Rio Gets Silva vs. Bonnar as Main Event


Just a day after UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo pulled out of his UFC 153 main event bout with Frankie Edgar, the Rio fight card has a new main event.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has stepped up on about five weeks notice to fight longtime UFC veteran Stephan Bonnar in the main event of UFC 153. The bout, which will be a three round affair, will take place at light heavyweight. Silva last fought at 205 pounds when he defeated former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin by first round TKO.  Bonnar, who is most well known for his war with Griffin at the Ultimate Fighter Finale in 2005, last fought at UFC 139 when he defeated Kyle Kingsbury by unanimous decision.  Assuming Silva wins, his next bought could come in a super fight with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at a 180 pound catch weight, provided “Rush” defeats UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in November.  USA Today, in coincidence with mmajunke.com, first reported the fight booking.

Also announced for UFC 153 is Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera versus Dave “Pee Wee” Herman in a heavyweight matchup and Glover Teixeira facing Fabio Maldonado in 205 pound contest. “Big Nog”, the former UFC interim heavyweight champion, is coming off a submission loss to Frank Mir at UFC 140 where Mir snapped his arm with a kimura. He was scheduled to face Chieck Kongo at UFC 149 back in July, but pulled out due to not being fully recovered.  Herman is coming off two knock at losses to Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson at UFC on Fuel 1 and UFC 146, respectively. Teixeira, who steamrolled Kingsbury by first round submission at UFC 146, was scheduled to face former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the co-main event until “Rampage” pulled out with a elbow injury yesterday. He now faces Maldonado, who like Herman, is on a two fight-losing streak.

Courtesy of Chris Manning. Follow him on twitter @cmwrites

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