“I’ve never been kneed like that. I couldn’t breathe at all. I couldn’t move. I was just crippled, waiting for my body to be able to get some air. It felt like an eternity and the ref stopped it. When I saw the fight, I was like, ‘Whoa, that was pretty quick.’ It felt like I was trying to breathe longer than that. The way he placed that knee and timed it, the little trip and push, the whole setup and transition, yeah, there’s a part of me that is in awe of him.”
“I’m definitely happy. I’m so thankful they gave me that fight. I’m apologetic that I didn’t do better but whatever. I’ve got to get over that. But I’m happy. I have nothing to be ashamed of. Losing sucks and it’s hard to swallow. I went in there with Anderson and followed my game plan and did what I had to do. That’s MMA. One little mistake, one little opening is all it takes. With a guy like Anderson Silva, that’s all he needs. He landed a perfect knee at a perfect time, and got the victory. Hats off to Anderson. I can honestly say I never had a fight where I look back and said I choked or didn’t come to fight or I wasn’t prepared. Even through terrible injuries and fighting sick, I still sucked it up and did my best. I have nothing to be ashamed of.”
After getting the chance of a lifetime in the UFC 153 main event against Anderson Silva, Stephan Bonnar failed to capture his career objective with a huge win over the best fighter in history.
A few short days later he appeared on popular MMA talk show, “The MMA Hour” to discuss his performance and explain his thoughts about the fight.