UFC 148 Preview: Silva vs. Sonnen II

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UFC 148 Preview: Silva vs. Sonnen II

Strong-Athlete.com: UFC 148 Preview

| By Big Jeff Pearce |

On July 7th, 2012, one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  If you don’t already know, Anderson Silva will be defending his Middleweight championship belt against Chael “The Mouth” Sonnen.  The thing is, Chael Sonnen is the only fighter to really present a challenge for Silva in recent memory.  Believe it or not, Sonnen landed more significant strikes against Silva in the first round of that bout than any UFC opponent had in an entire fight against Silva.  Silva is coming off of nine consecutive title defences and has held his belt since UFC 64 in October 2006.  The last time these two met, Sonnen got the better of Silva for 4 ½ rounds until Silva successfully landed a triangle armbar in the 5th round at 3:10.  That bout was named Fight of the Year.

Leading into the fight, Chael has been playing the mental game against Silva and from all accounts, Silva has somewhat succumbed to it with rare outbursts.  Does Chael have what it takes to knock Silva off his game and take the belt or will Silva just add another win to his record?  A point to consider, the last time these two met, Silva went into the fight with bruised ribs; this time he is reportedly at 100%.  Chael better be on his game.

In addition to this headline fight, Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin will be trading punches for third time.  Ortiz took the first fight by split decision at UFC 59; Griffin doing the same at UFC 106.  This rubber match will give bragging rights to the winner.  This should be the last fight in Tito’s UFC career; hopefully he’ll go out with a bang.

The card will also feature the return of some more popular fighters such as Patrick Côté, Chad Mendes, Demian Maia and the king of the guillotine, Cody McKenzie.  All in all, this card is looking to be one of the best in recent memory.  See below for the fight card.

FIGHT CARD UFC 148

PAY-PER-VIEW FIGHTS

MW

Anderson Silva

vs.

Chael Sonnen

LHW

Forrest Griffin

vs.

Tito Ortiz

MW

Cung Le

vs.

Patrick Côté

WW

Dong Hyun Kim

vs.

Demian Maia

FW

Chad Mendes

vs.

Cody McKenzie

BW

Ivan Menjivar

vs.

Mike Easton

PRELIMINARY FIGHTS ON FX

LW

Gleison Tibau

vs.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

LW

Melvin Guillard

vs.

Fabricio Camões

MW

Constantinos Philippou

vs.

Riki Fukuda

LW

John Alessio

vs.

Shane Roller

PRELIMINARY CARD ON FACEBOOK

LW

Rafaello Oliveira

vs.

Yoislandy Izguierdo

And for those of you who haven’t had a chance to see the UFC Countdown featuring Anderson and Chael, you can check it out below:

http://youtu.be/rPy003iUuVc
 

By |July 6th, 2012|Features|

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