UFC 153: 5 Reasons to Go Back and Watch UFC 153 Again
The promotion leading up to the lopsided light heavyweight bout between Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar was that there would either be a "spectacular knockout" or a "historic upset."
Every MMA fan on the planet knew the chances of the latter happening were astronomical.
Silva delivered on his end with a spectacular knee to the body in the first round that left Bonnar in the fetal position.
While the main event lived up to the bill, it was the rest of the fight card that surprised naysayers. There were six fights attached to the main card, and nearly every one of them ended in a knockout or submission.
The only fight that went the distance was the welterweight tilt between Jon Fitch and Erick Silva, which was awarded "Fight of the Night" honors.
In a sport as unpredictable as MMA, it's never a good idea to write off an entire fight card. UFC 153 didn't boast the most significant main event, but it was stacked with great stylistic matchups.
Here are five reasons to go back and watch UFC 153 again.
Main Card Exceeded Expectations
How many times have "stacked" events disappointed?
It seems to happen too often in MMA. Oddly enough, it's usually the fight cards no one expects that reign supreme among marquee events.
UFC 153 had everything an MMA event could hope for.
There were spectacular finishes involving some of the sport's biggest names, newer stars were welcomed into the mainstream spotlight and every aspect of fighting was represented in the purest form.
UFC 153 is the kind of experience you want first-timers to have when watching the sport.
The opportunity to witness two legends like Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira competing on the same fight card should be considered an honor for fans.
Think of the many MMA legends that have come and gone over the years. It's rare to see future Hall of Famers still competing at the highest level in the sport.
Silva and Nogueira are close friends, and they have both supported one another since day one. After defeating Dave Herman, it was amazing to see Nogueira emerge from the locker room to hug Silva before his big fight with Stephan Bonnar.
These are moments that last a lifetime.
For years, people have complained about Jon Fitch's fighting style, but at UFC 153, his fight with Erick Silva was deemed "Fight of the Night."
Nothing changed in Fitch's approach to the fight. As always, he utilized his wrestling to get the fight to the ground and rain down punches.
The only difference this time around was Silva's ability to scramble from the bottom. Fighters typically try to tie Fitch up and hope the referee resets the fight back on the feet.
Instead of stalling on bottom, Silva did everything in his power to find openings to scramble or lock up a submission. As the old saying goes, it takes two to tango.
Fighters and fans can learn a lot from Silva.
The Turning Point for Erick Silva
UFC President Dana White could be right in his comparison of Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva to Matt Hughes vs. Georges St-Pierre.
It was the loss to Hughes that really turned St-Pierre's career around. He took positives away from his loss and built on them.
At only 28 years of age, Silva's talent is undeniable. Fitch represented his first major step up in competition, and he gave the perennial welterweight contender all he could handle.
Years from now, fans could look back on this fight as the turning point in Silva's career.
Anderson Silva’s Brilliance
People tend to take Anderson Silva for granted.
He is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent that the sport may never see again. Fans should cherish every opportunity there is to watch him compete.
Silva knocking out Bonnar was just the icing on the cake of his brilliant performance at UFC 153. His precision was the story of the night.
Even though Bonnar was positioned awkwardly, Silva still managed to land a perfectly placed knee to the solar plexus.
It has nothing to do with power or force. Silva's true gift comes from his persistent timing and accuracy. He always manages to put every strike in the right place at the right time.
At 37 years of age, Silva must know that his career is slowly coming to an end. He will one day be compared with other sports icons like Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.
Fans could one day regret missing out on moments like UFC 153.