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UFC 153: Memorable Images from the Silva vs. Bonnar Card

Craig AmosFeatured Columnist IVDecember 18, 2016

UFC 153: Memorable Images from the Silva vs. Bonnar Card

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    Since a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, what better way to recap the weekend's UFC 153 action than by revisiting some of the most stimulating images produced by the event?

    Since there was no shortage of blistering action, spectacular finishes or meaningful performances, the images presented here are limiting.

    Still, the following 10 illustrations do well to reanimate many of the defining moments of UFC 153.

    Enjoy.

Phil Davis and Wagner Prado Channel Their Inner Stooges

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    The UFC 153 main card featured a light heavyweight rematch between Phil Davis and Wagner Prado.

    They first faced each other back at UFC on FOX 4 earlier this August, but an unintentional eye-poke from Davis left Prado unable to continue and rendered the bout a no-contest.

    At the UFC 153 weigh-ins, Davis and Prado joked about the incident, with Prado setting up some tried-and-tested defense to protect his peepers and Davis gesticulating an incoming eye-gouge.

    The moment provided some levity to the otherwise standard pre-fight ceremony.

Cristiano Marcello and Reza Madadi Engage in a Slugfest

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    UFC 153's opening match featured a pair of grapplers who seemed to forget their roots. Marcello and Madadi contested their entire bout standing up, exchanging blows in a back-and-forth contest that lasted the full fifteen-minute allowance.

    Though both fighters put on a nice show for the crowd, it was Marcello who earned the nod from two of three Octagon-side judges. The decision was Marcello's first UFC victory in his 15-year career.

    This depiction nicely illustrates the intensity and pace of the contest.

Sergio Moraes Locks in a Rear-Naked Choke on Renee Forte

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    Brazilians Sergio Moraes and Renee Forte entered Saturday evening's clash with aspirations of scoring their first UFC win.

    In a back-and-forth affair that saw considerable offense mounted from both parties, it was Moraes who got the last say, sinking in a rear-naked choke that forced Forte to cry uncle.

    The submission victory was the sixth of Moraes' mixed martial arts career, and the first during his UFC tenure.

Grizzled Veteran Jon Fitch Schools Rising Star Erick Silva

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    Perennial welterweight contender Jon Fitch was tasked with halting the momentum of Brazilian up-and-comer Erick Silva, in a main card fight that produced a one-sided decision.

    Round 1 belonged to Fitch, who was able to avoid his opponent 'striking and control the fight on the mat. Round 2 saw Silva mount something of a comeback, damaging Fitch on the feet and holding his own on the floor.

    But it was Round 3 that proved the decisive factor, belonging entirely to Fitch. 

    Fitch spent the better part of five minutes looking to stop an exhausted Silva, who was able to hang on only because Fitch was almost equally fatigued. 

    Though he didn't get the finish—or maybe because he didn't get the finish—the performance was vintage Jon Fitch.

Demian Maia Attempts to Squeeze Rick Story's Brains out

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    Demian Maia  aggressively continued to assert himself into the welterweight title picture by dominating Rick Story at UFC 153.

    It took the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu demi-god just 2:30 to tap out Story with a rear-naked choke—a maneuver that appeared to be as brutally painful as it was effective.

    If you want to see a little bit of the gore omitted from this photo, check out the GIF displaying Maia's handiwork.

Fabiano Maldonado Redefines the Word 'Tough'

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    In what may have been the most brutal, one-sided thrashing of the year, Glover Teixeira trounced Fabiano Maldonado for a full 10 minutes, before the ringside doctor mercifully stepped in to save the mangled fighter.

    Though the match featured a great performance by Teixeira, the real story was Maldonado's unbelievable threshold for pain, his ridiculous capacity to shrug off damage and his staggering will to persevere.

    Any creature made from flesh and bone would have covered up and waited for the referee to save him, but Maldonado just wouldn't give up. Every time Teixeira had him on the brink, he'd somehow find his way back—and then he came forward.

    Though the fight was a blowout, Maldonado's exhibition of relentless willpower isn't something while soon be forgetting.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Blasts Dave Herman

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    In his first match back after suffering a devastating submission loss to Frank Mir in December 2011, Minotauro Nogueira dominated Dave Herman before ending the fight in Round 2.

    Before Nogueira locked in an arm-bar, he put his opponent on the mat with this left-hand, which signified the beginning of the end for the outmatched Herman.

Minotauro Nogueira Asserts That Jiu-Jitsu Does Indeed Work

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    Dave Herman has been outspoken about his belief that jiu-jitsu doesn't work in mixed martial arts. In an interview with MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani, Herman made the following assertion:

    "I honestly really don't think [jiu-jitsu] does work. If you have any knowledge at all of jiu-jitsu, it's just not going to work. If you literally have never heard of anything and have no idea what they're doing, OK, kind of like the first UFC, yeah jiu-jitsu works. It's kind of like trickery, basically. You know, if you have any idea about any of the tricks, there just not going to work, unless you're a complete idiot and fall for it."

    Herman's comments were a source of controversy leading up to and during the match, right up until the moment Nogueira schooled him with an arm-bar that forced a tap-out.

    The victory was a sweet one for Nogueira, and probably a bit humbling for Herman, who must be a "complete idiot" to have fallen into the hold.

Anderson Silva Finishes Stephan Bonnar

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    After toying with Bonnar for a few minutes, Silva finally decided that there was some place else he'd rather be than the UFC Octagon.

    Once resolved to get that whole UFC fight thing out of the way, Silva blasted Bonnar with a flying knee, pursued him to the mat and finished the fight with a flurry of punches.

    Chalk this scene up as another highlight on "The Spider's" already legendary reel.

Silva and Nogueira Celebrate After the UFC 153 Main Event

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    The two legends and long-time friends embraced after Silva's TKO victory over Stephan Bonnar.

    Both fighters are national MMA figures in Brazil, so seeing them together inside the Octagon at a UFC event in Brazil was a special moment for the sport.

    Certainly, it stands as a lasting image to take away from UFC 153.

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