In the main event that, according to the commercials, was either going to feature an historic upset or an incredible knockout, it was Anderson Silva walking out of UFC 153 against Stephan Bonnar with a victory.
Silva and Bonnar was basically a last-minute replacement to save the event. UFC had just cancelled a pay-per-view a couple of weeks before losing featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to injuries. Silva offered his services for the show, in his home country of Brazil.
Bonnar has basically been retired since defeating Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 139 last November. He was still active in the MMA community but wasn't doing anything of note when he got the call to take this fight.
It was fought at Bonnar's traditional weight of 205 pounds—Silva usually fights at 185, but this was his third career bout at light heavyweight. Regardless of how much the opponents weigh, Silva just keeps dispatching them.
Not that this result should come as a surprise to anyone, Bonnar entered the contest as one of the biggest underdogs in UFC history, so he certainly played his part correctly.
This was an interesting bout for UFC. It was apparent that the company needed to do something drastic, not needing anymore negative publicity after the cancellation of a pay-per-view in September.
Give Silva credit for doing what he did to give the fans a show. But, this is one of those contests that really means nothing, at least based on the way it played out. If Bonnar had won, the world might have collapsed in on itself.
Still, it is always great to see Silva in his element and proving why he is the greatest mixed martial artist of this generation. Light heavyweight or middleweight, it doesn't matter—he is going to run over anyone in his way.
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