MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas at BetDSI has made Anderson Silva a mammoth -1350 favorite (bet $1,350 to win $100) against Stephan Bonnar, who opened as an extra-large +850 underdog (bet $100 to win $850) according to the MMA odds.
Somebody needed to step up and save UFC 153 after injuries to Jose Aldo and Rampage Jackson blew up the main event and co-main event. There was also the craziness that surrounded the implosion of the infamous UFC 151 card.
Enter Silva and Bonnar, who will take over as the main event in Brazil in what looks to be one of the strangest matchups in UFC history.
Bonnar will be the third light heavyweight opponent for Silva, as he defeated both Griffin and James Irvin by first-round knockout between 2008-09. UFC president Dana White wants Silva to face welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre next, so this bout will allow the middleweight pecking order to sort itself out by the year and also make that superfight happen. That’s assuming GSP beats interim champ Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17.
The only other opponent that possibly looms for Silva down the road besides St. Pierre or another middleweight could be light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. That would obviously create another super fight that could cement him as the best MMA fighter of all-time.
For Bonnar, nothing that happens in this bout will hurt his career. If anything, it will just put an exclamation point on his legacy and only validates his nickname of “The American Psycho” regardless of the result.
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