Before Stephan Bonnar was announced to face UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a light-heavyweight bout at UFC 153 it appears he was offered a different opponent first.
Bonnar spoke to MMAJunkie about the original offer.
“My manager hit me up and asked how I feel about fighting Glover Teixeira. And I said, ‘You know my rule. If I’m going to do this again, he’s got to have more Twitter followers than me.’ I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. That’s how I feel. That’s a measure of someone’s popularity, and I just want a bigger name. The last three opponents I’ve had more Twitter followers than them, and I’ve beat them, and I feel like I deserve a bigger name now. I really don’t have an interest in fighting an up-and-comer type, guys who are climbing their way up and people don’t really know how good they are. I’ve done that a lot in my career.
I got another text from (my manager) asking how I’d feel about fighting Anderson, and I laughed. Like, ‘Yeah. Good luck trying to pull that one off.’ Of course I’d fight Anderson – 2.5 million Twitter followers? Geez. Like this will ever happen.’ … By Thursday night, it was everywhere, and I couldn’t believe it. I played a little phone tag Friday and got ahold of (UFC President Dana White), and lo and behold, it was true.
I think it really set in (Sunday) that I’m fighting Anderson Silva. I’m still a little bewildered.”
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