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#1 Damien R.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 02:07

One day after UFC 153's top two fights fell out, two more took their place.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will step up to 205 pounds and meet veteran Stephan Bonnar in the main event of the Oct. 13 card at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

The bout replaces the planned featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo Jr. and Frankie Edgar. Aldo had to pull out of the fight on Tuesday due to complications from injuries suffered in a recent motorcycle accident.

The new co-main event features a battle of Brazilian light heavyweights as Glover Teixeira (18-2) faces Fabio Maldonado (18-5). Maldonado replaces Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who also had to pull out due to injury.

MMAFighting.com confirmed the bouts after an initial USA Today report.

Silva (32-4), who will celebrate his record sixth anniversary as middleweight champion the day after UFC 153, has twice stepped up and fought at 205 during his record streak of 15 consecutive UFC wins. Both were first-round knockouts, as he stopped James Irvin in July 2008, and took out former champ Forrest Griffin at UFC 101.

The world's top pound-for-pound fighter had previously stated that he was done competing at light heavyweight, but the opportunity to step up, save a show, and fight in front of his Brazilian fans was apparently too much to resist.

Bonnar (14-7), meanwhile, is most famous for his bout against Griffin in "The Ultimate Fighter 1" finale. While he's had his career ups and downs, Bonnar has won his past three fights.

Teixeira made an impressive company debut at UFC 146, when he stopped Kyle Kingsbury. While there were strong rumors on Wednesday that Thiago Silva would take Jackson's spot against Teixeira, the spot instead went to Maldonado, who was slated to meet Cyrille Diabate at UFC 154. Maldanado is 1-2 in UFC action, most recently coming out on the wrong end of a highly debatable decision against Igor Pokrajac on May 15.




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Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:17

WHAT THE **** IS THIS ****?
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:29

I know they need a Brazilian main event to sell a Brazilian PPV but goddamn is this some bull**** last minute replacement. Bonnar last fought a year ago and has been considering retiring for a very long time. Should've booked Chad vs Edgar as co-main, Big Nog moved up to Main Event or keep that fight and move Machida in on short notice against Glover Teixeira. Teixeira vs Fabio Maldonado is not a bad fight per se, seeing how both guys like to bring it, but it would make for a much stronger card overall. And also spare us from Silva crushing Bonnar into bits in the first.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:54

No kidding, who has a stream for this card? The UFC is spreading itself a tad bit thin I think.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 19:43

No kidding, who has a stream for this card? The UFC is spreading itself a tad bit thin I think.

The time difference is crazy. I would just watch it the next day (like I always do, no goddamn channel in PT carries the UFC anymore, unless we're talking about TUF re-runs from 2010).

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 19:57

The fight I really want to see is Jon Fitch vs Erick Silva. If this Silva wins, he's fighting for the WW title in late 2013 for sure. If he can get past Rory... and Kampmann... and Hendricks... and probably Ellenberger. Still, I'm seeing the UFC match Silva with Siyar Bahadurzada if he wins.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 20:46

The time difference is crazy. I would just watch it the next day (like I always do, no goddamn channel in PT carries the UFC anymore, unless we're talking about TUF re-runs from 2010).


Youre right, forgot about the time difference.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:49

Utterly shocking decision, i really cannot fathom how this match came about. Serra/GSP 2 anyone? Cant see it happening, Bonnar's no slouch, but Silva is Silva.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 17:17

Christ...

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 17:31

I don't know if I could watch this. Bonner is going to get destroyed.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 18:06

I may watch it to see how just badly Bonnar gets his ass kicked.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 18:29

I'd like to think there will be a shock but....

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 18:38

The Universe would collapse unto itself if Bonnar somehow defeats Anderson Silva. You wouldn't even live to see his hand being raised, and neither would he. The question we should be asking and betting on is: how many pints will Bonnar lose before Anderson mercifully knocks him out? Oh lordie, a 5 round 50-45 blowout bleedfest would something else.

Also, watch this event for the Fitch fight. Erick Silva is a beast and will probably beat the brakes out of him. He has to win, because I want him to fight Siyar Bahadurzada.