The Ultimate Fighting Championship teeters but doesn’t fall. While losing marquee fights like José Aldo-Frankie Edgar and Quinton Jackson-Glover Teixeira was a hard knock, the biggest MMA event in the world was quick to suck it up and promptly deal with the damage to the card. This Wednesday three new match-ups for the third installment of the October 13 UFC Rio show were announced.
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva will return to the light heavyweight fold to take on TUF 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar. This will be Silva’s third appearance in the weight class above his, having previously fought and beaten by first-round knockout James Irvin and Forrest Griffin. Now Bonnar is riding a three-fight win streak. Check out the hard-nosed American, once trained by the legendary Carlson Gracie, fighting Lyoto Machida in the inaugural Jungle Fight event, back in 2003 in the city of Manaus.
Another bout confirmed for the card has Rodrigo Minotauro taking on Dave Herman. The Brazilian has not fought since an ill-fated encounter with Frank Mir in December 2012, while the seasoned Dave Herman is coming off back-to-back losses, to Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson, but holds 21 career wins.
Now Glover Teixeira, initially scheduled to fight Quinton Jackson, now has Fabio Maldonado ahead of him. Glover made his UFC debut submitting Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 146, while Maldonado holds one win and two setbacks since joining the big league.
Promotional kingpin Dana White was quick to patch up the gaps in the Brazil show, and thanked the fighters for their support. “Much respect for Anderson, Minotauro, Bonnar, etc. Thanks for doing UFC 153. Brazil will be fun! Rio, here we come!” posted White on Twitter.
Stay tuned to GRACIEMAG.com for a behind-the-scenes look at UFC Rio 3.
Check out how the card looks now :
HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 13, 2012
Anderson Silva vs Stephan Bonnar
Rodrigo Minotauro vs Dave Herman
Glover Teixeira vs Fábio Maldonado
Jon Fitch vs Erick Silva
Wagner Caldeirão vs Phil Davis
Demian Maia vs Rick Story
Rony Jason vs Sam Sicilia
Gabriel Napão vs Gerônimo Mondragon
Gleison Tibau vs Francisco Massaranduba
Diego Brandão vs Joey Gambino
Serginho Moraes vs Renée Forte
Luiz Banha Cane vs Chris Camozzi
Cristiano Marcello vs Reza Madadi