UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will return to the 205-pound division to take on Stephan Bonnar, while Glover Teixeira meets Fabio Maldonado in the co-main event.
UFC 153 goes down October 13 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
On Tuesday, both UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson informed the UFC they would not be able to compete on the card. Frankie Edgar, Aldo’s scheduled opponent, will be re-booked for later this year.
Silva (32-4) offered to step up and compete at UFC 151 after that main event fell through, and White said he was willing to do the same for the UFC again.
We’re back on track. Anderson Silva wasn’t scheduled to fight at all. I called him today, and he’s hooting a commercial in Brazil. Anderson Silva steps up, and Stephan Bonnar wants to fight him. The Teixeira-Maldonado fight comes together, and then (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira was standing right there with Anderson shooting the commercial with him, and he said he wanted to fight, too.
Nogueira will meet Dave Herman in another main card affair. The event has also lost a scheduled match between Vitor Belfort and Alan Belcher.
This is old-school UFC. A card is in jeopardy, but guys that are world champions and superstars stepped up and jumped in and saved the card. This is why the fans love this sport and why we went on a 12-year run without canceling an event.