UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar

Thanks to some guys stepping up, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 153 has put together a stacked card that will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The original card was set to feature Vitor Belfort against Alan Belcher, but Belfort moved back a date to UFC 152 and in the change UFC 153 ended up with an even better main event.

Going with the hometown theme, the card will be lined with some of the greatest Brazilian fighters of all time. Anderson Silva, the undisputed pound for pound king of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) will grace the main event with former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Antonio Nogueira in the co-main event. Also hailing from Brazil, rising star Glover Teixeira is sure to keep on his wrecking path, building his stock for a title shot in the near future. The Pay-Per-View event will kick off at 9 p.m. while all undercard bouts will be shown for free live. Details are below.

Main card

Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Stephan “American Psycho” Bonnar

Anderson Silva – Curitiba Brazil, 6-2, 205 pounds, 30-4-0
Stephan Bonnar – Munster, Ind. 6-4, 205, 17-7-0

When looking at this on paper it jumps out as an odd matchup, but MMA fans should be thankful as these two saved a UFC event that could have been cancelled just like 151. Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar both volunteered to save the card after participants were injured. Even though it’s a strange matchup, it looks to be a great fight. Silva will most likely have a field day with the bigger challenger, but it will not be a repeat of UFC 101 when Silva made a mockery of Forrest Griffin. Bonnar will more than likely see the same result, but if Chael Sonnen can land a punch on Silva, I’m sure Bonnar can too.

Silva by Knockout

Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira vs. Dave “Pee-Wee” Herman

Antonio Nogueira –Bahia, Brazil, 6-3, 240 pounds, 33-7-1
Dave Herman – Columbia City, Ind., 6-4, 242 pounds, 21-4-0

Dave Herman -- with his UFC fighting career on the line -- will be fighting one of the biggest legends in MMA history in Brazil. If Herman can pull off the upset, he will breathe some serious life support into his UFC career and most likely send Nogueira into retirement. To make things perfectly clear, this is not the “Big Nog” we knew from Pride Fighting Championship. Nogueira’s UFC career has not been impressive and his two beatings that he took from Frank Mir should show some significance as to where he stands in the sport. If Nogueira’s healthy, which he has not been in his past couple of fights, look for him to bring out his best in front of his home crowd.

Nogueira by Submission (Armbar)

Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado

Glover Teixeira – Minas Gerais, Brazil, 6-2, 205 pounds, 18-2-0
Fabio Maldonado – Sorocaba, Brazil, 6-1, 205 pounds 18-5-0

It’s just a matter of time before Glover Teixeira faces off against Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title, but until then he will have to pay his dues and climb the ranks like everyone else. Fabio Maldonado is 0-2 in the UFC and will be 0-3 come Saturday night. Teixeira really seems to be that good, and it goes to show why Dana White cannot find him a big name to fight. White has offered to have Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson and Mauricio Rua fight Teixeira and all have backed out due to injuries or other reasons. This guy is the real deal, only having one fight go to a decision in his past 15 fights. Don’t miss out on this fight because Glover Teixeira is the next big thing.

Teixeira by TKO (Strikes)

Jon Fitch vs. Erik Silva

Jon Fitch – Fort Wayne, Ind. 6-0, 170 pounds, 26-4-1
Erik Silva – Vila Velha, Brazil, 5-11, 170 pounds, 14-2-0

Silva by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis vs. Wagner “Caldeirao” Prado

Phil Davis – Harrisburg, Pa., 6-2, 205 pounds, 9-1-0
Wagner Prado – Sao Paulo, Brazil, 6-0, 205 pounds, 8-0-0

Davis by Unanimous Decision

Demian Maia vs. Rick “The Horror” Story

Demian Maia – Sao Paulo, Brazil, 6-0, 170 pounds, 16-4-0
Rick Story – Tacoma, Wash., 5-10, 170 pounds, 14-5-0

Maia by Submission (Triangle Choke)

Undercard: Free on FX Channel

Rony “Jason” Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia

Bezerra by Unanimous Decision

Gleison Tabau vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Tibau by TKO (Strikes)

Diego Brandao vs. Joey Gambino

Gambino by Split Decision

Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte

Moraes by Submission (Armbar)

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Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi

Cane by TKO (Strikes)

Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi

Marcello by Unanimous Decision