Saturday's UFC 153 main event between Stephan Bonnar and Anderson Silva left many fans shaking their head at the announcement. It is, after all, a B-level light heavyweight facing arguably the best fighter the sport has ever seen.
"You're absolutely, 100 percent right (that it's OK to have fun fights sometimes)," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "The fact that the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world steps up and says, 'Somebody's hurt? I'm in'? Second time he's done it, too - he came in late after i'd already canceled the Jones fight. It's weird (fans are down on it)."
"Bonnar is vowing to shock the world," White said. "It's one of those deals, you wanna talk about a Rocky story - this is a Rocky story right here. This means everything in the world to this guy that he's getting this fight. He's been on this (three)-fight win streak and felt like there was nothing there for him - like he feels his career is winding down, and he hasn't had his moment.
"He had it with Forrest (Griffin) and lost that thing by this much, and now he's getting this opportunity. It's going to be interesting to see what Bonnar does, but I agree with you 100 percent - there's nothing wrong with having a fun fight."
I couldn't agree with Dana more, actually.
This was Silva stepping in to provide a main event in the wake of Aldo's injury and it's a perfectly fine fight. These are two guys who have exciting styles that likely will compliment each other well, it's unlikely that Silva lands a spectacular single-shot KO and there are factors (like Bonnar's considerable size advantage) which add intrigue. It's actually infinitely more interesting to me than Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort was.
Were it not for the flurry of injuries that have forced lackluster cards and main events to this point, fans would probably have an easier time accepting a reasonable test for an aging middleweight champion moving up 20 lbs on late notice. But without those same injuries, the UFC wouldn't even need the fight.
I'll be anxiously tuning in for what I think is going to be a surprisingly entertaining bout this Saturday.