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White on 153: “This is Old-school UFC, champ and superstars saved card”

Following the UFC 153 fallout of the main and co-main event, the UFC was on the horn calling all headline fighters available. It was a shock to fans to learn that Anderson Silva would step in late notice against light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar on Oct. 15 for UFC Rio. Not the most ideal match-up, yet still intriguing enough to pull in viewers. The bout alongside fellow Brazilian and former champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman once again completed the card. UFC president Dana White could not thank the superstars and champion enough for stepping in to save the card.

We’re back on track. 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.

This is old-school UFC. A card is in jeopardy, but guys that are world champions and superstars stepped up and jumped in and saved the card. This is why the fans love this sport and why we went on a 12-year run without canceling an event. via USA Today

The news of top fighters stepping in and saving a card can be construed as further proof that Jon Jones’ decision to not help the UFC save 151 was the wrong choice. Jones has not been in the presidents good graces since his refusal, but will look to redeem himself at UFC 152 against Vitor Belfort on Sept. 22.

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