The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the MGM Grand for one of the biggest events of 2012; UFC 148: Silva Vs Sonnen II. The inevitable rematch between the consensus pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva, and the brash trash talking Chael Sonnen will finally come to fruition on July 7th. The psychological mind games of Sonnen seem to have finally paid dividends as Silva went off during a pre-fight phone conference and talked more trash in one call then his whole entire career. Whether it was genuine anger or the UFC’s attempt to market the fight is left to be seen. In any case, only one man will leave the octagon the middleweight champion on fight night.
The stakes could not be higher in this fight as the bout will arguably determine both men’s legacy in the sport. If Sonnen wins, he may go down as the biggest shit-talker to ever back up his trash and become champion by defeating the most feared mixed martial artist on the planet. If Silva wins, he defeats the man who many believe likely would have won if not for a hail-mary triangle choke. A win for Silva in this context validates his fighting career and assures that even if future fights are lost, his place as the greatest will still be secured.
The co-main event features a rubber match between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin. The two former light heavyweight champions and former faces of the UFC will square off for the third time to solidify whose legacy will be remembered more fondly in the history books. Ortiz will be getting inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at the Fan Expo on July 7th and there is no doubt that he would love nothing more than to end his career with a win over Griffin. On the other hand, the always game Forrest Griffin will look to play the role of spoiler and secure the trilogy fight as another one of his fistic accolades.
Patrick “The Predator”Cotereturns to the octagon to take on San Shou expert and B-level movie star, Cung Le, in an interesting middleweight battle. It remains to be seen if Le’s flashy style and spinning kicks can be as effective as they appear on television. WhileCoteis not flashy in the least bit, one good bomb and Le could go to sleep. The latter has already shown his susceptibility of getting finished once he loses steam in the later rounds.
Demian Maia hopes his drop down to the welterweight division will help him reignite his career and begin another title run. UFC matchmakers have definitely not made it an easy task by throwing the BJJ specialist into the octagon with Dong “Stun Gun” Hun Kim. During his title run Maia was one of the most feared jiu-jitsu specialists in the game. However, many pundits have begun to question whether Maia has gotten away from his jiu-jitsu-centeric approach, which is obviously his most effective weapon, in his attempt to become a well rounded martial artist. Will his all-around improvements be enough to dismantle the “Stun Gun.”?
In other action, crafty veteran Ivan Menjivar will take on Mike Easton to see who continues to climb up the bantamweight ladder. “The Pride of El Salvador” has rejuvenated his career and has put together three solid wins in the octagon coming into this fight. On the other hand, “The Hulk” boasts an impressive record of 12-1, even though most of his wins have come against lesser competition. Both men will be looking to string together substantial win streaks and enter the upper echelons of the division.
Rounding out the UFC 148 main card will be a featherweight bout betweenChad“Money” Mendes and Cody Mckenzie. Mckenzie is coming of a submission victory and Mendes is on the rebound after losing via knockout in his first championship bout appearance. While Mendes could not put his “Money” where his mouth was against Jose Aldo, he is looking to bounce back and prove himself in this fight.
The live preliminaries on FX will be highlighted by a couple of high octane fights that are sure to prompt many fans to order the UFC 148 PPV and extend their mixed martial arts viewing for the evening. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov will look to improve upon his impressive submission over Kamal Shalorous by using Gleison Tibau as a spring board to elite status in the crowded lightweight division. In another lightweight tilt, hard-hitting Melvin Guillard looks to get back on track in his fight with Fabricio Camoes. Other fights on the card include a middleweight fight between Riki Fukuda and Constantinos Philippou, a lightweight scrap between Rafaello Oliveira and Yoislandy Izquierdo, and a welterweight bout between John Alessio and Shane Roller.
Will Chael Sonnen get entangled in “The Spider’s” web once again, or will the “American Gangster” finally achieve validation and prove that he can back up his unyielding verbal assault with a decisive physical one. Can Tito Ortiz achieve his movie script victory on the night of his Hall of Fame induction? Does Cung Le have what it takes to put together a flashy and effective game plan without gassing in the later rounds? Stay tuned on July 7th and make sure you check out all of the predictions here at Kamikazeoverdrive.net.
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