Anderson Silva offered to save UFC 151 and fight on the show. Unfortunately that call came too late to the UFC. Maybe that was a blessing in disguise as Silva will now step up and save UFC 153 and headline the October show in front of his home country in Brazil.
This has to be a huge boost to a card that was headlined by a featherweight title fight. The Brazilian fans are now getting a chance to see their hometown hero fight live at UFC 153. Silva was originally slated to fight in Brazil in June against Chael Sonnen. The show was moved and Silva was so disappointed about not being able to fight in Brazil that he almost didn’t fight at all.
“We’re back on track,” UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie.com. “Anderson Silva wasn’t scheduled to fight at all. I called him today, and he’s shooting a commercial in Brazil. Anderson Silva steps up, and Stephan Bonnar wants to fight him. The Teixeira vs. Maldonado fight comes together, and then Nogueira was standing right there with Anderson shooting the commercial with him, and he said he wanted to fight, too.
To be honest it is not a surprise at all to see Silva fighting. Silva offered to fight at UFC 151 at light heavyweight on eight days notice. He was also critical of Jon Jones for not fighting Chael Sonnen. It is a win-win for everyone here. Silva gets a safe fight against a well known opponent and the Brazilian fans get a star in the headliner. For once, things work out in the UFC’s favor.
Now what kind of chance does Bonnar have against Silva? I can’t imagine he has much of a chance at all. At the same time, Bonnar is a fun fighter and is riding a three-fight win streak. He is the kind of a fighter that will get in there and go for it. I am sure he is just as pumped to fight The Spider in Brazil as Silva is to fight on that night. It probably won’t be competitive, but it will certainly be a fun fight for a few minutes.
Fabio Maldonado will step in for Rampage Jackson and fight Glover Teixeira. It is certainly less sexy than Jackson vs. Teixeira, but it has promise. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will also return to action after a lengthy layoff in front of his home country. Big Nog will fight Dave Herman in a heavyweight collision at UFC 153.
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