Silva Battles Bonnar As Light Heavyweight At UFC 153
By: Matty Simo
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the site of Saturday’s UFC 153, the fourth straight week the organization is holding an event before taking a one-month hiatus. And Brazilian fighters will be showcased in each of the 12 bouts on the card, including the main event between UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva and light heavyweight Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar.
The main card consists of six fights and will be broadcast on Pay-Per-View from the HSBC Arena in Rio starting at 10:00 p.m. (ET) with preliminary card action getting underway with two bouts at 6:45 p.m. on Facebook.com and continuing on FX with four more at 8:00 p.m.
Silva (32-4) saved UFC 153 for his home country when featherweight champion Jose Aldo was forced to withdraw from his title matchup with former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar due to injury and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson also bowed out from the co-main event for a similar reason. Jackson was originally scheduled to fight rising light heavyweight prospect Glover Teixeira (18-2), who will now face Fabio Maldonado in one of three All-Brazilian battles that will take place. Brazilian lightweights Gleison Tibau (25-8) and Francisco Trinaldo (11-1) will also square off against each other on the preliminary card along with welterweights Sergio Moraes (6-2) and Renee Forte (7-1).
“The Spider” is the most famous Brazilian fighter of all-time and has been called “the greatest mixed martial artist ever” by UFC president Dana White. He will be fighting Bonnar at light heavyweight, where he is 2-0 with previous wins over Forrest Griffin and James Irvin via first-round knockouts.
Bonnar (15-7) is best known for his epic fight against Griffin in The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale that was shown on free television and helped the sport gain mainstream attention. The 35-year-old Indiana native has never been finished in 21 career bouts and willingly stepped in against Silva knowing his opponent has won a record 15 consecutive UFC fights. A victory for Bonnar would be one for the ages, as he is a massive +800 underdog against the heavily favored Silva (-1350).
The co-main event looks to be another mismatch between a Brazilian and American, although the odds are not nearly as lopsided. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1, 1 No-Contest) makes his return to the Octagon against Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (21-4) and will be fighting for the first time since his arm was broken during a first-round submission by Frank Mir at UFC 140 last December 10.
Herman has lost his last two bouts, including a first-round KO against Roy Nelson at UFC 146 on May 26, and he is a +245 underdog against Nogueira (-290) according to the Don Best Odds Screen.