UFC 153 came off extraordinarily well, especially considering the reshuffling the card went through. Anderson Silva and Glover Teixeira dominated, Big Nog showed Dave Herman Jiu-Jitsu does work and Jon Fitch walked away with an extra $70k for his fight of the night effort against rising prospect Erick Silva. Let’s not forget Demian Maia who looks like a serious threat at 170lbs.
What’s next for the 12 fighters who participated on the main card Saturday night? Let’s take a look at where they go from here.
Anderson Silva- What is there left to be said about the man who is considered the greatest pound for pound fighter on the planet? He toyed with Stephan Bonnar and when he was ready to put him away he ended the bout with a brutal knee that Bonnar says paralyzed him. I want to see him fight Jon Jones, but other than that I see him fighting Georges St. Pierre should he get past Carlos Condit at UFC 154. As far as his middleweight title is concerned I think he should face the winner of Chris Weidman-Tim Boetsch, but I have a feeling Michael Bisping will get the next shot.
Stephan Bonnar- He got his big fight and hopefully he picked up a big check and a few more Twitter followers, but it’s time to ride off into the sunset for the TUF one finalist who has given the fans so much to be thankful for. He was semi-retired before the fight and while he may not like going out in the manner he did, I don’t see him fighting again to be honest.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira- Big Nog submitted Dave Herman and in doing so was able to prove to his opponent that BJJ is a huge part of MMA. I don’t know what’s next for Nogueira, how much is left in his gas tank? I’m sure we’ll see him fight again, but it won’t be against a contender. I’m all for a bout with Cheick Kongo who he was originally scheduled to fight at UFC 149 before he pulled out because his arm wasn’t fully healed. Maybe match him up with the winner of Matt Mitrione-Phil De Fries which will take place at UFC 155.
Dave Herman- It’s now time for Pee-Wee to say goodbye, he’s got three losses in a row with two ending by knockout and one by submission. His lone win came against John-Olav Einemo at UFC 131 which may have won fight of the night, but is certainly not enough to keep him employed with the UFC.
Glover Teixiera- Two words, Rampage Jackson. They were supposed to fight on Saturday, but Rampage got injured. They both want it and so does Dana White. Teixeira looks really good and a win over Jackson puts him in line for a title contender bout at the very least.
Fabio Maldonado- The man can certainly take a beating, even Teixeira couldn’t believe the amount of punishment he was able to withstand. White has already said he’ll get another fight despite losing three in a row. He stepped up and put on a hell of a performance. Even though he lost I’d put him up against Matt Hamill or he could face the loser of the Chad Griggs-Cyrille Diabate bout scheduled for UFC 154.
Jon Fitch- Maybe the time off was something Fitch needed to regain his passion and killer instinct because he looked a lot different than the man I’ve seen compete the past few years. He looked hungry and fought like a man possessed. Silva gave Fitch all he could handle, but the AKA welterweight showed the young prospect why he’s been at the top of the food chain for so long. I want to see Fitch and Demian Maia immediately. If they both come out aggressive like they did Saturday night, Fitch may take home another bonus.
Erick Silva- A loss is a loss, but it’s a lot easier to handle when you lose to one of the best welterweights in the world and you look good doing so. Silva has a huge upside and he needs to fight another tough opponent. Let’s keep his momentum going. I put him in there against Jay Hieron who just lost to Jake Ellenberger, but is still a tough go for anyone. Silva needs to fight guys who can help him raise his game and I think Hieron or maybe the loser of the Matt Brown-Mike Swick fight can do that.
Phil Davis- I was glad to see Davis bounce back from the first fight he had with Wagner Prado. He didn’t look like he was into the first fight, but he certainly was ready on Saturday night. Vinny Magalhaes has called Davis out and I say why not? Both are very good grapplers and are coming off of wins. If the UFC doesn’t match him up with Magalhaes then put him in there with the winner of Forrest Griffin-Chael Sonnen. A tough test all the way around for all three guys.
Wagner Prado- He didn’t show much against Davis except he likes to hold the fence a lot. I’d put him in there with someone who will make him fight and force him to put up or shut up. Brandon Vera is available and he is coming off a loss to Shogun, but he look revitalized and ready to show the world he’s still a top fighter. If Vera isn’t available I would match him up with Roger Hollett who lost to Hamill at UFC 152.
Demian Maia- Two fights as a welterweight with two finishes. The first trip to 170 against Dong Hyun Kim ended when Kim got injured, but Maia looked focused and hungry, much like he did when he first came to the UFC and he was submitting fools. I really like the match-up with Fitch; in fact I am not even going to suggest another opponent for Maia. He beats Fitch and he’s on his way towards the top of the welterweight division.
Rick Story- With three losses in his last four bouts the shine has begun to come off of Story. After starting his UFC career with six wins in his first seven trips to the Octagon he has fallen on hard times. He was completely dominated by Maia and offered up little resistance once Maia got him down. I could see the UFC matching him up with Erick Silva, but I think he would lose pretty handily. Aaron Simpson is another possibility; he just lost to Mike Pierce at UFC on FX 5.Tags: Anderson Silva, antonio rodrigo nogueira, Chris Weidman, demian Maia, erick silva, featured, georges st. pierre, Glover Teixeira, Jon Fitch, Matt brown, Michael Bisping, Mike Swick, rampage jackson, Stephan Bonnar, UFC 153