MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC 153 rolls along with our play-by-play and scoring of tonight’s main card. Tonight’s card will be headlined by a light heavyweight row between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MMAFrenzy will have full play-by-play of the main card beginning at 10:00PM ET.
Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar
Round 1 – Fighters are off. Silva avoids a punch along the cage and trips against the cage. Bonnar dives on a single but Silva defends it with a great whizzer. Knees by Silva. Silva is using wrestling very well so far with double overs. Over/under clinch now. Silva keeps blocking off Bonnar’s takedowns. Silva seizes control in the clinch. Knee to the gut by Silva. Punches by Bonnar. Silva stays on the cage and begins toying with Bonnar. It’s as if he knows Bonnar wants it to stay there. Silva with more punches as he avoids Bonnar’s strikes. Shoulder strike by Silva. Silva working an arm drag that takes Bonnar down and Silva pounces as Bonnar scrambles up. Wicked knee to the chest and Bonnar is absolutely crushed by it. Punches by Silva and it’s over. Silva celebrates but quickly checks on Bonnar, who’s clearly injured.
Anderson Silva def. Stephan Bonnar via TKO (knee and punches) at 4:40 of Round 1
Dave Herman vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Round 1 – Herman looking for big kicks early. Nog ties up and gets thrown with a hip toss. Nog looks for a sweep and Herman wisely flees. Nice punch by Big Nog. Two big kicks by Herman but Nog catches the second one. Nog is controlling the clinch and landing shots against the cage. Inside legkick by Herman, Thigh kick by Herman but eats a big punch by Nog. Nice rights by Nog. Nog with an uppercut. Nog working a trip. Herman looks relaxed in the cage while Nog looks like he’s on a mission. Herman is trying to play the range. Big right by Nog. High thigh kicks by Herman but Nog walks through them. Nog with the clinch and lands some punches. Herman is still holding his hands out. One-two by Nog. Headkick by Herman misses. One-two by Nog. Herman isn’t taking it seriously and that costs him. MMAFrenzy scores a close round 10-9 Nog.
Round 2 – Touch of gloves to start the round. Herman is still trying to hold Nog at range. Nog floors Herman and he follows into side control. Nog with a keylock and it’s deep but Nog gives it up. Nog in mount now. Herman gives up his back, Nog rides high intentionally and now has an armbar. Herman defends and we’re back up. Herman posts that arm again. Elbow by Nog. Herman clinches and lands a hip toss. Nog locks him down and Herman immediately backs out. Punches by Nog land. Horrible knee by Herman. Nog with a punch and a trip-takedown to side control. Nog mounts and immediately looks for an armbar. Herman is initally safe but then Big Nog does Big Nog and adjusts it to a Russian armbar finish as Herman rolls. Herman desparately tries to fight out but it’s over. BJJ doesn’t work, right Herman?
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman via submission (armbar) at 4:31 of Round 2
Fabio Maldonado vs. Glover Teixeira
Round 1 – Teixeira with a big combo that shocks Maldonado. Massive left drops Maldonado. Glover takes has back and begins teeing off. Huge shots by Glover in the mount now. Massive elbow shots by Glover in the mount. Fabio’s face is destroyed as Glover digs an arm triangle. Maldonado survives the choke by answering the phone. More massive shots by Glover. This is brutal. Maldonado escapes but is on rubber legs. He’s out on his feet. Yamasaki needs to stop it. Left by Maldonado surprises Glover. MMAFrenzy scores that round 10-8 Teixeira.
Round 2- Glover with a takedown on horrific looking Maldonado. Maldonado works up and doubles up on a jab. Glover with a takedown and he gets back mount. Mount by Teixeira now. Horrific elbows by Glover. This is just an absolute beating. Yamasaki stands them up with a minute left and Maldonado is being checked by the doctor. Doctor is saying no, but Maldonado is pleading to let it go. Touch of gloves and we’re off. Not sure how Maldonado is standing and still throwing. Brutal shot by Glover rocks Maldonado again… someone please stop this… MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-8.
Prior to Round 3 the doctor steps in and say no more, to the protest of Maldonado, but it is the right call for his safety.
Glover Teixeira def. Fabio Maldonado via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
Round 1 – We’re off and Silva is looking for something explosive in a karate stance. Big knee by Silva and Fitch takes him down and immediately takes Silva’s back. Silva works back to his feet as Fitch looks for a body triangle. Punches by Fitch. Fitch takes him back to the canvas. Fitch locks up a standing arm triangle and it’s deep but Silva manages to work out. Massive right by Silva but Fitch is ok. Knee by Fitch and he goes for a takedown. Huge elbow by Fitch that rocked Silva. Silva throws a spinning kick as Fitch shoots. Clinch battle and Fitch drops to a double. Silva is clearly grabbing the cage again. Fitch takes Silva’s back and lands some hard shots as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Fitch.
Round 2- Beautiful striking by Fitch to start off the round but Silva rocks him and takes Fitch’s back. Silva tries use a crucifix but Fitch powers out. Fitch loses control and Silva starts to get away and starts landing hard shots on Fitch. Silva has Fitch’s back and blasts away but escapes. Fitch with a great knee in the clinch. Knees by Fitch in the clinch. Elbows by Silva as Fitch drops for a double. Knees to the thigh by Fitch. Fitch tries a takedown and misses it. Silva takes Fitch’s back and locks up a choke. Fitch is desperately fighting it off now. Fitch works out of the choke and keeps his strike alive. Fitch is working out and is now on top. Fitch with big shots and takes Silva’s back.Armbar by Fitch and it’s deep and Silva manages to work out. What a round! MMAFrenzy scores the round an incredible 10-10.
Round 3- Fitch looks the fresher fighter as he pumps up the crowd. Big takedown by Fitch and he is teeing off on Silva. Fitch takes Silva’s back and he is going off on Silva. Fitch tries an armbar but loses it. Silva drops into an arm-in guillotine off a Fitch shot but Fitch pounds out of it. Fitch takes Silva’s back after the Brazilian telegraphs an armbar. Fitch is beating Silva down. Fitch in full mount now and he his blasting away on Silva with ninety seconds left. Silva is being crushed as Goddard tells him to fight back. Fifteen seconds left and Fitch abuses him. Fitch locks up a front choke as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores the round (10-7) and the fight for Jon Fitch (30-26)
Jon Fitch def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Round 1 – Prado is ridiculously amped before the introductions, and that could be something to watch if this fight slows down later. Touch of gloves and we’re off. Fighters looking fo openings early. Davis with a half shot and lands a knee in the clinch. Davis times a punch and lands a big takedown. Punches from Davis in half guard. Prado digging for a kimura. Prado tries to wall walk and Davis circles to Prado’s back into over/under control. Davis is working him on the ground. Davis lets Prado up only to readjust with a powerful takedown. More shots from Davis. Prado tries to climb up but Davis with an ankle pick. Nasty shot by Davis. Wicked knees to the body of the grounded Prado.Davis is absolutely abusing Prado as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Davis.
Round 2 – Davis is looking to strike a bit now. Davis with a flying knee into a takedown attempt. Davis gets the takedown on the reshot. Huge body shots by Davis on the ground now. Big shot by Davis as he lets Prado up. Knees in the clinch by Davis. Davis telegraphs a shot but still gets it with some force on it. Phil is ripping punches in side control now. Hard ground and pound by Davis here. Davis is working an arm triangle and it’s in deep but Davis loses it on the escape by Prado. Davis keeps the front head lock and locks a gator roll to an anaconda choke and Prado immediately taps. Dominating performance.
Phil Davis def. Wagner Prado via submission (anaconda choke) at 4:49 Round 2
Demian Maia vs. Rick Story
Round 1 – Maia wastes little time getting Story to the mat and he immediately is looking to finish. Maia now has full mount and landing some punches. Story is stuck between a rock and a hard place as Maia takes Story’s back. More punches from Maia as he switches to a neck crank and it’s all over. Dominant statement by Maia.
Demian Maia def. Rick Story via submission (neck crank) at 2:30 of Round 1