UFC 153

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UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
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A poster or logo for UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date October 13, 2012
Venue HSBC Arena
City Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Attendance 16,844[1]
Total gate $2.5–$2.6 million[1]
Buyrate 410,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le

UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar was a mixed martial arts pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on October 13, 2012 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Vitor Belfort was expected to face Alan Belcher at the event. However, Belfort was pulled from the bout to face Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[3] Belcher also was forced to drop out of the card due to a spinal fracture.[4]

After having their first fight end in a no contest due to an eye poke in the first round, a rematch between Phil Davis and Wagner Prado was briefly linked to UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot and then scheduled for this event.[5]

Quinton Jackson was scheduled to face Glover Teixeira at the event. However, Jackson pulled out of the bout citing an injury,[6] and was replaced by Fabio Maldonado.[7] Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans was offered the fight with Teixeira but turned it down due to the short notice.[8]

Geronimo dos Santos was scheduled to fight Gabriel Gonzaga at this event. However, dos Santos pulled out of the bout after a blood test showed that he had antibodies for Hepatitis B.[9][10][11] With no time to find a suitable replacement, Gonzaga was pulled from the card.

Erik Koch was expected to face UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo in a title fight at this event, but on August 31, 2012, Koch was forced to pull out due to injury. Former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar had agreed to step in for Koch and fight Aldo for the Featherweight title.[12] However, on September 11, Aldo was also forced to pull out of the event with a foot injury after being involved in a motorcycle accident.[13]

On September 12, 2012, UFC officials announced that UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and former The Ultimate Fighter star Stephan Bonnar would fight in the main event.[14] Silva was a massive favorite going into the bout,[15] which was a three-round fight. Although all main event fights have been five-round affairs since UFC 138, UFC 153 was the exception due to the short notice.[16]

On November 4, 2012, UFC announced Bonnar had tested positive for drostanolone, and Dave Herman for marijuana. Both fighters were suspended.[17]


Main Card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Anderson Silva def. Stephan Bonnar TKO (knee to the body and punches) 1 4:40
Heavyweight Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman Submission (armbar) 2 4:31
Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira def. Fabio Maldonado TKO (doctor stoppage) 2 5:00
Welterweight Jon Fitch def. Erick Silva Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Phil Davis def. Wagner Prado Submission (anaconda choke) 2 4:29
Welterweight Demian Maia def. Rick Story Submission (neck crank) 1 2:30
Preliminary Card (FX)
Featherweight Rony Mariano Bezerra def. Sam Sicilia TKO (punches) 2 4:16
Lightweight Gleison Tibau def. Francisco Trinaldo Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Diego Brandao def. Joey Gambino Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Sergio Moraes def. Renee Forte Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 3:10
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Middleweight Chris Camozzi def. Luiz Cané Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Cristiano Marcello def. Reza Madadi Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 30–27) 3 5:00

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $70,000 bonuses.[18]

  • Fight of the Night: Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
  • Knockout of the Night: Rony Mariano Bezerra
  • Submission of the Night: Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2012-10-14). "UFC 153 draws an announced 16,844 fans for gate between $2.5–2.6 million". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  2. ^ cagepotato.com (2012-10-22). "UFC 153 Pay-Per-View Buys Confirm That Squash Matches Are Totally Hot Right Now". MMALinker.com. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  3. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2012-08-24). "Vitor Belfort replaces Lyoto Machida against champ Jon Jones at UFC 152". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  4. ^ Alexander, Mookie (2012-08-24). "Alan Belcher Out Of UFC 153 Due To Spinal Fracture". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  5. ^ Staff (2012-08-25). "With Belcher's spinal fracture, Davis vs. Prado shifts to UFC 153 in Rio". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  6. ^ Erickson, Matt (2012-09-11). "Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson hurt, forced out of UFC 153 co-main event vs. Glover Teixeira". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  7. ^ Halvatzis Jr., George (2012-09-12). "Fabio Maldonado Fills In For Quinton Jackson, Set To Fight Glover Teixeira In Co-Main Event Of UFC 153". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  8. ^ Staff (2012-10-01). "Rashad explains Teixeira rejection". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  9. ^ Staff (2012-10-04). "Heavyweight Geronimo dos Santos out at UFC 153, Gabriel Gonzaga without opponent". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  10. ^ Staff (2012-10-07). "Saturday's UFC 153 lineup set with two Facebook prelims, Gonzaga off card". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  11. ^ "Fora do UFC Rio III, Mondragon terá de fazer tratamento por um ano". SporTV.com. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  12. ^ Morgan, John (2012-08-30). "USA TODAY: Frankie Edgar replaces Erik Koch, meets champ Jose Aldo at UFC 153". USA TODAY. MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  13. ^ Erickson, Matt (2012-09-11). "Injury knocks Jose Aldo out of UFC 153 featherweight title main event with Frankie Edgar". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  14. ^ Morgan, John (2012-09-12). "USA TODAY: Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar headlines UFC 153". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  15. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2012-09-13). "Anderson Silva opens as more than 13-to-1 favorite vs. Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  16. ^ Hall, Chris (2012-09-13). "UFC 153: Anderson Silva Vs. Stephan Bonnar Will Be A 3 Round Fight". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  17. ^ "Stephan Bonnar, Dave Herman Fail UFC 153 Drug Tests", from Sherdog.com
  18. ^ Staff (2012-10-14). "UFC 153 bonuses: Nogueira, Jason, Fitch, Erick Silva get $70,000 awards". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 

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