Anderson Silva makes weight

Updated: October 12, 2012, 6:04 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

As expected, middleweight champion Anderson Silva had no difficulty making the 205-pound limit Friday for his bout at UFC 153.

Silva, who faces Stephan Bonnar on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, weighed in at 202 pounds. Bonnar checked in at 205 pounds.

"I owe this fight to all my Brazilian fans," Silva said. "I want to give back to everyone and hope to give a good fight."

Bonnar, a heavy underdog, was calm when talking about his bout against the man most consider the greatest mixed martial artist in history.

"I'm not going to do anything different than I do every time I step in the Octagon," Bonnar said.

Silva (32-4) and Bonnar (14-7) agreed to compete at UFC 153 after featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo suffered an injury that forced him out of a bout against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Every fighter on Saturday's card made weight.

Heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, a former UFC interim champion, weighed 243 pounds. His opponent, Dave Herman, tipped the scale at 244 pounds.

The remaining main-card bouts include light heavyweights Glover Teixeira (204 pounds) against Fabio Maldonado, former top welterweight contender Jon Fitch (170) battling highly touted Erick Silva (169), light heavyweights Phil Davis (206) against Wagner Prago (204), and welterweights Demian Maia (170) tackling Rick Story (170).

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