Following the win, Silva said to Joe Rogan, “Hey, I’m not the best, I’m not the best. I believe I can do things that people think are impossible.” He added that he won’t be fighting at 205 again anytime soon. “I fight at 185,” Spider said.
He’s vocalized to ESPN.com that his focus will now shift to Georges St. Pierre. But, now it seems fans and pundits want Silva to fight Jon Jones. Silva has repeatedly shot down questions about fighting Jones simply stating he has no interest in taking that fight. UFC President Dana White thinks he can get Silva to change his mind.
“I think the Jon Jones fight is a big fight. I know my man says ‘No, no, no,'” White said in the UFC 153 post-fight press conference. “But the amount of money that would be offered for that fight, I guarantee you I will make Anderson Silva say, ‘Yes, yes, yes.'”
Impressive wins were put together from Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira who finished off Dave Herman with an armbar, Phil Davis who submitted Wagner Prado and Glover Teixeira who destroyed Fabio Maldonado on the main card.
Minotauro hadn’t fought for 10 months since fighting Frank Mir and had struggled to come back from the broken arm he suffered in that fight. Herman showed some early submission defense, but a left hook dropped Herman, Nogueira got into side control grabbed the armbar and then rolled over bringing Herman’s arm to his belly and tightening it up to secure the submission. He promised that he’d continue to fight despite media insinuating he should walk away from fighting.
“They’re trying to retire me,” Nogueira said at the UFC 153 post-fight press conference. “I can still fight. I feel amazing. I’m still hungry. I still feel like I can go and fight and throw some good things. Physically, I feel good. I know my arm broke, but I had good physical therapy, and I’ve been working [an extra] hour every day.”
“I have 16 screws in my arm, and I didn’t know if I was coming back too soon. I want to say thank you to the UFC. When I broke my arm, I had a lot of support from Mr. Dana White. I flew in his plane when I came back from [UFC 140 in] Canada, and [the UFC] sent me to the best doctors. They fixed my arm and got it ready 10 months later.”
Phil Davis returned to the win column in his rematch with Wagner Prado. Prado was outgrappled by Davis who started his submission attempt on Prado looking for an arm-triangle, but finished him off with Anaconda choke. I could have sworn right after the win a familiar voice that may have been Dana White yelled out, “Phil is that you!?!?” The win was no doubt what Davis needed to get back on track after falling short to Rashad Evans and then taking a No Contest in his first match against Prado.
Jon Fitch also put on an entertaining fight against rising star Erick Silva. It’d been 10 months since Fitch had last stepped into the Octagon; he’d been rehabbing injuries that kept him out. His last fight was a loss to Johny Hendricks in December at UFC 141 and prior to that draw to BJ Penn. Earning the decision victory over Silva proved he’s returned to relevance in the 170 division.
Glover Teixeira proved he’s the new hot star of the 205 division, though Dana said he’d have to fight a contender before getting a title shot at Jon Jones. The fight between Teixeira and Fabio Maldonado maybe went a little longer than it had to with Maldonado being battered throughout most of the fight. Referee Mario Yamasaki didn’t step into to the end the fight, but at the end of round two, the doctors did. Glover improves to 2-0 in the UFC. The win was his 17th in a row in his MMA career.
$70,000 bonuses were awarded to those who captured the top honors of the night
Submission of the Night: Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira for his armbar over Herman
Fight of the Night: Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
Knockout of the Night: Rony Jason over Sam Sicilia