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.
—MAIN CARD (Live on FX, 9:00 PM ET)—
Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida: Maynard via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47), Round 5, 5:00
Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher: Stout via Unanimous Decision (30-27 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Brian Ebersole vs. TJ Waldburger: Ebersole via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson: Swanson via TKO (Strikes), Round 2, 4:14
—MAIN CARD (Pay-Per-View)—
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Jon “Bones” Jones: Jones via TKO (Strikes), Round 3, 2:37
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland: Faber via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00 (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Miller: Marquardt via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00 (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Brendan Schaub: Schaub via TKO (Punches), Round 3, 3:44
Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus: Miller via TKO (Strikes), Round 3, 2:15
New Jersey native Dan Miller (13-4) may get to play hometown hero tomorrow night at UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones. Miller, originally slated to take on Nick Catone (8-2) in a preliminary bout, stepped up to the plate as a last minute replacement against top ranked middleweight “The Great” Nate Marquardt (30-12-2) after Marquardt’s original opponent “Sexyama” Yoshihiro Akiyama (14-4) was forced to withdraw from the match-up due to the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan last week.
In the following video interview, the elder Miller brother talks UFC 128, Nate Marquardt, his upgrade to the main card, and making a statement in the UFC.
(Video courtesy of MMA Fighting)
—MAIN CARD (Pay-Per-View)—
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: 205lbs.
Title challenger Jon “Bones” Jones: 205lbs.
Urijah Faber: 135.5lbs.
Eddie Wineland: 135.5lbs.
Nate Marquardt: 186lbs.
Dan Miller: 185lbs.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic: 229lbs.
Brendan Schaub: 245lbs.
Jim Miller: 155.5lbs.
Kamal Shalorus: 155lbs.