UFC 153 Preview

 

The UFC is back in Brazil for the second time in 2012. After this card looked as if it was having fights drop like flies, Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar stepped up for Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.

Aldo was forced to pull out after a foot injury caused by a motorcycle accident a week earlier, Edgar was subsequently pulled off the card and Rampage Jackson was forced out in the co-main event. This card has shuffled a lot, but is still a good card as we preview UFC 153.

Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar

Silva comes into this fight a massive favorite, 13-1 in some books while Bonnar was one foot out the door before accepting this fight with Silva. All signs point to Silva walking away with an easy win. He is the greatest fighter we’ve seen in MMA history and undefeated in his UFC career, but is he overlooking Bonnar?

He has already stated that he is focused on a fight with GSP and Bonnar is still a dangerous fighter. Bonnar has outstanding jiu-jitsu, unorthodox striking and has never been finished. There’s no risk to Bonnar laying it all on the line and trying to force Silva into a brawl. If he loses, no one is surprised, but if he wins, Bonnar just pulled off the biggest upset in UFC history.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman

This will be Big Nog’s first bout since Frank Mir broke his arm at UFC 140. Will Nogueira be healthy for this fight and how will he respond to submission attempts?

Nogeuira’s striking has improved throughout his UFC career and he has shown knockout power while Herman has been susceptible to the knockout.

This is a must win for Herman. He is coming off two straight knockout losses and desperately needs a win. A loss at UFC 153 may not cause him to get cut because he’s stepping in on short notice, but he needs a win here.

The key for Herman is the knockout. He has won 15 times in his career via knockout and will try to use that against Big Nog, although he has said he wants to submit him.

Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado

Time to see if the hype on Teixeira is for real. He ran through veteran Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 146 and has impressive wins against UFC veterans Marvin Eastman and Ricco Rodriguez. Teixeira has outstanding jiu-jitsu and heavy hands that make him the overall favorite in this fight.

Maldonado is stepping up on short notice for Rampage Jackson. He is a former boxer with good knockout power, but is coming off two straight losses, one of which to Kingsbury. Maldonado will rely on the knockout for this fight and will need to avoid the jiu-jitsu of Teixeira to earn the upset.

Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva 

For the first time since a 12 second knockout loss to Johny Hendricks. Fitch is finally healthy and looking to get back on track after his first loss since his fight with St. Pierre. The question is whether we will see a less conservative Fitch who is willing to work for the finish.

Silva is one of the top prospects in the UFC welterweight division. He is coming off a submission win against Charlie Brenneman where he looked impressive in both his striking and submission skills. Is Silva a top prospect like many thing he is and can he defeat a top veteran like Fitch?

UFC 153 fills out as such:

Main Card (PPV)

Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman

Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado

Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado

Demian Maia vs. Rick Story

Preliminary Card (FX)

Rony Mariano Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia

Gleison Tibau vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Diego Brandao vs. Joey Gambino

Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi

Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi

Topics: Anderson Silva, Stephan Bonnar, Ufc 153

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