Stephan Bonnar knows he is the underdog.

Bonnar, a former Ultimate Fighter runner-up, was prepared to ride off into the sunset and leave fighting forever until the opportunity to fight Anderson Silva was presented to him.

Now, “The American Psycho” is just a few days away from meeting “The Spider” in his native country of Brazil at UFC 153 – and he couldn’t be more excited.

Very rarely in life does a great opportunity come along for anyone. Getting the biggest shot of my career, when I had sort of retired, is kinda the story of my life. I’ve not had everything really fall into place for me, but now it really feels like all the stars are aligning just like it did on that magical night for the UFC back in 2005 when I fought Forrest Griffin for the first time.

Bonnar enters the fight as one of the most effective strikers in the 205-pound division. He holds the fourth-best takedown defense in the division and has never been stopped. His lone two non-decision defeats came via cuts.