Originally written September 12, 2012 on 5thRound.com:

From 5th Round:

Yes, you did read the headline correctly. After featherweight champ Jose Aldo forced the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion to scramble for a new UFC 153 main event, middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) has agreed to serve as a last-minute substitute to fight Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight affair.

USAToday reported the October 13th scrap Wednesday evening.

Silva previously professed his 2012 campaign was a wrap after beating Chael Sonnen in July. However, “The Spider” offered up his services to salvage UFC 151 when Jon Jones declined a last-second scrap with Sonnen to save the September 1st event, but it was too late.

The baddest middleweight in bare feet was willing to compete in a 205-pound bout because he wasn’t in a position to make middleweight at the time. It seems like that will once again be the case.

Of Silva’s 15 Octagon forays, two have been at light heavyweight. He easily knocked out James Irvin (2008) and Forrest Griffin (2009), respectively, in those two outings.

After losing three straight scraps, Bonnar has bounced back to rattle off a trio of consecutive victories. The former “The Ultimate Fighter 1” finalist was last seen taking a decision win over Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 139.

HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the fiesta.

Here is the show’s revised lineup:

Preliminary Card:

(Facebook 6:45PM ET/3:45PM PT)

Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi

Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi

Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte

(FX 8PM/5PM)

Joey Gambino vs. Diego Brandao

Francisco Trinaldo vs. Gleison Tibau

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Geronimo dos Santos

Rony “Jason” Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Demian Maia vs. Rick Story

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado

Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva

Dave Herman vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado

Stephan Bonnar vs. Anderson Silva

 

Also from 5th Round

Jon Jones surprised Dana White 'belittled' him

Jose Aldo injury caps rough year for Frankie Edgar

Rampage Jackson backs out of fight

 

Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

6 Comments:
  • Yes, the can collector (Silva) is at it again. Why wouldn't he fight Bonnar? He's fighting in Brazil and against someone of no relevance. This guy has done a remarkable job of manipulating the UFC and all of his fans. Let's be real here, he hasn't exactly fought a bunch of world beaters throughout his time. Only people up his arse remain blinded by this.
  • I kinda agree, but he's dominated all the middleweights and some B level LHWs and fighting another one. He's beat no mythical recently but he's looked godlike doing it. One strike KO to Belfort. Dominated Franklin twice and Hendo, both in their prime.

    So who has Conduit beat, a young Macdonald at the last 10 secs and young Ellenberger? What about BJ Penn, Hughes twice?

    But he bailed out the UFC when Jones wouldn't do that. Jones claime he wouldn't fight a tomato can to helpt he UFC and Dana White. Now he fights an overrated middleweight Vitor off a broken hand.
  • Hahahahahahahah... This is a joke, right?? Bonnar is going to get creeeeeeeaaaaaaaaamed...
  • Silva once again fighting somebody he knows he can beat. Stephan Bonner has recently talking about retiring because he knows he is just at "gate keeper" for up and comming fighters. This is a joke! Bonner may not even be in the top 20 anymore at 205. If Silva truely is the #1 PFP fighter in the the world he should either be fighting at top 10 light heavyweight or fight for the title against Wiedman, Bisbing or Boetsch. Silva just won't stick his neck out 1"
  • This makes Jon Jones look a punk. Jones fight the guy Silva beat a couple of months ago. Fights Vitor, whom Silva beat with one kick a year ago. Silva said he would've fought Jones with one week notice and now fights Bonnar. Now Silva steps up to fight a confident Bonnar.

    Bonnar might have the size to muscle Silva but his wrestling is subpar. He might win a brawl but doesn't have the speed to keep up with Silva.
    Anderson even has more KO power and his accuracy will pick apart Bonnar's defensive holes.
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