UFC 148 Preview

Yet another rivalry is finally solved in the UFC as one of the most intense rivalries comes back for UFC 148. The UFC has put together some big rivalries in the past few events but it will all come to a head this Saturday when Anderson Silva takes on Chael Sonnen. Both of these fighters absolutely despise each other with the quiet Silva breaking his silence to trash talk the brash and cocky Sonnen. This fight is one of the most anticipated fights in the last few years and that is all about the story and history behind these two fighters. Anderson Silva came into the UFC in 2006 with a lot of hype and immediately impressed when he submitted Chris Leben at UFC Fight Night. After that fight Silva was given his middleweight title shot which he won against Rich Franklin at UFC 64. After winning the title Silva has never looked back as he has dominated the entire middleweight division and has yet to lose in the UFC. As one of the most dominant champions in UFC history Silva has essentially emptied the entire division leaving no real challengers to the belt. He has gained the reputation of being the best pound for pound fighter in the world, although Georges St. Pierre fans may have something to say about that, as he seems to be utterly unbeatable. This was all true until Silva met a relatively new challenger in Chael Sonnen who had entered the UFC with a loss to Demian Maia but then rattled off three straight wins. Sonnen got the shot mainly because he was the only middleweight fighter that had some wins and had not fought Silva yet. When he took on Silva he proved that he was more than just another victim. When Silva and Sonnen faced off at UFC 117 in 2010 the UFC and MMA world was shocked. The fight was essentially the same for all five rounds as Chael Sonnen beat up on Anderson Silva dominating the fight in the stand up and in the ground and pound. It seemed destined that Silva would lose his first UFC fight and there would be a new champion for the first time since 2006. Then it happened Sonnen made a mistake and Silva locked in a triangle choke that ended the fight with Silva remaining the champion. It was the closest that Silva had ever come to losing in the UFC as the doubts about his dominance began to swirl. Silva remained champion though and continued to dominate the division but there was one man who he needed to beat to make his reign complete. That man was also talking plenty of smack about how he would become the next champion and that he just wanted another chance at Silva. Sonnen and Silva will get their chance to finish the feud and determine who the better fighter truly is. It is a very exciting fight as nobody has ever seen Anderson Silva in the situation that Chael Sonnen put him in the last time they faced off. Also nobody has ever seen Silva this angry before as the usual calm and collected fighter has been quite the opposite leading up to this fight. Chael has been his regular self as he continues to try to get under the skin of his opponent, which seems to be working. Both fighters are very balanced which is what makes this fight so interesting as Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen could win this fight anywhere. Silva is based in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but has the power and creativity to earn the KO like he has done 9 times in the UFC. Chael Sonnen is a traditional Greco-Roman wrestler and continues to put pressure on although he does not have the power to earn a KO and prefers to force opponents into mistakes and earn a submission. Both fighters are very close in skills but it is hard to bet against the fighter who has yet to lose in the UFC. Anderson Silva will take care of business in this fight as he will earn a KO in round 3 of the fight to retain his UFC middleweight title.

The main event will not be the only major fight at UFC 148 as fans will see the end of an era in the UFC. Tito Ortiz is one of the last remaining members of the “old school” fighters who remember when the UFC was held in what resembled basements. He was one of the most popular fighters before the UFC blew up into what it is today. He is a member of this fraternity much like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and BJ Penn who remember the old days of the UFC. Ortiz was not always a hero though as he was vilified many times especially when he was kicked out of the UFC by President Dana White. Both White and Ortiz had a long-standing feud as Ortiz continued to fight White every step of the way to earn more money. Eventually the feud turned into a personal one and Ortiz was out of the fight promotion left to fend for himself in smaller companies. When Ortiz returned in 2009 he seemed to be a changed man as he began playing to the crowd rather than not caring. He even changed his nickname from “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” to “The People’s Champ” as he became a crowd favorite. This still did not help Ortiz in the octagon though as he has gone to a 1-4 record since returning as he seems to have slowed down since his peak in the UFC. Now with a title run out of the picture Tito Ortiz will go into the octagon for the last time in his career and this time it will be on his terms. He will take on a familiar foe in Forrest Griffin who beat Ortiz in 2009 when Ortiz made his first appearance in the UFC since being cut. Griffin is always a good for a great fight as he always comes forward and hopes that the fans are entertained. Ortiz will have some extra motivation as he tries to end his career on a high note and looks to avenge his split decision loss to Griffin in 2009. It will be a great fight and a great way for Ortiz to end his career as he hopes to go down as a fan favorite in his last fight in the UFC.

 

Fight Card:

Main Event:

Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Chael Sonnen [Middleweight Title] (PPV)

 

Main Card:

Forrest Griffin vs. Tito “The People’s Champ” Ortiz (PPV)

 

Cung Le vs. Patrick “The Predator” Cote (PPV)

 

Dong “Stun Gun” Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia (PPV)

 

Chad “Money” Medes vs. Cody McKenzie (PPV)

 

Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike “The Hulk” Easton (PPV)

 

Undercard:

Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard vs. Fabricio “Morango” Camoes (Sportsnet)

 

Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov (Sportsnet)

 

Constantinos “Costa” Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda (Sportsnet)

 

John “The Natural” Alessio vs. Shane Roller (Sportsnet)

 

Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira vs. Yoislandy “Cuba” Izquierdo (Facebook)

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