It’s been a wild week for MMA fans and UFC officials after the withdrawal of Jose Aldo and Quinton Jackson from the organization’s card in Rio de Janeiro on October 13. Fortunately, the event’s location prompted interest from a number of high-profile Brazilian fighters including middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva, who volunteered to help out when the promotion needed a headliner at UFC 151, apparently did the same again this time around too but was given a green-light.
According to an announcement from the UFC, Silva will return to light heavyweight next month at UFC 153 where he’ll face Stephan Bonnar in a three-round main event. “The Spider” has not fought at 205 pounds since pummeling Bonnar’s fellow Ultimate Fighter 1 finalist Forrest Griffin in 2009.
The 14-7 Bonnar is currently riding a three-fight winning streak but hasn’t stepped foot inside the Octagon since a November victory over Kyle Kingsbury. The 35-year old even teased retirement earlier this year while citing an interest in hanging up his gloves unless he was given a marquee match-up (as is clearly the case with Silva).
Silva is coming off a second round TKO of Chael Sonnen, marking his sixteenth straight instance of success. He holds an overall record of 32-4 and is considered by most to be the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA.
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