UFC 153: Anderson Silva Stops Stephan Bonnar, “Minotauro” Nogueira Taps Out BJJ Critic Dave Herman
By FCF Staff
Despite a determined effort, Stephan Bonnar was unable to shock the MMA world tonight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as the light-heavyweight fell to the heavy favorite and middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Silva’s latest memorable performance not only featured impressive takedown defence, but several seconds of deliberately standing against the Octagon fence, where he begged Bonnar to attack with his hands down by his side.
After momentarily tripping Bonnar to the mat shortly thereafter, Silva blasted the resilient TUF star to the solar plexus with a knee, and finished the fight with several more follow up shots.
In the card’s co-headliner, Silva’s teammate “Minotauro” Nogueira made his comeback from arm surgery a successful one, by submitting rising heavyweight Dave Herman in round two.
Although Herman was able to land a few kicks and takedowns, Nogueira landed more of the telling shots throughout the bout, which included dropping the American with a hard left hook. After securing the top position in round two, Nogueira eventually worked his way into an armbar and forced the jiu-jitsu critic to tap.
Jon Fitch once again demonstrated that he remains one of the world’s best welterweights, and perhaps one of the planet’s best fighters period, by grinding out a thrilling, unanimous decision win over rising star Erick Silva.
Here are the results from UFC 153, which was hosted by Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena.
Anderson Silva def. Stephan Bonnar via TKO (knee to body and punches) R1, 4:40
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman via submission (armbar) R2, 4:31
Glover Teixeira def. Fabio Maldonado via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) R2, 5:00
Jon Fitch def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Phil Davis def. Wagner Prado via submission (anaconda choke) R2, 4:29
Demian Maia def. Rick Story via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 2:30
Rony Jason def. Sam Sicilia via TKO (strikes) R3, 4:15
Gleison Tibau def. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Diego Brandao def. Joey Gambino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergio Moraes def. Renee Forte via submission (rear-naked choke) R3, 3:10
Chris Camozzi def. Luiz Cane via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cristiano Marcello def. Reza Madadi via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)