There's greatness, and then there's all-time, historic, inarguable greatness. What we witnessed on Saturday night falls into the latter category.
Much in the same way a cat might play with it's food before devouring it, Anderson Silva effectively allowed Stephan Bonnar to throw everything he had at him for four minutes, before deciding it was time to end the games and flooring Bonnar with a hellacious knee to the solar plexus. All in all, it was it was 280 seconds of pure, unadulterated artistry, and just further evidence of why Silva makes the short list of greatest fighters to ever live.
And to no one's surprise, Silva's fellow fighters were just as stunned as the rest of us.
I had that 1st round goin to Bonnar till Silva decided to try. #UFC— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) October 14, 2012
Great Victory Anderson— Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) October 14, 2012
Seriously , do you still questionning yourself about who is the best P4P fighter in the world ??? #spidersilva— patrick cote (@patrick_cote) October 14, 2012
@spideranderson pretty much said don't worry guys he sucks!— Michael Johnson (@FollowTheMenace) October 14, 2012
Too real ... Anderson Silva the modern day Bruce Lee #UFC153— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) October 14, 2012
Anderson Silva = Greatest Of All Time... The GOAT!!!— Jorge Rivera (@Jorge_Conquista) October 14, 2012
Oh. My. God. Anderson is in the Matrix. #UFC153— Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) October 14, 2012
@spideranderson wow this guy is incredible and he just keeps getting better.— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) October 14, 2012
I've been studying,doing AND coaching this for so long. Anderson Silva is the Pelé of MMA.Always will b. His confidence n creativity.unique.— Jorge Gurgel (@JorgeGurgel) October 14, 2012
Anderson Silva is showing true greatness... Amazing to see this master's work!— Siyar The Great (@SiyarTheGreat) October 14, 2012
John Maguire (@MaguireTheOne) October 14, 2012
Myles Jury (@FuryJury) October 14, 2012
Wow— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) October 14, 2012
So during the Anderson fight they announced he's #2 in takedown d in the MW division history to... Wait for it... Me! Lol cool to know!— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) October 14, 2012
Aaron Riley (@aaronrileymma) October 14, 2012
Anderson is super impressive wow!Just on another level even giving Bonnar a chance... #UFC153— Mark Bocek (@MarkBocek) October 14, 2012
And that's why I only bet $1. Props to Bonnar for stepping up to the challenge! Good attempt. Still a big fan. :)— Ben Saunders (@bensaundersMMA) October 14, 2012
Ulysses Gomez (@uselessgomez) October 14, 2012