Anderson Silva is blogging courtesy of UFC.com for ESPN about his main event fight Saturday night against Stephan Bonnar,.
I didn't think I would be fighting again in 2012, but when my friend and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was hurt and had to fall off the card, I agreed to step in to fight as a light heavyweight.
I believe I am part of the UFC, I am one of the champions and have been a UFC champion for a long time and we are all part of the UFC. If I can step up and help, if I am able to, then I will. And I spoke with my team and we agreed that, if the fight was at 205 pounds and not 185 pounds, then I would be ready and in good shape to fight on October 13. Making 185 pounds and defending my title would not have been possible.
I respect Bonnar as a fighter and as a man. You have to respect him. He and Forrest Griffin -- that first fight they had in 2005 on "The Ultimate Fighter" -- is what made what the UFC has become possible.
Bonnar is very strong, has never been stopped by knockout or submission and has great strikes. He is good with takedowns and goes for a lot of submissions.
I want to continue my winning streak. I want to retire from the sport never having lost a single fight in the UFC, and leave a legacy which will last long after I am gone.
I feel good not to have to cut weight to middleweight. I've been able to eat some Burger King and some good food. But this is a tricky night for me Saturday. If I have the chance, I will finish this fight in one round. Bonnar always fights so hard. I will have more speed, more agility than him, but I don't know about the power. That is what makes it tricky. So if I see the chance, I will finish this quickly.
I have two or three fights left in my career and after Saturday, my focus will be Georges St-Pierre. But that is for Sunday. Now my focus is only Bonnar and bringing a great show to the fans on Saturday night.
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