After injuries forced Jose Aldo and Quinton Jackson out of UFC 153, the organization was in need of a star to step up and save the event. Silva, Bonnar, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Dave Herman all helped out their employer by giving UFC 153 a completely new main event and co-main event.
In addition to the last-minute additions to the fight card, Saturday's event will also feature a number of Brazilians attempting to rise toward the top of their respective divisions.
Heavily hyped light heavyweight Glover Teixeira will attempt to pick up his second UFC win in a bout against Fabio Maldonado. Fast-rising welterweight Erick Silva meets Jon Fitch in a bout that could propel the Brazilian toward contending for the 170-pound title.
To promote UFC 153, which will be held at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a pre-fight press conference will be held on Thursday at 12 p.m. ET. Event headliners Silva, Bonnar, Nogueira and Herman will likely join UFC president Dana White for the presser.
Video of the press conference will be streamed live on the above video player. After the presser, stay tuned to Bleacher Report MMA for all the latest on UFC 153 and the rest of your MMA needs.