UFC 148: The most anticipated fight of the year

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will have the most anticipated rematch in UFC history on Saturday, July 7 in Las Vegas. Chael Sonnen will be taking on Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title. Sonnen, the only man to really challenge Silva’s reign as champion, has been talking more trash than a WWE wrestler. Now, the normally calm and ultra cool Silva has come out and stated publicly that he’s out for blood—literally. This is unprecedented for Silva, so expect to get an extra dose of fireworks this weekend when he faces Sonnen for the UFC middleweight title.

The co-main event features the rubber match between newly-elected Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and the original Ultimate Fighter, Forrest Griffin. This should be an exciting match and a great sendoff for the retiring Ortiz.

On the undercard, which will be free on FX, New Orleans native Melvin Guillard will be facing Brazilian Black Belt Fabricio Camoes.

Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

Anderson Silva – Curitiba, Brazil, 6-2, 185 pounds, 29-4-0, middleweight champion
Chael Sonnen – Milwaukie, Ore., 6-1, 185 pounds, 28-11-1

It’s hard to fathom anyone wanting to make Anderson Silva angry, but Chael Sonnen has succeeded. Silva took Sonnen’s trash talk with a grain of salt prior to their first match in UFC 117, but, this time, Sonnen has really gotten under his skin. Sonnen has insulted Silva, Silva’s family, country, managers and even his fighting ability. In an uncharacteristic move, Silva shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world with some trash talk of his own. Silva stated that he’s going to break Sonnen’s bones and teeth. He also said that Sonnen will need a plastic surgeon after the fight.

Dana White, the president of the UFC, was shocked when he heard Silva’s comments.

“I’ve promoted every Anderson Silva fight since he’s been in the UFC and I’ve never heard him talk even remotely close to this,” White said.

This is not some typical pre-fight hype. These two men don’t like each other and will be looking to prove something in the Octagon on Saturday night.

Silva by TKO (Strikes)

Forrest Griffin vs. Tito “The Huntington Beach Badboy” Ortiz

Forrest Griffin – Columbus, Ohio, 6-3, 205 pounds, 18-7-0, former light heavyweight champion
Tito Ortiz – Huntington Beach, Calif., 6-3, 205 pounds, 17-10-1, former five-time light heavyweight champion

This is said to be the last UFC fight for Tito Ortiz, a new inductee in the UFC Hall of Fame, before he retires. Ortiz headlined UFC 66 against Chuck Liddell, which was the first UFC event to break one million Pay-Per-View orders. He is also third on UFC’s list all-time titles defenses. Ortiz defended his lightweight title six times before being defeated.

Forrest Griffin is another pioneer that helped put MMA on the map. His legendary fight with Stephan Bonnar was arguably the greatest fight in MMA history and is credited for keeping the UFC out of insolvency. Griffin hasn’t discussed retirement from fighting, but it would not come as a shock if he decides to go in that direction.

Their first fight in UFC 59 was called the Fight of the Year. Hopefully, this will be a repeat of that performance.

Ortiz by Split Decision

Cung Le vs. Patrick “The Predator” Cote

Cung Le – Saigon, Vietnam, 5-10, 185 pounds, 7-2-0 Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion
Patrick Cote – Quebec, Canada, 5-11, 185 pounds, 18-7-0

Le by knockout

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia

Dong Hyun Kim – Suwon, South Korea, 6-1, 170 pounds, 15-1-1
Demian Maia – Sao Paulo, Brazil, 6-0, 170 pounds, 15-4-0

Maia by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Chad “Money” Mendez vs. Cody McKenzie

Chad Mendez – Hanford, Calif., 5-6, 145 pounds, 11-1-0
Cody McKenzie – Cordova, Alaska, 6-0, 145 pounds, 13-2-0

McKenzie by Submission (Guillotine)

Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike “The Hulk” Easton

Ivan Menjivar – La Paz, El Salvador, 5-6,135 pounds, 28-6-0
Mike Easton – Washington D.C., 5-6, 135 pounds, 12-1-
0

Easton by Unanimous Decision

Undercard: Live on FX

Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov

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

Constantinos “Costa” Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda

John “The Natural” Alessio vs. Shane Roller

Live on facebook.com/ufc

Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira vs. Yoislandy “Cuba” Izquierdo