UFC 153 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 12, from Brazil as middleweight champion Anderson Silva headlines the card against Stephan Bonnar. Here is a look at the matches from the main card from the upcoming MMA event.
In a welterweight bout, Demian Maia takes on Rick Story. Maia dropped to the welterweight division and won his first fight after his opponent, Dong Hyum Kim, injured himself after a takedown. However, Story is on a tear, winning six in a row to improve his record to 7-2, including big wins over Thiago Alves and Johny Hendricks.
In a light heavyweight bout, Phil Davis fights Wagner Prado. This is a rematch following a battle where Davis poked Prado in the eye. However, Davis is the better fighter here and should win this rematch unless another “inadvertent” eye poke occurs.
Jon Fitch and Erick Silva battle in a welterweight bout next. Silva has been a beast so far in his UFC career and has just dominated his fights. However, Fitch is an amazing talent, at one time considered one of the best welterweights in the world. This fight can steal the show.
Fabio Maldonado takes on Glover Teixeira in an anticipated light heavyweight match. It seems like no one wants to fight Teixeira because they have everything to lose and nothing to gain. Fabio is only fighting him because of Quinton Jackson’s injury. This is Teixeira’s second UFC bout after winning in May following a first round submission.
In a heavyweight bout, Dave Herman takes on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Herman can only win here if he gets some big strikes early, but Big Nog is the more experienced, intelligent fighter. This is one half of the co-main event but it shouldn’t be a close fight.
The main event is even more of a disadvantage. Anderson Silva is the 13-to-1 odds favorite to win this fight over Stephan Bonnar, and only Bonnar and his training partner Dave Bautista thinks he has a chance. Silva, the greatest UFC fighter going today, should have few problems picking up his 16th consecutive win.
UFC 153 airs live on PPV on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 p.m. EST. The preliminary fights air on FX and Facebook.
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