UFC 153 Preview

The UFC has been a promotion that prides itself on creating great matchups and more often than not they do exactly that. The matchmaker Joe Silva has regularly been a big reason to why the UFC has been so popular. Silva creates dream matchups that are the lifeblood of the UFC and of MMA in general. There are the home run matchups like the Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz fights but this is not what has made Silva so good. Instead it has been the matchups that nobody sees coming that has made the UFC so good. Joe Silva has the ability to see a matchup that can hold up an entire card when nobody thought they would. This is the skill that Joe Silva has that makes most cards great although many of the recent fights on Pay-per-Views have been great on paper but terrible in the octagon. The UFC is hoping to turn things around after two good free fights but they will take a completely different strategy. Instead of setting up a great fight on paper the UFC has essentially sent a lamb to slaughter in what seems like the biggest mismatch in UFC history. It could be an attempt by the UFC to provide a big storyline and the potentially a big upset. I have to say though that it will be a big gamble for the UFC as the main event at UFC 153 looks like one of the worst in years. In one corner there is the Middleweight Champion and one of the best fighters in the history of MMA. Anderson Silva is considered the top fighter in the world in any weight class. He has all of the stats to back it up too as he has never lost in the UFC going 15-0 including an unprecedented 10 title defences that stretch back to 2007. Nobody has come close to beating the champion with 10 KOs and 3 submissions during his amazing run. As a result of the skill and determination of Anderson Silva the Middleweight Division has been all but cleared out. Silva has started to fight in the Light Heavyweight division with no other fighters left to fight in the Middleweight division. This is what Stephan Bonnar is up against at UFC 153 when he gets a shot at the middleweight champion. Bonnar earned a lifetime pass in the UFC after his first fight when he took on Forrest Griffin in the first ever The Ultimate Fighter Finale. This was the fight that changed the UFC forever as it marked the first reality show winner in UFC history and was the fight that jump started everything. The epic war between Bonnar and Griffin launched the UFC into the mainstream and started the meteoric rise that has made the UFC one of the most popular sports in the world. Stephan Bonnar came out on the losing end of that fight but for standing in there and going toe-to-toe gave him a spot in the UFC for as long as he wants to fight. With this chance Bonnar has been a middle of the road fighter who has never really been put into the top of the division. Now after a three fight win streak where Bonnar really didn’t beat any big names he will get a chance at the champion in what will be another fight for the most dominant fighter ever this time in the Light Heavyweight Division. The UFC would like to say otherwise as they are really hoping for the biggest upset in UFC history as they would love to see Bonnar put up a big effort to win if only to show that their mathcups are not so far off. Bonnar is not a terrible fighter by any means as he has proven to be one of the toughest fighters in the UFC. He is more of an old school fighter who loves to stand and trade. Meanwhile Anderson Silva is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the UFC as he has the ability to throw timely strikes and can submit anyone on the ground. It would be an amazing story and something that wpould surprise everyone yet give Joe Silva another boost in making great matchups. If Bonnar could pull off the upset it would be the biggest one in UFC history and would be another big fight in his career. It would be great to see the massive upset but we live in reality where nobody has beat Anderson Silva and only one person has challenged him since he started his 15-0 run in the UFC. Anderson Silva will win this fight and it will not be a highlight in the career of Joe Silva as it will be very one-sided. Silva wins this fight easily as he will end it in the first round by submission.

One of the main reasons that Silva even took the fight against Bonnar was the fact that UFC 153 would be the UFC’s return to Brazil. With UFC’s biggest star fighting in his home country there will be plenty of other fighters to follow him. The UFC has made a habit of featuring the best fighters from each country whenever they travel. It is something for all of the fans to cheer about when they see their own countrymen fight in front of the home crowd. For Brazil fans this is great as the UFC has a large stable of Brazilian fighters to showcase every time they go back to Brazil. The list continues to grow two as the Brazilian fans will see their newest star in The Ultimate Fighter Brazil winner Rony Jason who will take on Sam Sicilia in the last undercard fight. There are no fights on this card without a Brazilian but some of the biggest names will be featured in the main event. Demian Maia continues his climb back up the welterweight ladder against Rick Story. Minotauro Nogueira also looks to continue his comeback in front of his home crowd as he takes on Dave Herman in a heavyweight matchup. The crowd will also see some new stars as Fabio Maldonado and Wagner Prado will fight in front of the Brazilians for the first time with both at the start of their UFC careers. The fans will also get a treat seeing the fastest rising star Erick Silva take on Jon Fitch. The Brazilian fans will be happy to see their own fighters face off on the biggest stage and as they continue to be one of the fighter factories there will be plenty more to feature as the UFC begins to make a trip to Brazil a regular occurence.

 

Fight Card 

 

Main Event:
Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Stephen “American Psycho” Bonnar (PPV)

 

Main Card:
Minotauro Nogueira vs. Dave Herman (PPV)

 

Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado (PPV)

 

Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva (PPV)

 

Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis vs. Wagner “Caldeirao” Prado (PPV)

 

Demian Maia vs. Rick “The Horror” Story (PPV)

 

Undercard:
Rony Jason vs. Sam Sicilia (Sportsnet)

 

Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga vs. Geronimo Dos Santos (Sportsnet)

 

Gleison Tibau vs. Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo (Sportsnet)

 

Diego “Ceara” Brandao vs. Joey “The Raging Warrior” Gambino (Sportsnet)

 

Sergio “Serginho” Moraes vs. Renee Forte (Sportsnet)

 

Luiz “Banha” Cane vs. Chris Camozzi (Facebook)

 

Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza “Mad Dog” Madadi (Facebook)

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