Just days after losing not only the main event, but also the co-main event, UFC 153 again has life as middleweight champion Anderson Silva will face Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight bout as the new headliner.

Earlier this week featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo was forced out of his title defense with former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar due to a foot injury sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Further compounding the UFC’s injury-laden stretch was the news that former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would be unable to take on Brazilian Glover Teixeira at the event, also due to injury.

Now, the promotion’s longest-reigning champion steps up on just a month’s notice to salvage the card in his home country. Silva will compete at light heavyweight for the third time in his UFC tenure, having demolished former champion Forrest Griffin and heavy-hitting James Irvin in his previous trips to 205 pounds.

It’s the second time that Silva has stepped up to help save a card in the past month, having volunteered to fight at UFC 151 to avoid its cancellation.

In his way will be Ultimate Fighter season one runner-up Stephan Bonnar. Bonnar is riding a three-fight winning streak, but has been out of action since a UFC 139 decision win over Kyle Kingsbury in November of last year. The veteran had politicked for third fight with the aforementioned Griffin earlier this year, but instead draws the dangerous Brazilian.

With a new main event in place, the UFC turned it’s attention to the empty slot in the co-main, replacing Jackson with Teixeira’s fellow countryman Fabio Maldonado.

Also added to the suddenly-reshaped card was a heavyweight affair between one of Brazil’s biggest MMA stars, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who will take on American Dave Herman.

The Oct. 13 event takes place from Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. A six-fight pay-per-view card will be accompanied by a preliminary card that will likely be split between FX and Facebook/YouTube.

Photo: Anderson Silva (James Law/Heavy MMA)