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  • Sherdog Pick’Em Trends: UFC 153 ‘Silva vs. Bonnar’

    By: Staff

    Anderson Silva will fight at 205 pounds for the third time. |

    Anderson Silva has won 16 consecutive fights, 15 of them in the Octagon. When he squares off with Stephan Bonnar in the UFC 153 main event on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, players in’s MMA Pick’Em fantasy game expect business as usual, as 92 percent have chosen “The Spider” to defeat “The American Psycho.”

    Silva has two previous appearances at 205 pounds in the UFC, scoring first-round knockouts of James Irvin and Forrest Griffin. The middleweight champion last appeared in July, when he stopped longtime antagonist Chael Sonnen in the second frame at UFC 148.

    Bonnar, who is best known for his back-and-forth slugfest with Griffin at “The Ultimate Fighter 1” Finale, carries a three-fight winning streak into the bout, with victories over Krzysztof Soszynski, Igor Pokrajac and Kyle Kingsbury to his credit. While the Carlson Gracie protégé has been stopped due to cuts twice in his professional career, he has never been knocked out in 22 fights.

    In the co-main event, Antonio Nogueira makes his return from arm surgery against Dave Herman in a heavyweight clash. Competitors expect a successful comeback for “Minotauro,” as 87 percent favor him against the American.

    Nogueira has not competed since a kimura from Frank Mir snapped his arm at UFC 140. The 36-year-old knocked out “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 finalist Brendan Schaub the last time he fought in Brazil at UFC 134. Meanwhile, Herman has suffered back-to-back losses to Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson in his last two Octagon outings.

    Silva will not be the biggest favorite at the HSBC Arena, as 97 percent of participants have sided with the highly regarded Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight tilt with...

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  • Podcast: UFC 153 Roundtable

    By: Staff
    Jack Encarnacao returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Friday for a roundtable discussion of the UFC 153 card, which features a light-heavyweight attraction between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar. Joining Jack on the table was's Jordan Breen, Joe Ortiz and Brazilian MMA reporter Fernando Kallas.

    For two hours the...

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  • Marcelo Alonso Joins Press Row

    By: Jordan Breen
    xEvery Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the blog. This week, Breen welcomes Portal do Vale Tudo and's Marcelo Alonso to “Press Row.”

    With the third UFC in Rio de Janeiro forthcoming, Breen and Alonso discuss the UFC's current place in the Brazilian sporting culture as MMA continues its rise in the country. The...

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  • PVT Mag 35: Brazil vs. The World at UFC 153

    By: Marcelo Alonso

    Two injuries threatened the success of the third edition of the UFC in Rio de Janeiro, with Jose Aldo and Quinton Jackson both forced out of action. Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira were filming a commercial in Sao Paulo, but when the call came from Dana White, asking if they could lend their talents to UFC 153, both agreed.

    The 35th edition of PVT Mag brings all the details concerning another historic event in Brazil, from the twists and changes in the card, the calling of “The Spider” and “Mino,” and which fights could steal the show at HSBC Arena.

    The new, free online edition also includes a story on Nova Uniao black belt Ramon Lemos, the leader of Atos Jiu-Jitsu and coordinator of Corinthians MMA Training Center. Besides training Anderson Silva on the ground for key recent bouts, Ramon also sharpened Junior dos Santos’ ground game for his title...

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  • Top 5 Forum Threads of the Week

    By: Jeff Sherwood

    Rory MacDonald faces B.J. Penn on Dec. 8 in Seattle. | Photo:

    More than two months still separate Rory MacDonald and B.J. Penn from their UFC on Fox 5 showdown on Dec. 8 in Seattle, but that has not kept them from trading barbs in the social media world.

    Penn and MacDonald took swings at one another on Twitter and their respective fans followed suit. An emerging force at welterweight, MacDonald touted his 200-pound pre-fight frame and jabbed at the Hawaiian’s conditioning. Penn fired back, reminding the Canadian of his affinity for playing David to an opponent’s Goliath.

    Other items of interest on the forums this week include UFC President Dana White’s revelation that Matt Mitrione turned down a proposed bout with 2011 Strikeforce heavyweight grand...

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  • Sherdog Photo of the Day: Oct. 3

    By: Staff

    UFC heavyweight Dave Herman turns 28 today -- eight years younger than the man he'll face at UFC 153, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo...

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  • Podcast: ‘The Jordan Breen Show’

    By: Staff
    Jordan Breen was back Thursday on the Sherdog Radio Network with a solo edition of “The Jordan Breen Show.”

    For two hours, Breen read emails and tweets, took listener calls and discussed the recently announced UFC 153 main event between Anderson Silva and...

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  • Video: Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Training in Brazil for UFC 153

    By: Marcelo Alonso

    At UFC 153, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will fight in Brazil for the first time, against a Brazilian, no less. So, where does the former UFC light heavyweight champ go to train? Brazil, of course.

    Jackson arrived in Brazil last Thursday for a 45-day stay in Recife, the state capital of Pernambuco. While there, the 34-year-old will train for his Oct. 13 bout against Glover Teixeira at Vorus Fight Club, coached by ...

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