Anderson (The Spider) Silva toyed with Stephan (The American Psycho) Bonnar in the main event of UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro Saturday.
Bonnar immediately charged forward and clinched, attempting to wear Silva down with knees and punches. But it wasn't long before the UFC middleweight champion began playing with him, standing right in front of the The Ultimate Fighter season one finalist while allowing him to throw strikes.
As the first round came to a close, Silva dropped Bonnar with a nasty knee to the gut before unloading with punches for the TKO win.
“I'm not the best,” Silva said through translator Ed Soares. “I just believe I can do things people think are impossible.”
The bout marks Silva's first at light-heavyweight since he knocked out Forrest Griffin over three years ago. Despite being undefeated in the weight class, Silva said he intends to remain at middleweight.
“No, I'm not going to fight at 205,” Silva said. “I fight at 185 pounds. I just fought at 205 to save the event and put on a show for everyone.”
Silva and Bonnar were paired up after the previous main event between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar fell through after Aldo was in a motorcycle accident.
PEE-WEE PROVEN WRONG
For years Dave (Pee-Wee) Herman said Brazilian jiu jitsu doesn't work.
Antonio Rodrigo (Minotauro) Nogueira proved him otherwise, slapping on a tight armbar to pick up the win in the co-main event.
Herman managed to defend a slew of submission attempts, but while defending the initial armbar set up, he accidentally moved himself deeper into the hold.
“I feel so happy,” Nogueira said. “This man said jiu jitsu doesn't work, but jiu jitsu does work. Jiu jitsu is Brazilian and it's an art.
“I'm sure that he does practice jiu jitsu because he knows how to defend.”
The bout was Nogueira's first since having his arm broken by Frank Mir in December. Herman has now lost three straight.
MALDONADO 'NOT HUMAN'
Not only did Fabio Maldonado come out to the Rocky theme song, he took a beating that would even make the Italian Stallion say uncle.
Glover Teixeira battered Maldonado with a disgusting series of punches and elbows throughout a brutal first round. Despite receiving ungodly punishment, Maldonado almost pulled off a Hollywood ending after returning to his feet. Though he could barely stand, and needed to lean on the cage to stay up, he wobbled Teixeira with a left hook.
Unfortunately, Teixeira recovered and went back to dishing out punishment in the second. Following 10 violent minutes, the cage-side doctor stopped the bout.
“This guy, he's not human, man,” Teixeira said. “My plan was to take him down and beat him on the ground. I told (trainer) John Hackleman, 'I'm going to knock him out.' I didn't care how good his chin is, I was going to knock him out."
Following the bout, Teixeira challenged Quinton Jackson, who he was originally set to meet in Rio.
FITCH WINS ONE FOR HIS FAMILY
Jon Fitch won an impressive unanimous decision over Brazilian standout Erick (Indio) Silva.
Fitch went to his bread and butter in the first, taking Silva to the mat and delivering punches. Silva turned the tables in the second, securing back control and sinking in a deep rear-naked choke. However, Fitch remained patient and peeled Silva's hands apart to escape. Fitch then immediately went to the back and slapped on an armbar as the round came to an end.
The third saw Fitch take an exhausted Silva to the mat, where he unloaded with nasty ground-and-pound until time expired.
“I would have beat anybody today,” Fitch said. “I didn't care who they were or what class they were in. My family needed this win.”
DAVIS 'WONDERFUL' AGAINST PRADO
Phil (Mr. Wonderful) Davis put on a dominant performance, submitting Wagner (Caldeirao) Prado with an anaconda choke in the second round.
“Normally I'm the young lion coming on,” Davis said. “It was a different feeling getting in the gym knowing someone like Wagner Prado is trying to take your block off.
“(The anaconda choke is) one of my high percentage moves. I didn't even get a chance to fully lock it in, but it worked.”
The two originally met at UFC on FOX 4 in August in a bout that ended in a no contest after Prado suffered an accidental eye poke.
MAIA CRANKS THE HORROR
Demian Maia made quick work of Rick (The Horror) Story.
After wrestling Story to the mat, Maia secured back control and locked in a gruesome neck crank for the win. As the submission specialist applied pressure, blood came gushing out of Story's nose.
Maia is now 2-0 since dropping to welterweight. He picked up a first-round TKO victory over Dong Hyun Kim in July, after Kim suffered a freak rib injury. The loss marks Story's third in his last four fights.
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Rony (Jason) Mariano Bezerra earned a second-round TKO victory over Sam Sicilia in the final preliminary bout.
Gleison Tibau survived a disastrous second round to win a unanimous decision over Francisco (Massaranduba) Trinaldo.
TUF 14 winner Diego (Ceara) Brandao won a spirited unanimous decision over Joey (The Raging Warrior) Gambino.
Sergio (Serginho) Moraes picked up his first UFC victory, submitting Renee Forte with a rear-naked choke in the third round.
Chris Camozzi won a unanimous decision over Luiz (Banha) Cane, spoiling the Brazilian's middleweight debut.
Cristiano Marcello won a dubious split decision over Reza (Mad Dog) Madadi in the opening bout.
UFC 153 RESULTS
Anderson Silva def. Stephan Bonnar via first-round TKO (knee and punches)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Dave Herman via second-round submission (armbar)
Glover Teixeira def. Fabio Maldonado via second-round TKO (doctor stoppage)
Jon Fitch def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Phil Davis def. Wagner Prado via second-round submission (anaconda choke)
Demian Maia def. Rick Story via first-round submission (neck crank)