After a pair of injuries temporarily crippled the UFC
fight bill, promotion officials confirmed Wednesday night
will move up to light heavyweight to face Stephan
in the new Oct. 13 headliner.
Maldonado has stepped up to face countryman Glover
Teixeira in the evening’s co-main event at HSBC Arena in Rio de
Janeiro, while onetime Pride Fighting Championships titlist
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will lock horns with Dave
UFC 153 was initially expected to be headlined by a featherweight
title confrontation between Jose Aldo and
Koch, but former lightweight champion Frankie
Edgar replaced Koch after “New Breed” suffered an injury. That
booking fell by the wayside yesterday when Aldo withdrew from the
bout due to a lingering foot injury sustained in a motorcycle
accident just over a week ago.
Teixeira had been slated to face former light heavyweight champion
Jackson, but “Rampage” was also bitten by the injury bug.
Silva, 37, has not lost since 2006. The reigning UFC middleweight
champion, “The Spider” last competed on July 7 at UFC 148, knocking
out Chael Sonnen
in a rematch of their hard-fought 2010 encounter. Bonnar,
meanwhile, has won three straight fights, last defeating Kyle
Kingsbury at UFC 139 this past November after topping Krzysztof
Soszynski and Igor
Pokrajac in 2010.
Known for his boxing skills and body punching, Maldonado, 32, has
lost a pair of hard-fought decisions in his last two UFC outings,
taking Kingsbury and Pokrajac the distance after debuting with a
technical knockout of James
McSweeney in 2010. In Teixeira, Maldonado faces a man riding a
16-fight winning streak. The 32-year-old most recently competed on
May 26, stopping Kingsbury in under two minutes at UFC 146.
Nogueira has not competed since having his arm broken by Frank Mir in
their UFC 140 rematch this past December. One of the heavyweight
division's elder statesmen, “Minotauro” has gone 2-3 in his last
five fights after posting seven wins in his previous eight outings.
Herman, 27, looks to rebound from a first-round knockout courtesy
Nelson at UFC 146. The former EliteXC talent bested grappler
Olav Einemo in his UFC debut last summer but would then come up
short in his sophomore effort against Stefan
Struve in February.
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