The UFC brought the Octagon to Brazil for the fifth time in history but never for a show quite like UFC 153. In the span of a single afternoon the main card was in absolute shambles due to injuries, though the disappointment would only last for a short time when days later it was announced middleweight champion Anderson Silva would take on beloved Ultimate Fighter veteran Stephan Bonnar at 205 pounds. “The Spider” entered the affair putting a fifteen-fight winning streak in the Octagon on the line, while Bonnar was in the dangerous position of battling with nothing to lose and everything the gain considering Silva’s status as pound-for-pound king.
In the end, Silva kept his run intact with an impressive win not unlike his victory over Forrest Griffin. The explosive Brazilian baited Bonnar from the beginning, dropping his hands and backing up against the fence before delivering a killer knee strike to his foe’s chest that left him incapacitated. Silva followed it up with a few strikes and the ref jumped in to stop things when Bonnar didn’t defend himself, handing the confident competitor a strike-based stoppage in the process.
As far as the co-main event, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira squared off with Dave Herman in a heavyweight scuffle. Fans who were anxious to see if Nogueira used his legendary jiu-jitsu against Herman exited the scrap with smiles after “Minotauro” did away with Herman’s assessment that BJJ doesn’t work in MMA by earning an Armbar victory in the second stanza of their scrap.
A full list of results can be found below:
Cristiano Marcello def. Reza Madadi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Chris Camozzi def. Luis Cane via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Sergio Moraes def. Renee Forte via submission at 3:10 of round 3 (rear naked choke)
Diego Brandao def. Joey Gambino via unanimous decision (30-27)
Gleison Tibau def. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Rony “Jason” def. Sam Sicilia via technical knockout at 4:16 of round 2 (Strikes from guard)
Demian Maia vs. Rick Story
Mario Yamasaki Reffing. Story pressing early, and Maia eats a hook. He scrambles and gets Story down. Story keeps scrambling up, but Maia takes his back. Maia sinks in the hooks, and Maia is working for the RNC. Maia squeezed so hard blood comes out of the mouth and nose, Story forced to tap.
Demian Maia def. Rick Story by submission at 2:36 of round 1 (rear naked choke)
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Prado pressing first, but feeling each other out. Mark Goddard is the third in the cage. Davis now pushing forward and jabbing, but not really landing anything. Davis tried to tie up Prado, but was pushed off easily. Davis ducks under a punch, and get the takedown. Hand fighting along the fence, and Prado uses it to almost get up. Prado gets up and gets put right back down. Davis landing a bit of ground and pound. Prado gets up, and Davis is putting on a wrestling clinic. All Davis this round.
Prado feeling it out now very leary of the takedown. Davis dancing trying to strike. Davis gets a hold of Prado and takes him down along the fence. Davis lands some ground and pound, but Prado pops up. Davis lands some jabs, and then shoots on Prado taking him down. Davis moves to side mount and begins working on Prado. Davis comes close to getting aan arm triangle choke, but Prado escapes. Prado dives for the legs of Davis, and Davis rolled Prado into an anaconda choke. Prado taps.
Phil Davis def. Wagner Prado via submission at 4:29 of round 2 (anaconda choke)
Both fighters feel each other out. Silva throws a knee, and Fitch takes him down with it. Fitch moves to his back, and lands strikes from his back. Silva slips up and they scramble apart. Big right hand from Silva but Fitch seems to be ok from it. Silva lands a few shots but Fitch clinches and works Silva a lot the fence. Fitch’s game plan is to control Silva in this one. Round ends with Fitch landing shots from the back mount.
More feeling out and they begin to brawl a bit in the center of the cage, and Silva sweeps him down and takes his back. Fitch has his back taken but he gets up, and breaks free. Fitch presses Silva up against the fence, but this one is defended. Silva takes Fitch down and gets his back and sinks in the rear naked choke. Silva can’t finish the choke, but it was close. Fitch rolls into Silva’s guard. Fitch gets Silva’s back and goes for the arm bar, and its close but Silva turns out of it as the round ends.
Fitch comes forward lands a jab, and pulls Silva to the floor. He lands shots from Silva’s back mount, and they are relentless. Silva gets free, and grabs the neck of Fitch for a guillotine choke but doesn’t get it. In a scramble, Fitch ends up with back mount landing shot. Silva gets up, and eats a few knees before Fitch rag dolls him to the floor. Fitch gets full mount and is absolutely working over Silva. Fitch is relentless landing constant shots on Silva. Goddard looks to stop the fight but Silva scrambles up. Round ends with Fitch hanging on the neck of Silva.
Jon Fitch def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28×2)
Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado
Mario Yamasaki reffing this one. Teixeira forward early and lands a mean left hook followed by another left and Maldonado goes down. Teixeira moves right into mount and is looking to finish via strikes. Elbows and punches from Teixeira and Maldonado rolls to his side. Teixeira grabs an arm triangle, but can’t finish it. He moves back into mount and begins landing more ground and pound. Maldonado somehow gets up he is standing throwing punches using the cage to stand. Teixeira takes him down. Round ends.
Teixeira comes out and takes Maldonado down. Maldonado gets up, Teixeira clearly the fresher fighter. Teixeira gets the back and moves into mount and begins landing some huge elbows from mount. Maldonado retains ½ guard but right back to side mount from Teixeira. Maldonado is hanging in there but this is all one way traffic. Yamasaki stands them up, and the doctor checks the eye of Maldonado. Fight starts again, and Teixeira looking to head hunt. Maldonado is on wobbly legs and eats some shots before the round ends. The bell rings and the doctor comes into the cage and stops the fight.
Glover Teixeira def. Fabio Maldonado via technical knockout at 5:00 of round 2 (doctor stoppage)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman
Nog comes forward and clinches with Herman and pulls it to the floor but ends up on the ground. Scramble up, Nog is hunting Herman, and catches a kick from Herman and presses him on the fence. herman gets out, and eats a left from Nog. Nog has Herman timed, but clinches with Herman and works more dirty boxing. Herman breaks free, and is landing some body kicks. Nog uses one to do some more dirty boxing. Nog almost gets the fight to the floor, but Herman pops up.Round ends. Herman smiling, not sure why.
Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar
Marc Goddard the ref. Bonnar out quickly as he turns the corner Silva stumbles. Bonnar goes in for the single up against the fence, and they exchange knees. Silva defending the take down well. Bonnar lands a few strikes but Silva gets the plum and rag dolls Bonnar around. Silva now toying with Bonna rand is just dodging the strikes of Bonnar with his back on the fence. Bonnar goes for the single but gets stopped. Bonnar throwing punches and Silva just dodging them. Bonnar comes swarming and Anderson grabs a single leg and trips Bonnar. Bonnar escapes but still trips away from Silva. He bounces off the cage only to eat a knee to the body from Silva and Bonnar collapses in a ball. Bonnar eats some punches from back mount, and Goddard saves him at 4:40.