Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
UFC 153: "Silva vs. Bonnar," which emanated from the HSBC Arena on Oct. 13, 2012 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is officially in the books. And when the dust had settled and the smoke had cleared, fans got exactly what they were promised.
If you were one of the thousands of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans at home, or in attendance for the UFC 153: "Silva vs. Bonnar" pay-per-view (PPV), which broadcasted a six-fight main card from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, you have to be pretty happy with the finished product.
It came exactly as advertised.
The main event featured the greatest fighter in the history of the UFC, reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva, taking on a grizzled veteran who never quite made it to the top in Stephan Bonnar. A few of us tried to make it interesting, but at the end of the day, our biggest argument was, "Well, it is at light heavyweight."
I think most of us knew that going in, which is why UFC President Dana White reiterated this was a "fun fight" designed to fill a massive hole when Jose Aldo flew off his motorcycle and right out of the headlining spot. I'm not sure this first round technical knockout (TKO) win for "The Spider" does much for his legacy, just as I don't feel like it hurts the past accomplishments of "The American Psycho" as he rides off into the sunset.
Not much, I'm afraid. Silva was already planning to take some time off as he waits to see what Georges St. Pierre can do against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 next month in Montreal. Fighting "Rush" seems to be his priority, even if fights against Chris Weidman or Jon Jones are what the fans have been asking for.
He was already contemplating retirement and it's hard to imagine the UFC being able to produce a name big enough to appease his twitter demands. That said, he can probably call it quits inside the cage and still have a fruitful career in MMA based on his popularity and broadcasting experience.
Tonight was all about dominance.
In addition to the headliner, most of the other PPV fights this evening were mismatches, as well. Erick Silva got Jon Fitch way too soon, Rick Story was outclassed on the ground, Fabio Maldonado had a puncher's chance and Dave Herman was fighting Michael Myers. Again, we all probably knew that going in, but it didn't stop any of those bouts from being exciting.
Or as Dana calls them, "fun."
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