Anderson Silva to fight Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153

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    Anderson Silva won after returning to the octagon for the first time since his horrific leg injury.

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    Breaking: In a shock move, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva is set to make his return to the light-heavyweight division against perennial contender Stephan Bonnar at the UFC 153 main event next month.

    The Rio de Janeiro card was originally slated to have UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo defending his title against Frankie Edgar, with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson facing Glover Texeira in the co-main event.

    Injuries to both Aldo and Jackson announced early Wednesday put the card in jeopardy.

    Texeira will now fight Fabio Maldonado in the co-main event.

    “This is old school UFC,” said UFC president Dana White, strongly hinting at his recent problems with Jon Jones pulling out of a proposed fight with Chael Sonnen, and thus cancelling UFC 151.

    “A card is in jeopardy, but guys that are world champions and superstars stepped up and jumped in and saved the card.

    “This is why the fans love this sport and why we went on a 12-year run without cancelling an event.”

    Silva’s next fight marks his return to 205lbs. His last outing in the division was a one-sided knockout victory over Bonnar’s TUF 1 rival Forrest Griffin at UFC 101.

    Silva’s latest move certainly raises a few questions. Will he stay at 205lbs? Will he continue to defend his middleweight strap? Is a fight with light-heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones looming?

    As for the impending Bonnar bout, common sense dictates that it will be an almost identical result to the Griffin fight.

    Yet in a sport where a split-second misstep can end affairs abruptly, it still always pays to tune in.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • September 13th 2012 @ 2:34pm
      Fryzie86 said | September 13th 2012 @ 2:34pm | ! Report

      Let me be the first to thank and commend Nogueira, Herman, Silva and Bonnar for stepping up to fight. I think for a Brazillian event, the crowd will eat this card up. Anderson and Big Nog are both revered over there.

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      September 13th 2012 @ 3:30pm
      JazzyJase said | September 13th 2012 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

      Brazillians will go mad for this.

      How long until Bonnar a) gets a cut b) gets ko’d

      • September 13th 2012 @ 4:53pm
        RebelRanger said | September 13th 2012 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

        I watch the Silva/ Griffin fight on a daily basis.. Bonnar will fare much worse, MUCH WORSE !

      • September 14th 2012 @ 4:19pm
        Ronnie Liddle said | September 14th 2012 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

        agreed but he wont get cut – he’ll retire. no way Dana would let the media know he got fired.

        Bonnar will pull the pin saying – at least i got to fight the best fighter in the world.

        • September 14th 2012 @ 5:11pm
          RebelRanger said | September 14th 2012 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

          What’s the bet Silva will win by submission and this is all some set up phoney fight.

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      September 14th 2012 @ 8:24am
      JazzyJase said | September 14th 2012 @ 8:24am | ! Report

      Fuel TV are showing archive UFC now. Last night was UFC 84 i think and featured Wanderlei Silva v Jardine and BJ Penn was main event. They used to show similar on One HD until fox bought the contract.
      all action and much better than the talkfests Fuel have previously been showing

    • September 14th 2012 @ 9:11am
      DJ said | September 14th 2012 @ 9:11am | ! Report

      Bonnar a perennial contender? Really? He’s NEVER been a contender…

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