Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar Now Headlines UFC 153

Written by Tom Ngo
September 12th, 2012

UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva

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 shootout 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 outings.

After running the reverse trifecta, Bonnar has bounced back to rattle off three 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

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