Anderson Silva already near weight, White says Bonnar will be crazy bigger
Tatame magazine is reporting that over a week out from UFC in Rio 3 is only two pounds over the lightheavyweight limit of 205.
The fighters are entering the phase of drastic cut weight for UFC Rio 3 on October 13. Some even lose weight 10kg (22 lbs) in a week. The case of Anderson Silva, however, is different. The middleweight champion is fighting in the main event fight against Stephan Bonnar in the light heavyweight category (up to 93kg/205lbs). He is already very close to the ideal weight.
Rogťrio Caműes, one of the leaders of the X-Gym academy and Silva's conditioning coach noted how tranquil the time is without without the need to cut weight.
"Anderson is only two pounds overweight, so now we are ready to consider the rest," said Camoes. "On Friday we will have a meeting with the doctor who takes care of his body to see how best to cut what remains, but he is very strong, with a job well done and a very good power. He usually trains at 93kg (205 lbs), cuts to 84kg (185 lbs), and then fights at about 90kg (198 lbs)."
Anderson Silva agreed to face Stephan Bonnar with less than a month of preparation to save a card hampered by injuries. Neither the little preparation time, nor the fact the fight is at 205 worries Caműes, who ses an advantage for Silva by already having gone through a long period of training to face Chael Sonnen.
"Anderson comes this fight against Sonnen, when he made eight weeks of muscular work, and was based on strength training. He remained active, then just gave continuity to what has been done and the coaches specify details upon Bonnar. This is the third fight in the UFC for Anderson at 93kg (205) and he is well suited."
Anderson Silva already near weight, White says Bonnar will be crazy bigger - Mixed Martial Arts NewsMeanwhile, UFC President Dana White is predicting that Bonnar will be massively larger than Silva.
"He's huge, he's going to be so much bigger than Anderson in this fight that it's going to be crazy," White told ESPN.
"People don't realise what a huge Rocky story this is. Stephan has been so close for so long. He's been waiting for a big fight to come up and then, boom, this comes up.
"Stephan called us to ask for this fight. He's on a four-fight win streak and I know how much this means to him. He's going after it and this is the biggest fight of his life.
"Anderson has fought at 205 before, you saw what he did with Forrest, but this is a completely different fight. It's a dangerous fight for Anderson."
Bonnar: I could shock the world
Bonnar: I could shock the world - Mixed Martial Arts News
ďThe odds are stacked against and no oneís giving me a chance and I kind of like it that way. Itís no pressure on me,Ē Bonnar stated. ďI just know what I can do. Iím not the type thatís always fixed on outcomes. Iím more of the type that asks God to give me the strength to do my absolute best in there. I mean look at every fight Iíve ever had, always had, Iíve been hit with lots of big shots, but I get up and keep coming.Ē
For Bonnar, making it further than Forrest did against Silva isnít his concern. He just wants to carry on like any warrior would and hopes to give Silva the fight of his life. ďIím not to fixed on the outcome so much. Iím just going to give him hell and give him everything Iíve got in there and do my absolute best. And weíll see, that can lead to a victory,Ē said Bonnar.
Since fighting Griffin in the TUF 1 finale, Bonnar said nothing has topped that for him, until now. ĒItís a defining moment of my whole life,Ē Bonnar explained. ďThis is like the culmination of it all. I really think itís all meant to be, itís perfect it really is. It feels like all the stars are aligning just like it did on that magical night for the UFC back when I fought Forrest for the first time. I could shock the world.Ē