa era. It's in the business of making fights they can promo six ways to Sunday to get you to part with ticket or PPV money. No one outside of MMA website comment trolls even knows who Weidman is. Whenever I see his name I always picture the bacne kid from GSP's camp. No significant audience is paying PPV money to watch Silva fight that kid. Period, end of story.
  27. ArmFarmer Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 07:16


    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the ufc try and book that fight and Anderson turned it down? I know zuffa likes to market fights and make money, it's their job, but I don't think they are to blame for this one. I guess I'm fine with it though, this should be a fun one to watch and the longer Silva waits, the more experience and training weidman gets and the older and slower silva gets. It would have been wise of him to put weidman behind him now rather than face a better version later.
  28. cman Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 07:32


    I don't rule out beating Munoz at all. He was supposed to fight Sonnen fort #1 status. Weismann killed him. And yes he is a dangerous combo of power and wrestling. Bisping? Yahoo did a great article on why he is undeserving. Beats who he should, benifits from most decisions, and is 6-3 in his last 9 w/o a string of wins or impressive showings against contenders. Whose his biggest win? Stann? Akyama? Lost to a washed up Wandi ( questionable) Sonnen, Hendo. Beat riviera (controversy), hammil a billion years ago (didn't and different weight), and stann (again, on take downs?!?) where he was rocked. Yeah I got Weidman as #1. Bonnar? Biggest slowest 205er without 1 punch power. Love the guy but he doesn't even have punchers chance. He won't be able to connect and doesn't have flash win power anyway. Silva kills him and we rejoice on injury plague not taking another card.
  29. knucklesamitch Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 07:38


    All the Silva apologists are hilarious ... Weidman is not a viable contender? Are you serious? Maybe he doesn't have the resume to support a title shot, but he's undoubtably the #1 contender unless you want to make him fight Bisping first. As for Anderson ... His opponents since Dan Henderson are Irvin, Cote, Leites, Griffin, Maia, Sonnen, Belfort, Okami, Sonnen ... Is some Silva fan going to seriously try and convince me that anyone of those guys is more deserving of a fight with Silva, based on chances of beating him (maybe outside of Belfort) than Weidman is. The fact of the matter is almost no one knew who Sonnen was, and those were 2 of the best fights Silva has had in the UFC.
  30. holeeball Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 07:43


    Silva is the GOAT and Weidman is fuck all. At least Bonnar is that dude from that fight.
  31. holeeball Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 07:46


    Weidman has 25k twitter dudes. Silva has 2600k. Silva isn't in the business of fighting nobodies anymore.
  32. cman Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 07:47


    And@ penn, ill admit I'm on the fence on the friends fighting issue. It's become a way to avoid and the kos/ Fitch model is the base where both whined they should be next unless they had to sort themselves. I halfway even sided with bones at first with shad until he went full douche about it. In the end, champions fight whoever deserves it. I like Rory's approach to Gsp. Stated his time will come, doesn't think it's now. But has placed himself as a stone to get to # 1. Improves every fight. But champions denying challenges is what killed boxing. Is a real killer appeared klitcko would never fight him. Mayweather is letting time beat PAC, cuz 3 years ago he couldn't. And that's unacceptable.
  33. cman Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 07:49


    Hole. How many twitter friends did silva have when he got a shot?
  34. holeeball Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 08:03


    Franklin has 282k twitter dudes today. I don't how many he had back then.
  35. cman Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 08:19


    Exactly
  36. holeeball Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 08:23


    Right. Thank you.
  37. cman Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 08:27


    On this day in history a CP disagreement was resolved without name calling or obscure fighter reference or threat of violence.
  38. holeeball Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 08:30


    Not only that, the good guy won as well (me).
  39. cman Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 08:33


    Dammit. Now I have to reference swamp bobbies mma and pickle eateries.
  40. Ballsagna Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 08:55


    Clowings? Was Chael not in, arguably, the most dominant position in MMA for the majority of the fight? He lost fair and square, but he was not clowned.
  41. Carlos Conned It Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 09:23


    Right, I'm sorry we completely overlooked the fact that number of twitter followers is what makes a fighter deserving or a title shot... Our bad lol, Twitter followers > Fights. What has the MMA fanbase come to? Hahaha
  42. cman Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 09:27


    Well Carlos you can't overlook twitter Facebook and joes bait and tackle and guys beating the snot outta each other league fights. This shits important.
  43. Walrus Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 09:37


    White man reach advantage, baby. That's always nice
  44. Pen Fifteen Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 10:50


    I can't believe people are this asshurt about Silva turning down the Weidman fight. He said no to it right now. As others have pointed out, Weidman would be even harder to ignore with a win over another contender, means we'll almost assuredly see that fight within 12 months. Hell, even Armfarmer pointed out that it'd probably be a more competitive fight 12 months from now, so why the impatience? Weidman has a whopping four UFC fights. Short of Brock Lesnar, no one has had more ho-hum path to a title shot, and he's done it without a single win over a big-name opponent. Please, spare us the moral rectitude about what a champion must do. We're not even close to this turning into some kind of long-running scenario of ducking. Silva will collect his payday against GSP and then Weidman will be next.
  45. cman Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 11:35


    As shirt is a bit of an exaggeration. Many are very tired of title pictures being on pause and paper interm titles. Injuries are bad enough but choosing to put the rare active weight class on pause to fight in others because they don't think the other is as profitable? No. The general consensus was the same when BJ was doing it. Munoz was next if he won, and bisping had a shot if he beat Sonnen. Declaring the guy who came out on top from the scramble unworthy doesn't make it so. And again, we have enough weight classes on pause for legitimate reasons.
  46. knucklesamitch Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 12:12


    @Pen ... I can think of 1 other person who had a ho hum run to the title ... His name is ANDERSON FUCKING SILVA ... 1 UFC fight. Silva was also 3-2 in his previous 5 fights coming into the UFC. I couldn't care less about Weidman, but the fact of the matter is he's the most clear cut contender, Silva was offered the fight and turned it down. Plain and simple, Silva is not willing to give up and coming talent the same opportunity that he himself received.
  47. imnotgay Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 03:42


    i bet Anderson has white boy beat in the wiener departrment too
  48. holeeball Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 04:28


    MMA hardcore fanbase is miniscule. That's why DANA WHITE WANTS TO BREAK INTO MAINSTREAM get it marathoner? SILVA is a superstar so fuck Weidman for the time being. Or do we want MMA to be a sport without any fuckin icon? Or ever changing icons who nobody can keep up with except the harcore fanbase? If the latter than MMA is heading once again back into obscurity.
  49. holeeball Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 04:36


    Also, nobody was anywhere near the the level SILVA is TODAY (referring to star power) as when Silva was a contender.
  50. Pen Fifteen Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 05:44


    The depths to which people are digging to ignore the fact that it's not a big deal for Weidman to wait is ridiculous. Yes, Silva was 3-2 his previous 5 fights coming into the UFC...counting a bullshit DQ loss to Okami. Outside of that, the dude had won 8 out of 9, and had 22 fights under his belt (versus Weidman's 8). Again, any which way you spin this (holeeball's point about star power is also well-taken), it is not as big a fucking deal as you guys are making this. Seriously, give me one reason Bisping and Weidman shouldn't duke it out for #1 status?
  51. SirRaabHimself Says:

    Thu, 10/11/12 - 06:12


    Bonnar, I seriously got bonnar winning. just a feeling.
  52. knucklesamitch Says:

    Fri, 10/12/12 - 07:09


    @Pen I'll give you one reason ... Silva fights once a year, if Bisping and Weidman fight each other, you are already eliminating a contender given Silva even more reason to fight BS fights no one cares about. I'm not devoted to any fighter, I couldn't care less about any fighters legacy, I just want to see good fights where I know anything can happen. This idea that someone has to "deserve" to fight Silva or Bones Jones is insane ... If they are so great, they should be able to win the fight anyway, so why not fight Weidman ... Silva is the GOAT, should be an easy victory, right? Right? Seriously, right?
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