Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Chael Sonnen (not pictured) during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
"The Spider," who was supposed to take the rest of 2012 off after wiping the floor with Chael Sonnen in their rematch at UFC 148, will return to the Octagon next month to take on Stephan Bonnar in the 205-pound, three-round UFC 153 main event.
USA Today brought word of the news a short time ago, shocking the mixed martial arts (MMA) world just 24 hours after the pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sat., Oct. 13, 2012, lost its top two fights.
So we're clear, for Bonnar, Silva is certainly a "big name fight" worth coming out of semi-retirement for even if it's short notice and he has not competed since Nov. 2011. Seems like a no-brainer, really, for a 35-year-old fighter on the downside of a successful career to either go big, or, go home.
He does have three straight wins inside the Octagon, but that's nothing compared to Silva's six-year undefeated reign of terror with the promotion.
UFC President Dana White remarks:
"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."
UFC 153 was just the latest fight card of many to get hit hard with injuries. In fact, the promotion just canceled UFC 151 last month when its number one Light Heavyweight contender, Dan Henderson, had to withdraw from his main event fight with division champion Jon Jones.
Back on track? Probably not.
However, Bonnar is certainly a game fighter even though he is nowhere near Silva's league. Then again, Bonnar is 6'4" and will certainly enjoy a size advantage, and probably not much else, over his Brazilian counterpart.
It's not better than the re-worked main event that was ultimately scrapped, Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, but it's certainly a fun fight.
Silva certainly gets points in my book, likely win or unlikely loss for stepping up when he certainly didn't have to.
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