Last night, the UFC announced that UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva had stepped up to save UFC 153. The card was in serious trouble after losing both a main and co-main event fighter Tuesday afternoon. The news of injuries to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Jose Aldo looked like they could potentially kill any anticipation for the event. However, the 185 lb. champ agreed to fight UFC Light Heavyweight veteran Stephan Bonnar as the headliner.
Although all main event fights have been 25 minute affairs for months now, UFC 153 will be the exception. Considering the circumstances, it's not especially surprising to see MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani confirm that the fight will be a three round bout (via Twitter)
If you're wondering, Silva-Bonnar is a three-round main event. #ufc153— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 13, 2012
Since the surprising fight announcement, the fight has been met with a complete rainbow of reactions. Some are angry to see an apparent squash match headline a UFC PPV. Others are excited to see another potentially amazing performance from Anderson Silva, who wasn't expected to return to action until 2013.
Since winning the 185 lb. title from Rich Franklin at UFC 64, Anderson Silva has defended his championship an unprecedented 10 times. That streak doesn't even include his 2 previous Light Heavyweight bouts or his catchweight bout against Travis Lutter.
Stephan Bonnar is riding into UFC 153 on the second 3-fight win streak of his UFC career. He's fought some of the biggest names in MMA and, with the exception of Krzysztof Soszynski, has only lost to current or former champions. Additionally, Bonnar made it very clear after UFC On Fuel 4 that he wanted one big name fight before ending his career. Bonnar's record is fraught with losses to fighters who would go on to become UFC staples and all he wanted was to face someone with a lot of Twitter followers. Well, it looks like he got his wish.
UFC 153 is scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the HSBC Arena on October 15.