Before UFC 153 even started there was a lot of questions surrounding the event. Which Anderson Silva was going to show up? Was there an upset in the making? How good is Glover Teixeira?
The answers — Silva, the greatest fighter ever, showed up, Bonnar was made to look like an amateur and the hype that surrounds Teixeira is 100% real.
Silva made Bonnar look like he didn’t belong in the cage Saturday night to the point where Silva stood back to the cage allowing Bonnar to attempt to land shots. He cemented his legacy as the greatest fighter ever and made us all bring up the desire for a Jon Jones – Silva fight.
Sadly, Silva immediately shot down that notion stating that he wasn’t going up to light heavyweight again and was not going to face Jones. Now we turn our focus to Silva and St. Pierre, assuming St. Pierre gets through Carlos Condit at UFC 154.
Bonnar, who was visibly upset, apologized through twitter. The apology was completely unnecessary. He took a fight with the greatest fighter of all time on short notice and showed why fans respect and look up to him. Bonnar showed heart, never gave up and had moments where he was actually pressing the action against Silva. He may retire after this fight and, maybe, he will only be remembered for his fight at The Ultimate Fighter 1 finale, but that’s an amazing moments for fans to remember.
He helped save the UFC and fans can never thank him enough for that. I think I speak for everyone when I say no apology necessary and it was an honor to have you in the sport.
Glover Teixeira is for real. He dominated Fabio Maldonado for two rounds before the doctors stepped in to stop the fight. Some are touting him as the man that can challenge Jon Jones for the belt, that thought may be premature, but he’s definitely a top light heavyweight. Both he and Rampage are asking for the originally scheduled fight that was meant for Saturday and who would argue?
Rampage is near the end of his career with only one fight left in his UFC contract and Teixeira looks like a man on a mission. A fight between the two would produce guaranteed fireworks and we could see how talented Teixeira is as a fighter.
The new Jon Fitch is better than the original. Many fans were ready to write him off after the knockout loss to Johny Hendricks, but Fitch showed he’s not going away quietly. Fitch used his wrestling to defeat highly touted Brazlian Erick Silva, but it wasn’t in typical Fitch fashion.
Did anyone ever believe that Fitch was going to earn a fight of the night bonus? He fought out of a deep rear naked choke and looked as if he has one more title run in him before he retires.