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.
Our partners at 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.
The baddest middleweight in bare feet was willing to compete in a 205-pound affair 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 knocked out James Irvin and Forrest Griffin, 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 current lineup:
(Facebook 7PM ET/4PM PT)
Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi
Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
Joey Gambino vs. Diego Brandao
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Gleison Tibau
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Geronimo dos Santos
Rony “Jason” Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia
Glover Teixeira vs. TBD
Demian Maia vs. Rick Story
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
Dave Herman vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Stephan Bonnar vs. Anderson Silva
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