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Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar Booked for New UFC 153 Headliner; Edgar Removed From Card, Maldonado and Big Nog Added

(“The Burger King Triple Stacker — I don’t jump up to light-heavyweight on short notice without it.”)

After UFC 153 lost its main event and co-main event in the same day, UFC matchmakers needed to get creative if they wanted to avoid another financially devastating event-cancellation. And by God, they’ve gotten creative. USA Today has just confirmed that Anderson Silva will now be headlining the October 13th event in Rio de Janeiro, in a light-heavyweight feature against…Stephan, freakin’, Bonnar. Allow that delicious insanity to sink in for just a moment. Alright, let’s continue.

The report follows an earlier story broken by MMAFighting, which confirmed that Frankie Edgar has been removed from the event altogether. So if you chose “other” in today’s poll, award yourself five PotatoBux.

This will be the third light-heavyweight UFC appearance for Silva, who previously scored brilliant knockouts against 205′ers James Irvin (in July 2008) and Forrest Griffin (in August 2009). Bonnar, who is currently riding a three-fight win streak, has been vocal in recent months about his desire to get at least one more big fight before he exits the sport — remember his campaign for a TUF coaching gig against Griffin? — and sort of retired in July due to his frustration that another marquee matchup wasn’t materializing. Well, Bonnar’s got his big fish, for better or for worse. And if he lasts more than one round against the Spider, he’ll do better than any UFC light-heavyweight before him.

USA Today also reports that Brazilian gut-puncher Fabio Maldonado will be replacing Quinton Jackson in the UFC 153 co-main event against light-heavyweight rising star Glover Teixeira. Maldonado, who has lost back-to-back decisions against Kyle Kingsbury and Igor Pokrajac, was originally scheduled to fight Jorgen Kruth at UFC on FX 5 later this month, until Kruth retired out of the blue.

Also thickening up the UFC 153 main card will be a heavyweight feature between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira — who’s coming back from his arm-shattering loss to Frank Mir in December — and Dave Herman, who has been knocked out in his last two fights against Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson.

As UFC president Dana White said about the new matchups:

We’re back on track. Anderson Silva wasn’t scheduled to fight at all. I called him today, and he’s shooting a commercial in Brazil. Anderson Silva steps up, and Stephan Bonnar wants to fight him. The Teixeira vs. Maldonado fight comes together, and then Nogueira was standing right there with Anderson shooting the commercial with him, and he said he wanted to fight, too.

This is old-school UFC. 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 canceling an event.”

So what do you guys think of the new UFC 153 main event? Awesome, or totally stupid but still kind of awesome?

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NerdRage- September 15, 2012 at 11:31 am
Burger King has to be the worst MMA sponsor ever.

Definately more befitting of Roy Nelson.
bababooey- September 15, 2012 at 7:11 am
Fighter A -Ht. 6.2" ,Wt. 185-205 lbs(competes in MW & LHW)
Fighter B - Ht. 6.4" Wt. 205lbs (competes in LHW)
Fighter C- Ht. 5.10" Wt. 170lbs reach- (competes in MW)

Assuming fighters a,b&c are of equal skill level.Which pairing of fighters makes the most sense above?

@Get Off me- GSP natural weight reportedly 194lbs, Anderson Silva natural weight reportedly 230lbs. Thats a 36lb differential!!! Which is based on mostly on frame,height and muscle mass NOT FAT. Anderson Silva has never fought anyone his size at his skill level ever, exception may be a past his prime Hendo. Afighter he did not dominate. Silva is great at beating up unskilled fighters and people smaller than him. Silva my dear friend is a bitch
zhanbao- September 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm
ringjoker80- September 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm
They UFC layed an egg on this one. UFC 153 should have been Mendez vs Edgar main event, co main Belcher vs Weidman, Hunt vs Big Nog now these are fights id like to see. Stop this all about the money non sense and give us fans fights to watch.
Get Off Me- September 14, 2012 at 10:09 am
@RwilsonR I didn't give Griffin a snowball's chance back then, but u r correct as many of my boys thought Griffin was going to get Silva and it was like BJ/Sanchez when their faces dropped quickly in the first round. I think this fight is interesting, Bonnar put up a fight against Jones(a greener Jones) and dammit if it wasn't for that illegal spinning back elbow he took to the back of the head, he might of beat Jones LOL(if u ever saw Bonnar on Spike with Cartman). It's a showcase fight for the Brazilian fans, a make up for moving Silva/Sonnen2, a good time at the fights sorta night, which is fine from time to time. Going back to the Leites fight in Montreal(the first debacle) I left that fight feeling Soares+Silva made some money at the Vegas window by pushing that fight to a decision, the maia fight was a second example. I think there may be a chance to make some money betting this fight goes over the 1 or 1 1/2 rds and making money is always fun no?
RwilsonR- September 14, 2012 at 9:55 am
@ Get Off Me - I don't think the situation of Silva/Bonnar is a fair comparison to Silva/Griffin, even if the fight itself is a good comparison. At the time, Forrest was a recent LHW champion, was expecting to come in absolutely huge, and if not a real threat, posed an interesting question of whether a smaller, skinnier Silva could actually still dominate at 205 (James Irvin didn't really provide answer there). In this fight, there are no questions to be answered in this squash match. Nothing interesting to see here besides some dancing around before a knockout. The only question we want answered for Silva at 205 is Jon Jones.
Get Off Me- September 14, 2012 at 9:17 am
Not defending this matchup, simply asking if people enjoyed Silva/Griffin and using UFC 101 as an example of how it seems many people paid for that fight. I like the fact that Silva is going to fight again b4 the year is out. My point is if people get upset that Jones turned down a squash match and that Silva did not, it seems like no matter what happens we have a bunch of pissed off people all the time...make up your mind folks.

GSP weighed in at 194lbs yesterday at the gym, he cut's roughly 20-25lbs every time he fights.
guelph gym- September 15, 2012 at 12:15 am
lies gsp weighs 187 and he was interviewed this week at tri star and said he aint fighting anderson, anderson walks around at 225
guelph gym- September 15, 2012 at 12:12 am
lies gsp is at 187
bababooey- September 14, 2012 at 7:12 am
Fight someone good that's your own size Silva. Jones vs. Silva makes much more sense then Silva (walks around at Light heavy/heavy weight) vs. GSP (naturtal welterweight who cuts very little if any weight) Silva is a bitch
RSparrow- September 14, 2012 at 2:45 am
@Get off me, I agree with you sometimes man, but if you're gonna defend this matchup in any way, you have gone FULL RETARD. This is the stupidest shit I've heard in 10 years.
Get Off Me- September 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm
Did anyone else enjoy Griffin/Silva???This is similar to what we are getting @153...All I read is negativity. 850 000 people bought Griffin/Silva and if anyone cares to remember, it was largely contributed to the fact that this was a match up where Silva was going to be forced to engage his opponent....It's interesting that one minute it's JJ being shat on for not wanting to fight in a squash match for the sake of a card and now it's Silva getting shat on for taking a fight like this to save a card...fascinating.
smellypiratehooker- September 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm
@ armfarmer
The fact that A.Silvas head only pops up when when he is presented with gift wrapped wins is definately not respectable. For awhile now I've been disappointed in what I thought was one of the more bad-ass killers in the UFC. Maybe the problem is that he's just making too much money, isn't hungry anymore. I think that we're coming into a time where anyone who is making fuck loads of money are going to be more concerned about keeping the fuck loads coming in, and less about pleasing fans. I hope I'm wrong.

Bud, I'm with ya on this one. It sucks that he won't fight his "buddy", who if he beat, would definately cement his legacy as being a fucking multi-division killer. But he is corrupt. He recently annouced that he will be around for another six years. Ya of course. So he can fight once a year and still be sponcered by nike and reek the benifits of being a fighter.
holeeball- September 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm
I don't think twitter is as irrelevant as you make it out to be. At the very least it is indicative of relative interest of the masses regarding certain individuals. It means 2M people went to the trouble of following some individuals but not others. It means 2M people give enough of a fuck to subscribe to Anderson Silva.
More than double the people who bothered following Sonnen and JJ put together. Meaning there is limited cross section at most and that Silva is, simply put, much more popular. If that translates into PPV I don't know nor care but I'd wager it does.
Gobbleston- September 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm
@smellypiratehooker One of my problems with this particular matchup is that it's at 205. There's no chance of him fighting bones, but he'll accept Bonner. It makes them seem somehow related, like almost trying to tout Anderson as the "smaller" fighter stepping up to a legitimate challenge at a higher weight class. I guess I'm angry at the concept of someone not knowing/understand that this is a can-crusher. On your other comment, I could see that. I loved watching Fedor smush people that probably didn't actually physically exist until they were in the ring with him. But with Fedor, I never got a squirmy pick and choose which fight to take kind of feeling. :/
The12ozCurls- September 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm
I am stuck at work and hungry like the wolf. I would totally eat the fuck out of that triple stack burger right god damn now!
RearNakedSpoon- September 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm
I hope Bonnar and Belfort just go hell for leather with illegal strikes until they are weak enough to get a controversial upset win or be ruled a no contest. They have nothing to win and nothing to lose.
ArmFarmer- September 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Especially considering how Anderson has performed in those in the past.. putting Anderson against someone that's not worthy has not yielded good results in the past.
ArmFarmer- September 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm
I'm not saying I don't enjoy a good one sided beat down from time to time, they are fun to watch I agree. I think one of those per televised card would help ratings. My problem is when you put off title fights to do it. I just can't agree with putting the pfp goat in a non title squash match.
smellypiratehooker- September 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Suprisingly well for Douglas to answer your question.

But my point was not whether upsets happen because I don't think that anyone here has to be explained of that, my point was that sometimes lop-sided fights can be entertaining, just not competitive or sport-like.

@ armfarmer
Exactly. Look, like most people here, I too want fights that have meaning and decide who really is the best fighter. But every now in then I can handle a little david vs Golith cause as you so keenly pointed out, I am a fan of pride.

ArmFarmer- September 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm
@holee ball, I'm not calling a number irrelevant. I'm calling twitter irrelevant. As for your comments on Bonner, the only people throwing him under the bus are Dana and Joe Silva. We still like the guy, we just know he's going to get destroyed in a completely pointless fight. @piratehooker "Some of the most entertaining fights were guys that had no business being in the ring with the other" You have just described in a nutshell why pride was popular.
SquidInk- September 13, 2012 at 11:57 am
@smellypiratehooker - "When Tyson was coming up I didn't think any of those poor sons-of-bitches had any chance of beating him but it was still fun to watch tyson tuck them into bed."

Yeah, until a can by the name of Buster Douglas came along. How'd that work out?
smellypiratehooker- September 13, 2012 at 11:52 am
I hear what your saying. I do find his opponent selecting questionable in regards to his champion spirit, but I don't have to be unsure of the outcome to be excited about a fight. I know, I'm a fan of can-crushers...sometimes. When Tyson was coming up I didn't think any of those poor sons-of-bitches had any chance of beating him but it was still fun to watch tyson tuck them into bed.

I guess what I'm saying is that this fight is purely eye-candy and carries very little weight as to whether Silva is getting tested or Bonnar deserves it.
El Guapo- September 13, 2012 at 10:49 am
Wait, no. Scratch that. I got TittyTwister confused with PenFifteen. Pen's the Spider groupie, Titty wants Bones to bone him. My bad.
mt59801- September 13, 2012 at 10:45 am
I sense a conspiracy, the baldfather is going to sacrifice Bonnar to appease the evil spirits that have been injuring his fighters. That is the only way this fight makes sense. I still think my Overeem vs a live horse matchup would get more PPV buys than anything the UFC has come up with in the last 3 months.
just some dong- September 13, 2012 at 10:43 am
At least football's back on.
El Guapo- September 13, 2012 at 10:41 am
Where's TittyTwister? He's the one who always defends The Spider, right? I figured he'd have his usual seventeen posts proclaiming The Spider's greatness/how he can do no wrong. Can't wait to hear him spin this one..
"Bonnar is bigger! Anderson is actually an underdog here! Leave Anderson alone! Leave him aloooone!"