Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 … Really?
The people at the UFC must keep their phones on a setting where they can only receive incoming calls because every time a card falls through and needs replacements, all they talk about is who called them to offer their services.
When Dan Henderson got hurt and couldn’t fight Jon Jones, apparently Anderson Silva called to say he’d fight someone at 205 (but not Jones) but he was too late as Chael Sonnen had called first to offer his scheme. Now that both Jose Aldo and “Rampage” Jackson have been hurt they have gone and done it again. Apparently, Silva was fast on the speed dial once again and Stephan Bonnar was second with a quick text. Now they’re the main event at UFC 153 in Brazil.
I’m sure it is wildly more complicated than that but that is the story they’re telling the fans. Honestly, I hope the top MMA event in the world operates a more professionally than that, but who knows? Maybe they run things like a twelve year old kid when his parents go out of town and the second there’s a hole in their schedule they send out a group text to see who wants to party.
This of course skips the most central issue which is does anyone want to see this fight? I don’t. It’s almost a slap in the face to the fans, as if they’re wondering how low a grade of hogwash they can feed the herd. This is pretty low. I mean Bonnar? Really? At least Vitor Belfort’s got a chance against Jon Jones in September but I can’t think of any possible way Bonnar can beat Silva and I’m an imaginative guy. Since getting destroyed by Jon Jones and beaten by an over-the-hill Mark Coleman, Bonnar has gone 1-1 against Krzysztof Soszynski and has beaten Igor Pokrajac and Kyle Kingsbury. Who? Exactly. Let’s not forget, of course, that Bonnar has lost twice to Forrest Griffin who Silva KO’d with one punch while walking backwards.
Having Silva step in to fight is great but putting him in against Bonnar is just stupid. It’s like finding a nice suit jacket and when you look for matching pants, a staff member hands you a pair of dirty old jeans. It feels like they don’t care if they get your business and don’t think you have any fashion sense anyway.
Maybe if no one buys this pay-per-view they’ll finally come to their senses. Otherwise we can expect more arrogance and egomania from the UFC brass who seem to think we’ll wolf down whatever piss-poor matches they can make in a few text messages.