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UFC 153 Predictions From Staff

The UFC returns to Brazil Saturday night for UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar. The main event will feature arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter ever, Anderson Silva, taking on former Ultimate Fighter runner-up Stephan Bonnar.

The card has seen a drastic change from the original script, as Silva-Bonnar replaced a replacement main event between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.

FightLine main writer Dana Becker and staff writer Joseph Lisnow offer up their predictions for the main event between “The Spider” and “The American Psycho.”

Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar

Dana Becker: Stephan Bonnar looked as focused as ever during the weigh-ins and press conferences during the week, and I believe that is a sure sign that we could be in for a three-round war on Saturday. Bonnar has been tested against some of the best fighters in the world, and he’ll be facing an Anderson Silva without a complete training camp. Silva is a true professional, so you can also expect a strong Silva to show up. However, Silva also likes to pace himself out and prepare 100-percent for each and every fight. He wasn’t able to do that. Also, Silva is a good-sized middleweight, but will give up a huge weight advantage to Bonnar. Can Bonnar get him to the mat – much like Chael Sonnen did in their first meeting – and wear him down? Maybe. If he can do that, Bonnar can shock the world. Am I picking Bonnar? Well……Anderson Silva via first round TKO

Joseph Lisnow: It’s not even fight day, but I can hear the Rocky theme playing in my head as Bonnar takes on Silva. Just like in the movie, the underdog Bonnar will lose. It’s great to see two fighters (yet again) step-up last minute to save a card. While Bonnar may have the physical advantage on his side, he’s taking on the best in the world. Silva seems so calm heading into the fight, he might be overlooking the original runner-up of The Ultimate Fighter but not likely. He knows what he’s doing and took the fight knowing it will be a breeze in his home country. I expect Bonnar to swing for the fences as he has nothing to lose here. In the end Bonnar loses, but in the process he may have earned that third fight with Forrest Griffin by accepting this fight. Anderson Silva via third round KO