PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Former WWE star Dave "Batista" Bautista didn't get into MMA to prove anything to fans.
He simply wanted to prove something to himself - that despite being 43 years old, he could still do it.
But to do that, he needed to prove something to his training partners. That got all the harder when one of them, Stephan Bonnar, got booked to meet perhaps the greatest MMA fighter in history.
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Stephan Bonnar promised he'd drag Anderson Silva through hell with him in the main event of UFC 153.
He tried, but judging by the look on his face after Silva stuck him with a knee to the body, the trip to hell was one Bonnar had to make alone.
People say a lot of crazy things before a fight, especially when they're trying to convince you to pay for it. In the case of Bonnar, the UFC spent a good deal of time trying to get us to believe that he was "completely insane," not to mention v read news >>
Check out the video highlights of Anderson Silva's masterful UFC 153 performance en route to dropping Stephan Bonnar to the canvas. read news >>
Stephan Bonnar did his best to hurt Anderson Silva on Saturday at UFC 153, but he didn’t really come close before the UFC middleweight champion put him away in the opening round. read news >>
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Despite the persistent "Rocky" storylines heading into Saturday's UFC 153 event, the night's headliner played out like so many folks predicted: UFC middleweight Anderson Silva shut down heavy underdog Stephan Bonnar.
Silva's 16th consecutive UFC win followed another big victory for his countryman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who handled fellow heavyweight Dave Herman.
Full fight video highlights are now available of each bout, as well light heavyweights Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado a read news >>
Anderson Silva toyed with and then destroyed Stephan Bonnar to cap off his 16th win inside the UFC Octagon, while growing his legacy once again. read news >>
RIO DE JANEIRO - Neither size nor toughness could save Stephan Bonnar from Anderson Silva.
Silva, who stepped up to light heavyweight to save the injury-rattled UFC 153, brazenly took Bonnar's best shots before launching a knee that crumpled "The American Psycho" in the first round.
The light heavyweight bout served as the main event of Saturday's UFC 153 event at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
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Anderson Silva adds to his legend with each unforgettable performance. read news >>
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Most observers -- including the MMA oddsmakers -- believe the end result of tonight’s UFC 153 main event is a foregone conclusion. read news >>
Anderson Silva vs. Stephen Bonnar, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman, Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado... Check out the UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar extended video preview. read news >>