Anderson Silva to fight Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153

UFC gives Anderson Silva a tomato can to fight in front of his home fans while he waits for GSP

9/13/12 in MMA   |   Pat   |   5224 respect

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Chael Sonnen during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIREAnderson Silva will headline UFC 153, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Silva, the longtime middleweight champ, will move up to light heavyweight and fight Stephan Bonnar, best known for his loss to Forrest Griffin in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter season 1.

Bonnar is coming off a 3-fight win streak, but is still nothing more than a journeyman in the 205 lb. division.

Still, he's known as a guy who will take any fight at any time, and will give the fans an exciting show.

That might be where the UFC was coming from when they scheduled this fight, since Silva figures to be the overwhelming favorite.

This fight doesn't really do anything for Silva's career, except confirm what we already know: He's the far superior fighter. It will be a complete shock if Bonnar is even able to make the fight competitive.

The co-main event will be up-and-coming light heavyweight Glover Teixeira against Fabio Maldonado. Teixeira is on a 16-fight win streak, and rolled through Kyle Kingsbury in his UFC debut.

Every fight on the card has at least one Brazilian fighter, so it's obvious that the UFC is doing their best to put on a show that the Brazilian fans will truly love.

Silva's fight with Bonnar will be a good time for them, since it's a virtual guarantee that Silva will win, setting him up nicely for a superfight with Georges St. Pierre after GSP takes on Carlos Condit at UFC 154.

What do you think about this Silva-Bonnar fight? Good idea, or waste of time?
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9/15/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

But the Fox shows are on free TV. It's about building stars and Boxing became watered down because they stopped put shows on free TV. I agree that there are a lot of shows, but the UFC is building a brand, and so long as they keep putting up quality cards for free on Fox (like Shogun vs Vera) then I'm fine with it.

9/14/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

It's a total joke. The UFC sold out to Fox for $$$$ and now they have too many shows. It's becoming watered down like boxing.

9/13/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

The fight is only happening because both Anderson and Bonner stepped up to help save UFC 153, after both Jose Aldo and Rampage Jackson stepped out of their respect main and co-main event fights due to injury.

As for the fight itself, Silva is a heavy favorite but Bonner will definetly bring the fight and not roll over by any means. Silva is at his best when fighters challenge him, so we should expect a spectacular knockout by the Spider or a massive up set by Bonner... But either way, it sounds like a great fight.