Just 24 hours after Jose Aldo and Quinton Jackson both bowed out of the UFC 153 card due to injuries, three new replacement bouts were announced to help save the show.
UFC 153, which is slated for Oct. 13 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, added a headlining bout of Anderson Silva vs Stephan Bonnar, a co-main event of Glover Teixeira vs Fabio Maldonado, and a key heavyweight bout between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Dave Herman.
Frankie Edgar will not be featured on the card, UFC officials confirmed on Sept. 12.
“We’re back on track,” UFC President Dana White said. “Anderson Silva wasn’t scheduled to fight at all. I called him today and he’s shooting a commercial in Brazil. Anderson Silva steps up, and Stephan Bonnar wants to fight him. The Teixeira vs Maldonado fight comes together, and then Nogueira was standing right there with Anderson shooting the commercial with him, and he said he wanted to fight, too.”