August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Wagner Prado reacts after being poked in the eye by Phil Davis during the light heavyweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been forced to shuffle up a few fights cards thanks to the cancellation of UFC 151 and one of the bouts affected is the rematch between Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado, which was originally scheduled to take place at UFC on FX 5 on Oct. 5, 2012, in Minneapolis.
Now, according to a report from Sportv.Globo.com, the light heavyweight battle will move to the UFC 153 pay-per-view (PPV) event set for Oct. 13 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The opening was created when Vitor Belfort accepted a title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 152 and Alan Belcher was officially taken off the card due to a spinal fracture.
Quinton Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira will now serve as the co-main event.
This rematch was set up thanks to a smoz finish in the first bout that took place at UFC on Fox 4 this past Aug. 4 in Los Angeles. Just over a minute into that meeting, Davis poked Prado in the eye, leading to a doctor stoppage.
It was an unsatisfying end to Prado's Octagon debut, but he's getting a second chance to make good.
Davis (9-1) saw his undefeated record snapped by former division champion Rashad Evans earlier this year, in a bout where the NCAA Division I national champion wrestler out of Penn State was stymied across five rounds en route to a convincing unanimous decision loss.
Time to get back on the horse.
Prado (8-0) cut his teeth on the South American regional scene, racking up seven (T)KO wins in his eight fights and is one of the few Brazilians who comes into the Octagon without a single submission win. I guess you don't need to work the ground game when you're that good at knocking fools out.
UFC 153 will feature a 145-pound showdown between UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo vs Erik Koch in the main event of the evening, while former 205-pound division champion Quinton Jackson will likely compete for the last time in the Octagon against fast-rising Brazilian banger Glover Teixeira.
As always, keep it locked to MMAmania.com for any future updates.