100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Anderson Silva - 98.6
2. Phil Davis - 95.6
3. Demian Maia - 94.8
4. Jon Fitch - 94.7
5. Glover Teixeira - 94.4
6. Rony Mariano Bezerra - 93.4
7. Stephan Bonnar - 92.5
8. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 92.0
9. Erick Silva - 91.9
10. Sam Sicilia - 91.4
UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Elevation: 1,675'
-Fight of the Night-
Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar
Fighters & Matches 91.1
Top 10 Fighters 93.9
TOTAL 92.5
     This was a pretty great brawl to start off the undercard. All 3 rounds were VERY close, but I gave the first round to Reza Madadi, he secured 3 solid takedowns, and his striking was brutal at times. Marcello on the other hand was able to keep things close by cutting up the face of Madadi. In the end, the fight probably could have been a draw, I gave the fight to Madadi, and the judges gave the fight to Marcello, so all in all, it was a good fight.
      This fight was ok. I didn't necessarily think either fighter won, I probably would have given the fight to Cane, but it doesn't really matter to me. In the end, all 3 judges gave the fight to Chris Camozzi, I'm ok with that, mostly because I didn't care about this fight.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      I'm assuming these guys had something to do with The Ultimate Fighter Brazil? I didn't watch that, so I don't know either guy. With that being said, Renee Forte seemed like a decent fighter, and I gave him the second round for rocking Moraes with some solid punches, but Moraes won the first round with his wrestling skills by taking Forte down several times, and he won the fight in the third round, by locked on a really nice rear-naked choke, forcing Forte to tapout.
      Diego pretty much beat Gambino's ass. The first round, Diego destroyed him with explosive striking, and some solid wrestling. The second round was more of the same from Diego, but Gambino was able to lock on an armbar (for a second or so) and then Diego went on to win that round. The third round was somewhat uneventful, MAYBE I might have given the third round to Gambino? Either way, it doesn't matter, Brandao goes on to win via unanimous decision.
      This was a pretty solid 3 round war. Gleison Tibau won the first round, by starting off with a guillotine choke, and finished with some STRONG wrestling skills. Trinaldo made a comeback in the second round, almost knocking out Tibau with a big overhand punch, knocking Tibau to the ground, and he immediately got on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and pretty much just dominated him that round. (I thought it MIGHT have been a 10-8 round). The third round started off with an explosion, both guys swinging for the fences, but ultimately, Tibau was able to finish the fight on top, after nearly locking on an arm triangle choke. Gleison Tibau pulls off the unanimous decision victory.
      This was a solid fight between a couple of Ultimate Fighter guys. Sam Sicilia (especially for a 145 pound fighter) throws HEAVY HEAVY punches, and he was winging them from miles away, and dropping bombs on the head of Rony Jason. (Why do they call him Rony Jason? I'm confused...) But yeah, Sam Sicilia looked like a beast, but he got clipped by Rony in the second round, and after that, it was pretty much all over, Rony got on top, Sicilia turtled up, and the referee stopped the fight. Great fight by both guys.
(Neck Crank)
      Demian Maia is fucking crazy! Rick Story came out swinging, and Maia took him to the ground by grabbing one leg, lifting it up in the air, grabbing the other one, lifting Story's entire body up in the air, slamming him down, he instantly got the full mount, eventually got on Story's back, went for the rear-naked choke, Story tucked his chin to defend it, so Maia decided he was just going to crank his neck until Story's head was nearly ripped off. BRUTAL neck crank, and Maia wins via submission in the first round.
(Anaconda Choke)
      Phil Davis is a beast! He was slamming Prado around like a ragdoll, carrying him across the cage, picking him up, dropping him hard, flipping him, whipping him, etc... The first round was an absolute wrestling clinic, and the second round, Davis capped it off with an arm triangle choke, which Prado escaped, but Davis immediately turned it into a badass anaconda choke (one of my personal favorite moves) and Prado tapped quickly to it. Phil Davis is 100% legit, I can't wait to see him fight some top name guys.
      Wow, this card has been amazing so far! Jon Fitch normally bores the shit out of me, but this fight was amazing. Jon Fitch destroyed Silva in the first round, taking him down, and COMPLETELY dominating him with his superior wrestling & Jiu-Jitsu skills. The second round was the opposite, with Silva nearly knocking out Fitch, as well as locked on a rear-naked choke that Fitch somehow escaped. There was also a guillotine choke that was pretty deep for a few seconds, but Fitch escaped that as well. The fight ended with Silva exhausted, and Fitch COMPLETELY WHOOPIN' THAT ASS at the end of the third round, in full mount, and about a hundred uppercuts & elbows, and in the final seconds, they got back on their feet, Fitch locked on a front choke while standing, and Silva was saved by the bell. Jon Fitch is looking for a kill I think. For the first time ever, I'm ACTUALLY excited to see Fitch fight again!
(Doctor Stoppage)
      Holy fuck, this card is amazing! I've been a fan of Glover Teixeira ever since he made his debut in the UFC, and as usual, he lived up to my expectation, beating the living shit out of Maldonado for both rounds. His striking is BRUTAL, and his grappling is SOLID, and Maldonado just refused to give up, by the end of the fight, Maldonado looked like a slab of beef, hanging by a thread. The doctor almost stopped it halfway through the second round, but let it continue, but by the end of the second round, the doctor called a stop to the fight. BRILLIANT offense by Glover Teixeira, and AMAZING resilience shown by Maldonado. These fights in Brazil are crazy!
      This was one of the few fights I was REALLY looking forward to on this card, and it was ok, but it wasn't anything special compared to the 3 fights I just saw on the PPV so far. With that being said, the best part is that Dave Herman said BJJ doesn't work, and Nogueira almost ripped his arm off, so GO BJJ!!! Other than that, it was actually a really close fight, I gave the first round to Herman, and either guy could have won the second, if it wasn't for Nogueira finishing him in the final minute of the second round. Seeing Nogueira win in Brazil is always a special experience.
(Knee to the Body & Punches)
      Wow, I was tricked into believing that Bonnar actually had a chance in this fight. I was one of the only two people I knew that thought Bonnar had a chance of winning. Well, Silva played with him for an entire round, standing with his back against the cage, and just dodging punches using his brilliant head movement. He also absorbed some HARD punches from Bonnar and didn't even looked phased at all. Bonnar came out like a ball of fire, and went out at the end of the first round like a ball of fire. Bonnar gave it a shot, but to be honest, Silva absolutely destroyed him, and made him look somewhat foolish, similarly to the way Silva took out Forrest Griffin in their fight.