UFC 153 takes place tonight at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janerio and TheMMAReport.com will have coverage of tonight’s fight card.
The preliminary card will begin on the UFC Facebook page at 7 p.m. ET with two fights and the remaining portion of the preliminary card will be seen on FX at 8 p.m. ET.
The main card on pay-per-view will begin at 10 p.m. ET with six fights and be headlined by Anderson Silva taking on Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight bout.
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Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
Round 1 – Madadi rushed at Marcello to start the fight to gain control of the octagon and was the aggressor at the beginning of the fight. Marcello began to use his jab to create some separation and not allow Madadi to get on the inside. Madadi landed a three punch combination that had Marcello on his heels until he hit the fence. The action moved back to the center and Madadi continued to get the upper hand in the striking aspect of the fight. Madadi landed a takedown with 40 seconds left in the round, but was unable to advance the position.
Round 2 – Madadi opened the second round, just like he did in the first with taking control of the octagon. Madadi landed an uppercut against the cage, but Marcello was able to escape. Madadi continued to win the battle with the strikes with landing several shots, but Marcello landing several counter strikes. The two fighters exchange punches against the fence and Marcello appeared rocked. While the fighters were grappling against the cage, Marcello pulled guard and went to the ground. With 30 seconds to go, the referee separated the two fighters after a lack of action.
Round 3 – Madadi landed a big right hand at the beginning of the round to set the tone. At the one minute mark of the round, Madadi went for a takedown, which was successful. After not being able to get much offense, Madadi stood up and the action went back to the center of the cage. Madadi continued to push the pace, but Marcello landed several body shots and seemed to become more comfortable. The round would end with Marcello throwing several strikes.
Result: Cristiano Marcello def. Reza Madadi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi
Round 1 – After Cane was able to take control of the octagon, Camozzi pushed the action and have Cane on his heels. Camozzi was able to catch the leg of Cane, but Cane got the back of his opponent and took the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, Cane began to work for a rear-naked choke. Camozzi was able to defend the submission and get back to his feet. The fighters would exchange strikes the rest of the round, where Camozzi was getting the better of the action.
Round 2 – Camozzi came out in the round as the aggressor and stalked Cane around the octagon. The fighters continued to circle around the cage and exchange punches and kicks. Every time that Cane would attempt to close the distance, Camozzi would land a strike that backed up his opponent. In the final 20 seconds of the round, Camozzi landed a punch and a knee that seemed to hurt Cane.
Round 3 – Cane was able to land a combination in the opening minute of the round, but Camozzi answered right back. Cane appears to becoming more confident in the round and coming forward, something that was not happening in the first two rounds. Cane went for a takedown with 90 seconds left, but Camozzi was able to stop the attempt. Cane would than land a three punch combination, which was finished with a left hand to to chin of Camozzi. The fight would end with both of them slugging away and Cane landed a big right hand as the final bell sounded.
Result: Chris Camozzi def. Luiz Cane via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
Round 1 – After feeling each other out, Moraes was the first fighter to throw a punch. Moraes then went for a takedown and Forte attempted to stop it against the cage. Moraes was attempting to get a single leg takedown, but he could not finish it. The action would move back to the center of the cage and once again Moraes went for a takedown. He would eventually be able to get the takedown and got the back of his opponent for a split second. Moraes would end up on his back and Forte was standing above him until referee Mario Yamasaki had Moraes stand up. The fighters would be standing for the rest of the round and the fight moves on to the second round.
Round 2 – Moraes looked for a takedown early in the round, but could not complete it. He would once again go for a takedown and this time he chose a double leg takedown, which was successful. Forte would be able to get back up to his feet with Moraes not able to land any damage. The fighters would grapple along the cage and would be separated after a lack of action. Forte landed an uppercut at a close distance and a knee, which dropped Moraes towards the end of the round.
Round 3 – The fighters exchange wild punches in the first minute of the final round. Forte was able to land a combination, but Moraes immediately went for a takedown after the combination. Moraes jumped on the back of Forte in the standing position and looked for the rear-naked choke. Forte would look to loosen the hold by trying to drop him on the ground, but Moraes held on to the submission hold and Forte tapped out to the submission.
Result: Sergio Moraes def. Renee Forte via submission – Round 3, 3:10
Diego Brandao vs. Joey Gambino
Round 1 – Gambino went for a takedown in the opening moments of the fight, but Brandao was able to get on the side and landed several big shots. Gambino was able to escape and the action went back to the feet. The fighters exchange strikes and Gambino looked for a takedown against the fence. However, Brandao was the one the was able to get the takedown and landed in side control. He would transition to half guard and Gambino would be able to get back to his feet. Gambino landed a left hand, which opened up a cut and went for a takedown at the end of the round, which was unsuccessful.
Round 2 – Gambino opened the round with a combination. Brandao landed an overhand right hand that dropped his opponent and the action went to the ground. Brandao had full mount for a moment, but ended up in half guard. He would transition to full guard and looked to throw strikes from this position. Gambino attempted an armbar from his back, but Brandao escaped and the action went back to the feet. Brandao would be able to get a takedown, but the referee broke them up after a lack of action and the round ended shortly after.
Round 3 – In the opening minute of the round, the fighters exchange jabs and then Brandao landed a strike that dropped Gambino. Instead of going to the ground, Brandao had him stand back up. Once on the feet, Gambino looked for a takedown, but Brandao stopped the attempt and he got the takedown. After neither fighter was able to improve their position, the referee stood the fighters up. There would not be much more action in the round and the fight goes to the judges.
Result: Diego Brandao def. Joey Gambino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gleison Tibau vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Round 1 – The fighters used the first minute to feel each other out, before Tibau went for a takedown. The fight was on the ground for a split second, but they went back to the feet and Tibau attempted a guillotine choke. He would work the submission attempt, but Trinaldo would escape. Tibau landed a two punch combination from the inside as he backed away. Once again, Tibau would take the fight to the ground, but Trinaldo would once again get back to his feet. Trinaldo would get Tibau in the clinch and land several strikes. Tibau would get away from the clinch and once again, he would get a takedown and the round would end with him in top position.
Round 2 – Trinaldo landed a left hand that dropped Tibau and went to the ground. On the ground, he got the back of Tibau and locked in a rear-naked choke. Tibau would escape the submission attempt, but Trinaldo transition into an arm triangle choke. Tibau would escape from the hold and Trinaldo transition into half guard. Tibau was able to hold onto Trinaldo and make it to the third round.
Round 3 – The fighters came out swinging to start the round and exchange punches against the cage. Tibau looked for a double leg takedown, which was successful and ended up in top position. While on the ground, Tibau landed several short hammer fist. Tibau transition over to half guard, which he had arm and head control. The referee would stand the fighters up and once back to the feet, Tibau was successful with another takedown. He would transition into the mount and attempted an arm triangle choke. Trinaldo would be able to survive the submission attempt, but Tibau was in the mount position and the round would end in this position.
Result: Gleison Tibau def. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rony Jason vs. Sam Sicilia
Round 1 – Jason comes out and attemoted a head kick, which missed. He than landed a right hook that stunned Sicilia for a moment. Jason landed a shot on the inside, but Sicilia was able to take the fight to the ground and land in top position. While on his back, Jason looked for a submission, which Sicilia recognizes. Jason went for an armbar, but Sicilia escapes the hold. After both fighters were attempting to improve their position, referee Fernando Yamasaki felt there was not enough action and had them stand up. In the stand up position, both fighter start to brawl with each fighter landing significant strikes.
Round 2 – The action continued with the fighters throwing punches and not many kicks. The action has slowed down from the pace in the first round. Sicilia was the aggressor until Jason caught him with a knee and then both fighters threw wild punches. Jason caught a leg kick and landed a strike, which took the fight to the ground. Once on the ground, he threw multiple strikes and the referee came in to stop the fight.
Result: Rony Jason def. Sam Sicilia via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:16
Demian Maia vs. Rick Story
Round 1 – Maia came out looking for control of the cage, Story landed a left hand and Maia immediately looked for a takedown. The takedown attempt was successful and Story was attempting to get back to his feet. Maia looked to get the back of Story and looking for the rear-naked choke. He was able to lock in the hold and Story tapped out.
Result: Demian Maia def. Rick Story via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:30
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Round 1 – After a feeling out process, Davis tried to grapple Prado and take the fight to the ground. He was unsuccessful in the attempt and the action moved to the middle of the cage. Davis was able to get a takedown when Prado threw a right hand. Once on the ground, Davis looked for a kimura submission. He was unable to get the submission in and ended up getting the back of Prado. While this was going on, the referee warned Prado on several occasions to not hold the fence. Prado attempted to get the fight to the feet, but Davis was once again able to put him on his back. Davis overwhelmed Prado in the round with takedowns and ground attacks.
Round 2 – At the start of the round, Prado is more tentative with his strikes because of the takedowns of Davis. Davis would take the fight to the ground once again, which is the fourth takedown of the fight so far. Prado was able to get back to his feet, but Davis grapples with the Brazilian against the cage. Davis ended up backing away and sets back up in the middle of the cage. Davis would once again go for another takedown and once again it was successful. Davis went for an arm triangle choke and Prado somehow escaped. Davis continued to work his submission game and finished the fight with an anaconda choke.
Result: Phil Davis def. Wagner Prado via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 2, 4:29
Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
Round 1 – Fitch opened up with a leg kick and took the fight to the ground. He got the back of Silva, with one hook in. Silva was looking to get back to his feet, which he did but Fitch was on his back looking for a rear-naked choke. With Silva trying to get him off his back, Fitch looked for an arm triangle choke in the standing position. Silva would escape and get back to the middle of the cage. Silva landed an overhand right and the action once again was against the cage. Fitch was able to get the fight back to the ground, but Silva was able to get back to his feet. Fitch got the back of Silva with 1o seconds left in the round and dropped strikes as the round ended.
Round 2 – Silva went for a spinning back fist and would end up taking the fight to the ground and get the back of Fitch. Fitch was able to get back to his feet and looked to grapple with the Brazilian. Fitch looked for a takedown against the fence, which was unsuccessful and Silva took the fight to the ground. He got the back of Fitch and looked for a rear-naked choke. He locked in the submission, but Fitch was able to escape. Fitch would tranistion to top position with ground strikes and got the back of his opponent. As the round was coming to a close, Fitch went for an armbar and Silva was able to survive.
Round 3 – Fitch opens the round by landing a strike with Silva’s hands down and takes the fight to the ground. Fitch gets the back of Silva and lands several strikes, which led him to look for a rear-naked choke. Silva would be able to transition and attempted a guillotine choke. Fitch would defend the submission and get the back of his opponent. After attempting a rear-naked choke, Fitch made several transitions and went back to the back of Silva. He flattened out Silva and began to rain down punches. Fitch would then get full mount and continued to throw multiple unanswered punches. Silva made it out of the round and the fight will go to the judges.
Result: Jon Fitch def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado
Round 1 – Teixeira landed a left hand early in the fight, which had Maldonado on his heels and the fight would end up on the ground. Teixeira would get into full mount and started throwing down strikes. He landed multiple strikes and then transition to an arm triangle choke and Maldonado survived. Texieira wold get back to the mount and continued to land punch after punch. The fight would get back to the feet and Maldonado would land a left hand that stunned his opponent before the end of the round.
Round 2 – At the start of the round, Teixeira was able to get the fight to the ground and looked for a rear-naked choke. Maldonado would be able to get back to his feet and was looking to throw a left hook. Teixeira once again would take the fight to the ground and achieve full mount. After landing punches and elbows, he moved to side control. After a lack of action, the were stood up and the action was stopped for the cage side doctor to look at the cuts on Maldonado’s face. After looking at the cuts, the doctor allowed him to continue. Teixeira landed multiple left hands before the end of the round. After the round was over, the cage side doctor stopped the fight because of the cuts on the face of Maldonado.
Result: Glover Teixeira def. Fabio Maldonado via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman
Round 1 – Nogueira came out early looking to be the agressor. Herman landed a leg kick and took the fight to the ground. Nogueira was able to get off his back and the action went back to the feet. Nogueira got Herman against the cage and used his boxing. Herman would break away and continued to throw kicks. The fighters would exchange strikes for the remainder of the round.
Round 2 – At the start of the round, Nogueira landed a left hand that dropped Herman. They would go to the ground and went into side control for Nogueira. He ended up in top position and went for an americana submission hold, but Herman survived that submission. Nogueira then went for an armbar submission and Herman escapes that submission and they get back to their feet. Herman would end up getting a takedown. He would not be able to advance position and gave up on the takedown. Nogueira would end up getting a takedown and went for an armbar. Herman attempted to get out, but he was unable to escape and Nogueira gets the submission victory.
Result: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:31
Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar
Round 1 – Bonnar looked to push the pace as the fight started and looked for a takedown. The two tied up on the cage, with Silva’s bad against the cage. Bonnar was able to land some punches in close range, but Silva would push him away. Even when the fighters broke apart, Silva stayed against the cage was had no fear for the strikes of Bonnar. Silva would end up pushing the pace, landing several shots and a knee to the body lead to the end of the fight.
Result: Anderson Silva def. Stephan Bonnar via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:40