A longtime fan of mixed martial arts, Styles P’s been watching UFC fights “since the guys would fight multiple times a night and Royce Gracie had the Gi on.” Well, this weekend should add another exciting fight to the history books, as P4P No. 1 fighter in the world, Anderson Silva, moves up to 205 lbs. to take on UFC journeyman, Stephen Bonnar, in a non-title fight. Though it doesn’t look to be the most competitive fight on paper, we all know anything can happen once that Octagon door closes. XXLMag.com caught up with Styles P to get his thoughts on the card and picks for fight night.— Neil Martinez-Belkin (@Neil_MB)
Anderson Silva (32-4, 15-0 in the UFC) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-7, 8-6 in the UFC)
Silva. He’s fought at 205 before and the fight’s in Brazil, he wants it real bad. I think Bonnar’s tough though. As far as how, hmm, it’s so hard to tell with Silva. I think Silva in the 2nd round. Knockout.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1, 4-3 in the UFC) vs. Dave Herman (21-4, 1-2 in the UFC)
I should probably get to a computer and look at Herman’s last fights. He fought Roy Nelson and lost, but Nelson hits really hard, man. I’m actually gonna go with Herman. By decision. Nogueira’s getting really old man. He’s getting old. That should be one for Herman.
Jon Fitch (23-4-1, 13-2-1 in the UFC) vs. Erick Silva (14-2, 2-1 in the UFC)
Silva. Knockout. Matter fact, submission. Actually, I don’t know if it’s gonna be a knockout or submission (laughs). One of the two.
There’s been talks of Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre and Silva vs. Jon Jones. Which super fight would you rather see?
Jones. I think Silva vs. Jon Jones would be a little more interesting. I would LOVE too see that, man. I would go with Jones honestly. They’re both big, long guys, but I think Jones is younger and hungrier. It’s the young lion vs. the old lion. I mean, Bones is just unstoppable. Did you see that armbar at UFC 152?! I thought his arm was broke. That armbar was in deep, yo. That was crazy and just showed me a lot about Bones’ will. He’s just zoned in.