UFC 153 Results: Power Ranking the UFC's Brazilian Fight Cards

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UFC 153 Results: Power Ranking the UFC's Brazilian Fight Cards
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Brazil is simply known as "the land of happiness" to historians, but to UFC fans, it is believed to be the mecca of MMA.

UFC 153 marked the fifth time the promotion has returned to the homeland of all-time greats like Anderson Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Vitor Belfort and Royce Gracie.

In the main event, Silva put his legacy on the line against MMA journeyman Stephan Bonnar, a man desperately seeking the biggest upset in UFC history. Despite a valiant effort from Bonnar, Silva netted the first round knockout and kept the wheels in motion toward all-time greatness.

The co-main event featured another all-time great in Minotauro Nogueira. At 36 years of age, Nogueira's body has seen plenty of battles, and his scars are displayed vividly for the entire world to see.

Even so, he is still able to press on against some of the best heavyweights in the world. He submitted Dave Herman on Saturday night to extend his career win total to 80.

UFC 153 was often scrutinized for a lackluster main event, but the actual fight card ended up exceeding original expectations.

How does it rank in comparison to the other UFC Brazilian fight cards? The UFC has enjoyed plenty of historical moments in Brazil.

Who could ever forget Belfort blasting "The Axe Murderer" across the cage with multiple jab-straight combos? What about Jose Aldo waving a flag and surfing a crowd of Brazilian fans after his big knockout win over Chad Mendes? How about Nogueira returning from an injury and destroying a major heavyweight prospect in Brendan Schaub?

It's time to take in a little history as Bleacher Report ranks the UFC's best Brazilian fight cards.

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