Friday night The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to the fifth annual Fighters Only MMA Awards. The awards focused on the best the world of mixed martial arts had to offer during the entire 2012 calendar year, with the 21 categories honoring fighters, media organizations, apparel companies, technical equipment, and much more. The winners though were determined by fan votes. Check out the full list of 2012 World MMA Awards below, and tune in to Fox Sports Net on January 20 to catch the ceremony broadcast.
The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
Submission of the Night:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (over Dave Herman) receives $70,000
Knockout of the Night:
Rony Jason (over Sam Sicilia) receives $70,000
Fight of the Night:
Jon Fitch and Erick Silva each receive $70,000
Click here for the full list of UFC 153 results.
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View @ 10:00PM ET)—
Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar: Silva via TKO (Knee), Round 1, 4:40
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman: Nogueira via Submission (Armbar), Round 2, 4:31
Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado: Teixeira via TKO (Doctor Stoppage), Round 2, 5:00
Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva: Fitch via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado: Davis via Submission (Anaconda Choke), Round 2, 4:29
Demian Maia vs. Rick Story: Maia via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 2:30
Tonight Brazilian fans get the opportunity to showcase why they are widely considered the most ravenous in MMA as the Ultimate Fighting Championship takes over the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro with UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar. The supersized six-fight main card on Pay-Per-View features some of the the host country’s top native fighters, with some taking on opponents from across the world and others fighting their native countrymen. BJJ expert Demian Maia (16-4) and ten-fight UFC vet “The Horror” Rick Story (14-5) battle it out in a welterweight match-up to start off the night, followed by a rematch between four-time NCAA Div. I All-American wrestler “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (9-1) and Brazilian KO artist “Caldeirao” Wagner Prado (8-0) after their August fight ended in a No Contest due to inadvertent eye poke. Former top welterweight contender Jon Fitch (23-4) takes to the cage against fast-rising Brazilian prospect Erick Silva (14-2). Team Black House fighter and former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion “Minotauro” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7) pits his BJJ mastery against the heavy hands of Team Quest’s “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-4). The co-main event sees a pair of Brazil’s finest take to the Octagon in a 205lbs. match-up, as current owner of a 16-fight winning streak, Glover Teixeira (18-2), dukes it out with fellow fight-finisher Fabio Maldonado (18-5). Capping off the stellar UFC 153 line-up is a light heavyweight bout featuring tried-and-true tough guy Stephan Bonnar (15-7) and UFC Middleweight Champion “The Spider” Anderson Silva (32-4) in a short-notice non-title fight scheduled purely for the entertainment of the fans, and entertain it certainly will. While some fight outcomes may seem obvious from the start, it is MMA and truly anything can happen. Here, the staff of MMA Gospel dishes out their predictions of how the night will unfold.
The UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for UFC 153 this Saturday night and looks to yet again showcase some of the country’s premier MMA talent. Top Brazilian fighter and UFC Middleweight Champion “The Spider” Anderson Silva (30-4) is the pinnacle focus of the main card as he moves up to light heavyweight to take on Season One Ultimate Fighter veteran “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (17-7) in the headlining bout of the evening. Bonnar proves time and time again to be a tough feat for anyone in the 205lbs. weight class so it will make for an interesting bout as he comes in as a 13-1 underdog against the man largely known as the greatest fighter of all time. In the co-main event, “Minotauro” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7) squares off against “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-4) in a match-up that will more than likely be a battle between Nogueira’s Jiu-Jitsu and Herman’s striking ability. Glover Teixeira (18-2) will trade leather with fellow Brazilian Fabio Maldonado (18-5) as both look to advance a rung of the 205lbs. division ladder. Former top welterweight contender Jon Fitch (26-4) looks to battle it out with prospect Erick Silva (14-2) in a classic match-up of wrestler versus striker. “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (9-1) will once again stand across from the undefeated “Caldeirao” Wagner Prado (8-0), now on the heels of their August meeting that ended in a No Contest after an inadvertent eye poke. Revving up the main card is a welterweight affair between dangerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Demian Maia (16-4) and “The Horror” Rick Story (14-5) as both fighters try to establish their place in the UFC’s stacked 170lbs. division. Before Pay-Per-View takes over for the night, FX and Facebook will present the preliminary card which can and often does boast at least one of the three performance bonuses doled out and reveals some of the promotion’s future top prospects. No stranger to the UFC undercards, Chris Camozzi (17-5) is a particularly promising candidate for main card status.
The UFC returns to Rio De Janeiro’s HSBC Center Saturday with UFC 153. In a last-minute scramble, the main event is headlined by the UFC’s most dominant champion “The Spider” Anderson Silva (32-4) stepping up to the light heavyweight division to face off against “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (15-7). Former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight champion “Minotauro” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7) takes on “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-4) in the co-main event. Welterweights Jon Fitch (23-4) and “Indio” Erick Silva (14-2) agree to dance in a welterweight battle. After an inadvertent eye-poke to draw their first encounter to a close, “Caldeirão” Wagner Prado (8-0) and “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (9-1) will look to settle their business, and in the card’s opener, “The Horror” Rick Story (14-5) and Demian Maia (16-4) square off. The card’s anchor has much to look forward to as two Brazilian powerhouses meet when Glover Teixeira (18-2) and Fabio Maldonado (18-5) lock horns. Teixeira has much buildup behind him after one fight under the Octagon’s lights, but Maldonado could be just the guy to play the role of “spoiler”.
The UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this Saturday with a card that, though injury-bitten, pulled through with a addition of star fighters to make it happen. The HSBC Arena will welcome back UFC Middleweight Champion “The Spider” Anderson Silva (32-4) as he makes his third appearance at 205lbs. to take on TUF 1 veteran and long-time UFC tough man “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (15-7) in the main event of the night. Brazilian fight circuit veteran Glover Teixeira (18-2) returns home under the UFC banner looking to go 2-0 within the promotion as he squares off with fellow countryman Fabio Maldonado (18-5) who hopes to notch a win and end a two-fight skid. Former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight king “Minotauro” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7) returns from his submission loss against Frank Mir (16-6) that resulted in a broken arm against the hungry Team Quest kickboxer “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-4) who is looking to earn the biggest win of his career. Former UFC welterweight title contender Jon Fitch (23-4) seeks his first win since UFC 117 in 2010 as he faces the surging Brazilian star in “Indio” Erick Silva (14-2). A rematch is on tap for “Mr.Wonderful” Phil Davis (9-1) and Sao Paulo knockout specialist “Caldeirao” Wagner Prado (8-0) after their first fight ended in a No Contest due to accidental eye poke. Starting off the Pay-Per-View is a battle in the welterweight division between Demian Maia (16-4) and “The Horror” Rick Story (14-5).
UFC 149 has been one of the most injury-riddled cards in the history of the organization. The opening bout between “The Menace” Chris Clements (11-4) and “Deep Waters” Matt Riddle (6-3) has had three injured fighters pulled from it, leaving these two replacements to fill the gap. “Bad Boy” Brian Ebersole (50-14-1) stepped in just a month after his last Octagon appearance to replace James Head’s (8-2) injured opponent, framing the second fight. Cheick Kongo (17-7-2) was originally slated to face “Minotauro” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1), but the Brazilian legend’s arm has not healed properly and “The Savage” Shawn Jordan (13-3) was brought in to replace him. “The Barbarian” Tim Boetsch (15-4) saw a complete change of face when crafty point fighter “The Count” Micheal Bisping (22-4) was injured and replaced with deadly finishing machine “Shango” Hector Lombard (31-2-1). In the main event, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (26-5) was expected to face “The Dominator” Dominick Cruz (19-1) for the UFC Bantamweight Championship, but injury struck again and Renan Barao (28-1) will get a shot at interim gold instead.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship comes live and direct with UFC 146 out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday night. The first ever all-heavyweight main card is stacked with some of the biggest names and hardest hitters that the division has to offer. “Big” Lavar Johnson (17-5) and “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve start up the heavyweight-ridden main card. Then, undefeated prospects Stipe Miocic (8-0) and Shane Del Rosario (11-0) are set to collide. “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-3) takes on crowd favorite “Big Country” Roy Nelson (16-7). Before “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (9-1) sets out to defend his title against Frank Mir (16-5) in the card’s main event, the co-main will see former champion Cain Velasquez (9-1) take on a modern day Goliath in “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva (16-3). With all the division being represented and paying attention to how the night ends, Velasquez and Silva have the perfect medium to re-establish their ground in the division as one of the most dangerous men among the heavyweights.