Over the last couple of months, UFC cards have been plagued by injuries, resulting in fight cards being reworked, left and right. Saturday’s UFC 153 is no different. The original main event was supposed to see Jose Aldo defending his featherweight championship against Erik Koch; however, an injury pulled Koch out of the fight. Frankie Edgar was then scheduled to step in, only for Aldo to then withdraw from the fight due to an injury.

But that was just the main event. Brazilian light heavyweight sensation Glover Teixeira was scheduled to take on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but Jackson also had to leave the card due to an injury, and has been replaced by Fabio Maldonado. With the UFC 151 fiasco, Vitor Belfort jumped off of the card and out of his fight against Alan Belcher, but that turned out to not matter too much, because Belcher suffered a spinal injury and wouldn’t have been able to fight anyway.

But with all of the injuries, the UFC was able to find the best possible replacement to fight in the main event, Brazil’s own Anderson Silva. There was word that the reigning UFC middleweight champion volunteered to fight at UFC 151 in order to save the event, but his effort was for naught, as the cancellation occurred. Now, “The Spider” will be stepping up on short notice to help save this card in front of a crowd in his home country. While he might be competing at light heavyweight rather than middleweight, his fight against Stephan Bonnar will be one that, if he wins, will further solidify his place at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.

Many out there don’t even think that Bonnar should be in the same arena, let alone the same cage as the middleweight champion, but something tells me that the fans in the arena that will have a chance to watch Silva in person will not be complaining. And at the end of the day, Bonnar could win. Who knows, stranger things have happened.

The HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro hosts all of the action on Oct.13, with the fights kicking off with a Facebook stream at 7 p.m. ET and shifting to FX at 8 p.m. ET, before heading to pay-per-view for the main card at 10 p.m. ET.

Here to break down the entire card is The MMA Corner’s panel of Gregory Chase, Richard Wilcoxon and Brian McKenna.

WW: Demian Maia (16-4) vs. Rick Story (14-5)

Wilcoxon: This is one of the most competitive fights on the main card. I am excited to see if Demian Maia can continue to look like a contender at welterweight.

Maia (Marcelo Alonso/Sherdog)

Maia was a title contender at middleweight and a perennial top-10 fighter. He is one of the most decorated BJJ fighters in MMA history. However, he has spent a considerable amount of time working on his striking. He has focused so much on his striking, in fact, that many fans have been begging him to return to his BJJ roots and start looking for submission victories again.

On the other hand, people forget that a little over a year ago Story looked to be on the verge of his own title shot. After back-to-back losses, he is looking to get himself back into contention. Story is a well-rounded fighter with good powerful striking, wrestling, and solid submission skills.

Maia clearly has the submission game advantage in this one, whereas Story will have the wrestling and power advantage. However, I believe Maia has rounded out his skills enough to where he is actually the more technical striker at this point. This fight is really a coin toss and will tell us a lot about where Maia fits in the welterweight division.

At the end of the day, Story has lost all of his fights by decision, and I think he adds another loss to that total. Story will make Maia work, but Maia will outpoint Story on his feet while Story uses his wrestling to keep the fight away from the mat, where he could be stopped.

Chase: The most frustrating thing for me is watching Maia over his past fights. He has been trying to prove his striking prowess, and it just isn’t getting him anywhere fast. The saying goes, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” and this is the case for him. I think Maia needs to use his striking to a point, but not abandon his ground game. His submissions are some of the best in the world, but he needs to get the fight to the ground first.

Story (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

On the other hand, he is fighting Story, who I think will have a striking advantage over Maia. This may force Maia to go back to his bread and butter, but we’ll see. At the end of the day, I see Story getting a TKO victory, or Maia taking home a submission early on.

McKenna: I don’t want to call Maia’s victory over Dong-Hyun Kim at UFC 148 a fluke, but it was definitely an awkward victory and made his future success at welterweight hard to gauge. It isn’t too often that you see a fighter get TKO’ed in less than a minute as a result of a takedown that resembled a German suplex, but that is exactly what happened. But the important part of that particular move is what Greg just mentioned: the Brazilian was getting the fight to the ground, presumably to work his jiu-jitsu. You have to figure that with the drop in weight class, Maia should be more effective with his grappling because he will be able to move lighter guys around to advance his position.

Story is a worthy fighter, but I have to go with Maia in this fight. While he has never been submitted, the American is going to try to keep the fight standing, which is where he will have the clear edge. I see Maia doing whatever he can to get this fight to the ground and outwork Story while they’re down there. Maia by decision.

LHW: Phil Davis (9-1) vs. Wagner Prado (8-0)

Chase: This is a fight where I hope to see Phil Davis go out there and do what he does best. Davis was on a great streak going into his fight with Rashad Evans, but then didn’t perform. He will be looking to bounce back and put his name back into the mix of light heavyweight contenders.

Davis (L) battles Rashad Evans (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Styles make fights, as they say, and this is one that pits two polar opposites against one another. Davis brings a submission advantage, while Wagner Prado brings the edge in striking. This will settle the score from the last fight that ended in a no-contest and will truly be the test of Prado’s ability to hang with the top-tier fighters on the big stage. This is his first UFC pay-per-view main card debut, and it might be a whole different beast for him.

Davis, while having only a slightly better record than Prado, is the veteran here in my book. His opponents have been tougher, the pressure has been greater in his fights, and he is well-rounded enough to perform anywhere the fight goes. I see Davis walking away with a submission win or claiming a unanimous decision.

McKenna: This may be the hardest fight to pick on the main card. Just like Greg pointed out, this is one of those good ol’ classic grappler versus striker matchups. I went back to watch their first fight, and it was hard to dissect based on the fact that it lasted less than two minutes.

For the most part, the Penn State graduate did a good job staying at a safe range early on, not eating any big strikes from the knockout artist. It was only after a good punch by Prado that Davis started to backpedal, and the defensive positioning by Davis that came of the situation resulted in the eye poke.

Prado suffered an eyepoke that spoiled his debut (MMA Fighting)

What would have happened next is unknown. But something tells me that Davis would have shot for a takedown soon thereafter. From there, I feel like the fight would have been “Mr. Wonderful’s” based on the fact that he is more rounded of a fighter and has faced better opponents within his time in the UFC.

I don’t think that Davis was hurt by the punch that made him backpedal, but it definitely caught his attention. Don’t expect the feeling out process to last very long this time, because “Mr. Wonderful” will shoot for the takedown early and wrestle his way to the decision.

Wilcoxon: This fight is only difficult to predict because of the limited exposure of Prado to the larger UFC audience. As both of my colleagues have said, Davis has faced better competition on a bigger stage with great results. Yes, he lost to Evans, but Evans is one of the best in the world at 205. And Davis isn’t far behind him. I look for Davis to take Prado down early and often, where he will work for a submission victory or grind out a one-sided decision.

WW: Jon Fitch (23-4-1) vs. Erick Silva (14-2)

McKenna: In his first 15 fights with the UFC, Jon Fitch was 14-1 with the lone loss coming to the welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre. But really, what have you done for me lately? In his last two fights he is 0-1-1, tying B.J. Penn and lasting only 12 seconds against Johny Hendricks. I don’t want to say that Fitch is a shell of himself due to not winning in his last two, but rather because of the fact that he has been injured for most of the last year. A shoulder injury after the Penn fight held him out for ten months. A knee injury after the Hendricks fight has held him out an additional ten. Can you honestly expect Fitch to come out and wrestle the way he has in the past with the injuries he has suffered in enemy territory?

Fitch (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Opposing Fitch will be Erick Silva, a man who has looked outstanding during his time in the UFC. Sure, he technically has a loss with the promotion, but it almost parallels the loss on light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ record. Referee Mario Yamasaki disqualified Silva at UFC 142 after what he called strikes to the back of the head of Carlo Prater. The call was questionable and even Joe Rogan interviewed Yamasaki about it after the official decision. But no matter the result, the people got to really see just what Silva is all about. He is an absolutely vicious striker who isn’t afraid to use his black belt in jiu-jitsu.

To me, both fighters have an edge. The fact that this fight takes place in Rio de Janeiro will give Silva an edge. But the other edge goes to Fitch, who is by far the best fighter that the Brazilian has fought to this point in his career. The skills that the former No. 1 contender holds will be enough for him to grind out another decision victory.

Wilcoxon: Can Fitch come back from injury and rebound to be a top-five welterweight again? Can Silva live up to the insane hype being thrown on him? Those are the questions this fight will answer.

Silva has looked amazing in his time in the UFC. As Brian said, he should sport an undefeated record in the promotion. He has highlighted fast hands with KO power, as well as a black belt in BJJ. People thought a wrestler would grind him out, but he easily handled Charlie Brenneman. However, Fitch is a huge step up the ladder for the young fighter.

Fitch is a long time UFC fighter, and for most of that run he has been ranked as the No. 2 welterweight in the world. Fitch is a former collegiate wrestler who has mastered wrestling in MMA –they are two completely different things, just ask Shane Roller. Many fans miss how good Fitch’s submission skills are because he primarily uses them for defensive purposes, but he has taken down and played in the guard of numerous BJJ black belts without being submitted since his professional debut in 2002. Fitch also possesses sound technical striking, but does lack power.

Silva (Sherdog)

Normally, I would lean towards Fitch in this fight, but I am really concerned about some of his recent comments. Fitch has said that in order to get another title shot he needs to change his style because it doesn’t matter who you beat, it only matters if you bring in fans and sell tickets. While there is a whole editorial’s worth of things to examine in those statements, for the purpose of this discussion it worries me about where Fitch’s head is and if he is going to attempt to change his style in order to get that title shot. Silva is probably the wrong opponent for Fitch to stand and trade with.

Based on Fitch’s statement, I am going to go with Silva winning by a second-round TKO.

Chase: Fitch is a fighter who knows how to win, but doesn’t look all that impressive doing so. He wrestled his way into the headlines of the welterweight division, but now was set back at the hands of Hendricks. That loss prevented Fitch from being in a title fight, which many felt wasn’t a strong enough sell. But now he has to prove himself.

While Fitch is very skilled at wrestling and jiu-jitsu, I think Silva will hold the advantage in this department. Fitch can try to use his wrestling again, but I think Silva will be ready for that type of fight. As Richard put it, standing with Silva probably isn’t the best idea, since Silva will get the better of those exchanges. The pressure is on Fitch to perform in this one, so I predict that Silva will win by submission or TKO.

HW: Dave Herman (21-4) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1)

Chase: This is a fight that will be crucial for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He will be in his home country again and will have learned his lesson from the Frank Mir fight to not try to get fancy and just finish it when you can. Even though he lost to Mir, he has the much better momentum going into this fight. We saw what he did last time he was in Brazil, and I could see it happening again.

Herman (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Dave Herman is the more technical striker, but “Big Nog” has a durability that will help him withstand some of the onslaught. Plus, Herman’s chin hasn’t been too promising or consistent, leaving Nogueira a chance to win this by knockout or TKO, rather than having to use his ground game. Nogueira’s safest bet is to get this on the ground, but we will see where he chooses to go.

I will predict that Nog takes home another impressive KO/TKO for his homeland.

Wilcoxon: This is a tough fight to call. Nogueira is no longer the fighter he once was and Herman has been on a little bit of a slide.

Herman was a top prospect in EliteXC. He possesses great striking with knockout power and a better than expected ground game. But since EliteXC folded, he has never quite lived up to what people thought he would be. He is currently on a two-fight skid, and if he wasn’t in the shallow heavyweight division, he would be fighting for his UFC life.

Nogueira (Tracy Lee/Combat Lifestyle)

Nogueira is a true legend of the sport. His ground game is one of the best in the heavyweight division. He has solid boxing and was known for his iron chin. The saying used to be that Nogueira didn’t lose, he just ran out of time because he never got stopped. But that was long ago. Since 2008, he has traded wins and losses and he has been stopped three times. His body has just been through too many wars.

Five years ago, this would be an easy pick for Nogueira, but now it is a lot closer. Sadly, these are the type of opponents Nog should be matched with today. In the end, I agree with my colleague—Nogueira wins—but I think it will be a second-round submission.

McKenna: Yes, I agree that “Big Nog” is definitely a shell of his former self at this point of his career, but I really see absolutely no way that Herman can win this fight.

Yes, Herman has some impressive statistics, such as 15 knockouts and five submissions, but what has he done against top-tier competition? His lone promotional victory is against Jon-Olav Einemo, who is now retired. He is on a two-fight losing streak, having lost to Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve.

But the fact that he couldn’t top “Big Country” or “The Skyscraper” leads me to believe that he will struggle with Nogueira. No way “Big Nog” doesn’t come in and mop the floor with “Pee-Wee,” based on the way he left the Octagon in his last outing. Have I at all mentioned the fact that this card is in Brazil? That will also be working in Nog’s favor when he submits Herman sometime in the second round.

LHW: Glover Teixeira (18-2) vs. Fabio Maldonado (18-5)

Wilcoxon: This fight was originally scheduled to be Glover Teixeira against Rampage Jackson. After Jackson withdrew from the fight due to an injury, several potential opponents declined the fight before Fabio Maldonado finally stepped up.

Maldonado (L) (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Maldonado brings his feared striking into the cage. He has notched 12 KO victories in his career. While Maldonado is known for his striking, his ground game isn’t bad. It just isn’t as impressive as his power striking.

This fight is a huge risk for Teixeira. He was being fast-tracked into big fights since the UFC has been interested in him for so long and champion Jon Jones is lacking in quality challengers. I expected his fight with Rampage would be his coming-out party. Now, he is relegated to fighting someone who proposes some risks with little reward for winning.

While Maldonado does have power that could catch Teixeira, he is nowhere near the complete fighter Teixeira is. Teixeira possesses a varied striking attack that will see plenty of high kicks as well as power punching. He also has a slick submission game that easily outshines Maldonado’s ground game.

I expect this fight to go very similar to Teixeira’s first trip into the Octagon. He will engage Maldonado in a striking exchange where he will land a big shot that stuns Maldonado long enough to lock on the submission of his choice. Teixeira wins by submission in the first round.

McKenna: I hate to rule anyone out of a fight, because you never know what could happen, but honestly, I don’t see Maldonado standing much of a chance in this one. I’d be lying to you if I said that I have seen Teixeira fight outside of the UFC, but even with just the small sample we have of him from his fight at UFC 146, how can you not be impressed?

Teixeira (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

One thing that you can look at in this fight is the fact that they have Kyle Kingsbury as a common opponent. Maldonado lost by decision to him, whereas Teixeira treated him like a rag doll and submitted him in less than two minutes after he knocked him into next Tuesday.

Richard did a good job laying out exactly what both fighters are all about, so there is no need to sound like a broken record. I realize that Maldonado is pretty good at throwing the leather, but the more complete fighter that is Teixeira is going to take care of business the way he already has before in the Octagon. First-round knockout for Teixeira.

Chase: As Richard pointed out, this is a high-risk fight for Teixeira. This is a fight he needs to win, especially since he was slated to fight a bigger name that would have launched him into the title shot talks. He needs to win this fight and then take on a big-name fighter.

As with Brian, I think Maldanado will have a tough time in this fight. He is on a two-fight losing streak and is facing a very dangerous and well-rounded fighter. This is one that is going to end in a stoppage, with Teixeira emerging the victor.

LHW: Anderson Silva (32-4) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-7)

McKenna: I was in Las Vegas when Anderson Silva defended his title against Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, and I can tell you firsthand that there were a lot of Brazilians that made the trip to North America for the fight, and as a result the building was absolutely rocking when he made the walk from the locker room to the Octagon. I can only imagine what it is going to sound like inside the HSBC Arena when it is his turn to make that walk this Saturday.

Bonnar (James Law/Heavy MMA)

There is so much that you can say about the UFC middleweight champion, but rather than tell everyone his credentials (ones everyone already knows), let’s talk about the fight at hand. Silva will be moving up a weight class, as he has done a couple of times before, to take on Stephan Bonnar. A lot of people out there are not even giving Bonnar a chance, and that is understandable. “The American Psycho” has definitely had an above-average career with the UFC, but has always struggled against strong competition. He lost to Rashad Evans, Jon Jones and Forrest Griffin twice. So what makes anyone think he could even hold Silva’s jock strap?

I think that Silva is definitely going to win this fight, but I’m not going to say that he is going to steamroll to a point where Bonnar’s mother is not even going to be able to recognize him. In a fight, anything can happen. Vitor Belfort was seconds away from snapping Jon Jones’ arm last month, so why not Bonnar? Bonnar is the type of fighter who is known to press forward and attack. From what I have seen, the blueprint to get crushed by Silva is to stand in front of him for a couple of minutes and try to counter strike. That is what Yushin Okami did. Belfort, too.

My pick for the fight will be a knockout in the first round for Silva, but if Bonnar decides to press forward and throw, who knows, maybe he can land that knockout blow that the Brazilian has been able to avoid for so long.

Chase: This fight makes me happy. Period. This is a chance for yet another mark of MMA history. As the UFC’s promotional commercial points out, one of two things could happen—an incredible knockout or the biggest upset in UFC history.

But let me start by saying every fighter has a chance, and Bonnar has better chances than people are giving him. I truly believe that Bonnar could win this fight.

However, my money is going to Silva, hands down. This is a fight that should highlight once again what makes Silva, Silva. Each time Silva has gone up to 205 pounds, he has returned with a first-round knockout win. I think this is a chance for him to go three for three.

Silva (R) knocks out Vitor Belfort (James Law/Heavy MMA)

Silva’s best work and highlights come from when he has opponents who stand in front of him and trade. This is what Bonnar can, will and is not afraid to do. Despite Bonnar’s durability, he has never faced a guy like Silva. Yes, he faced Jon Jones, but no one is like “The Spider.” This one will be Silva, still undefeated, with another stoppage—and with yet another Ultimate Fighter contestant under his belt.

Wilcoxon: This is just a fun fight that will either be completely forgotten in a year or will be remembered alongside Serra/GSP as one of the biggest upsets in MMA history.

This is a matchup of size versus speed. Reflexes versus straight-ahead determination. Everybody knows what Silva brings to the table. He has elite Muay Thai striking and is a BJJ black belt, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Silva’s physical gifts are what set him apart. He possesses amazing speed, unparalleled reflexes and uncanny timing that has seen him move like he is in the Matrix.

Bonnar will enter the fight as the much larger fighter. He will have a strength advantage and possesses good boxing and an underrated ground game. Bonnar has an iron chin. He has never really been knocked out in his career.

The reality is that Bonnar will need to use movement to cut off the cage and eventually get his hands on Silva to have a prayer. But at the end of the day, Silva’s speed and accurate striking will more than likely pick apart Bonnar. Bonnar’s chin will keep him up for a while—longer than most people think—but in the end this is Silva’s fight to lose.

Preliminary Card
LW: Reza Madadi (12-2) vs. Cristiano Marcello (12-4)

Wilcoxon: If this was a grappling only match, I would lean towards Cristiano Marcello. His skills on the ground are impressive, but his deficiencies in striking will always leave him vulnerable in MMA. Reza Madadi isn’t a big striker either, but I can’t imagine he has worse stand-up than Marcello. I will expect this fight to go the distance with Madadi pulling out an uneventful decision.

Chase: As Richard said, Marcello has the advantage on the ground. I think he will use his ground game to find a submission, but I would bet on a decision as well. This is a fight where the technicality isn’t completely there in favor of one or the other.

McKenna: Marcello’s official UFC debut against Sam Sicilia was a bad matchup for the Brazilian. This fight is far more favorable for him, and he will showcase his elite jiu-jitsu game that we have heard about for so long. First-round submission for the TUF: Live alum.

MW: Chris Camozzi (17-5) vs. Luiz Cane (12-4)

Chase: Chris Camozzi is a tough guy, but I think Luiz Cane is going to give him some trouble on the feet. I see Cane ending this one early by TKO/KO. Camozzi has some submissions and whatnot, but every fight starts standing.

McKenna: Cane is most likely fighting for his contract here, because he is 1-3 in his last four. Because of this, he is going to be dangerous. Add in that this fight is going to take place in his backyard…and I’m still going to go with Camozzi here. The American will grind out a decision in this one.

Wilcoxon: Cane’s striking is always talked about and makes him dangerous. But Camozzi is much more rounded. I agree with Brian on this one—Camozzi grinds out a decision.

WW: Renee Forte (7-1) vs. Sergio Moraes (6-2)

McKenna: For those who may have forgotten, Sergio Moraes was the runner-up in the middleweight TUF Brazil tournament. He didn’t fight at his best when he took on Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira, which should drive him and motivate him for this fight. For this bout, the UFC is bringing in new blood in Renee Forte. Many expect Forte to get steamrolled here, but I expect him to represent himself well in a second-round submission loss.

Wilcoxon: Moraes did not look good in his last outing, but he did make it to the finals in TUF Brazil. I think he will perform much better this time around. And he should have just about every advantage possible: he has great grappling, has been in the UFC before, and holds a four-inch height advantage and probably a reach advantage to go along with it. Forte may have better striking, but Moraes should be able to keep him on the outside with his reach. Moraes wins this with a second-round submission.

Chase: As Brian said, Moraes is a guy people shouldn’t be quick to forget. Even though TUF Brazil wasn’t popular in the U.S., it still created an opportunity for some of these well-rounded fighters to come up the ranks. I think that Moraes has what it takes in this outing to bounce back from his loss and come up with another finish. First-round submission.

FW: Diego Brandao (14-8) vs. Joey Gambino (9-1)

Chase: Both are coming off of loses, but I have to go with Diego Brandao in this one. He has the better experience and is well-rounded in his striking and submissions. Joey Gambino’s ground game might be the only thing that might cancel out, but I see Brandao getting the best of Gambino on the feet.

Wilcoxon: Neither of these fighters is ever going to be more than prelim fodder in the UFC. Gambino will go for it with all his heart. With that said, Brandao has more ways to win, so I will echo Gregory and pick him to win by a first-round stoppage.

McKenna: Gambino better have broken down the film of Brandao’s loss against Darren Elkins to the point where the tape wore out if he is to stand a chance in this fight. Richard used the word “fodder” earlier, well I think that Gambino is going to be ratings fodder, as this fight will be strategically placed so that it airs on FX. The Brazilian will land the knockout (in the first round) that the promotion hopes will cause casual fans to buy the pay-per-view.

LW: Gleison Tibau (25-8) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (11-1)

Wilcoxon: I hope Francisco Trinaldo can pull this out. I am not a big Gleison Tibau fan, but he definitely has the advantage in this one. While he could potentially get out-struck in this fight, Tibau will have a massive size and wrestling advantage. Both fighters are good grapplers, so I see Tibau taking this by decision.

McKenna: This is definitely a major step up in competition for another TUF Brazil alum, Trinaldo. Honestly, the way that Tibau got robbed at UFC 148 means he is going to come out and look to avenge that loss. Tibau wins by submission in the first.

Chase: This is Tibau all the way for me. No doubt in my mind that he should take this victory in great fashion. Not to say Trinaldo can’t pull out a submission, but I think Tibau will get the better of him in the stand-up.

FW: Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra (11-3) vs. Sam Sicilia (11-1)

McKenna: The featherweight TUF Brazil winner, Rony Jason, will look to add to the momentum that he is riding. But across from him will be another recent TUF alum who fought on his season at lightweight. Sam Sicilia felt that he was on the wrong end of a decision during the show, and took it out on Cristiano Marcello at the finale. Look for the American to earn a second-round TKO victory in this one.

Chase: Sicilia is going to win this one early and hard. His hands have paved the way into the UFC and will be what keeps him winning. Bezerra is a dangerous man on the ground, but Sicilia’s hands will be tough for Bezerra to take.

Wilcoxon: This fight ends one of two ways: with Sicilia’s hand raised following a TKO victory or Jason’s raised after a submission win. Both fighters are on long winnign streaks and have one fight in the UFC. In the end, if this fight is determined by where it takes place, it comes down to wrestling. I believe Sicilia will have an advantage in that area. Sicilia will walk away with a second-round TKO.

Top Photo: Anderson Silva celebrates victory (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

About The Author

Brian McKenna
Staff Writer

Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.