UFC 148 was the most successful live event in UFC history. Though the Pay-Per-View numbers for the second meeting of “The Spider” Anderson Silva (32-4) and Chael Sonnen (27-12-1) have yet to be released, the live gate was over 6.5 million dollars, eclipsing the previous UFC record of 5.3 million and setting a record for MMA in the state of Nevada. ”The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (16-11-1) went out with a “Fight of the Night” earning bang but saw his retirement party crashed by Forrest Griffin (19-7) in a narrow decision loss. Cung Le (8-2) defeated “The Predator” Patrick Cote (17-8) in his first UFC victory. Demian Maia (16-4) was the beneficiary of “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim’s (15-2-1) bad luck when the Korean Judoka’s self-inflicted rib injury brought an early halt to the match. “AK Kid” Cody McKenzie (13-3) found out the hard way that a move to 145 wasn’t going to make his life any easier when “Money” Chad Mendes (12-1) finished him in just 31 seconds. Opening the card, “The Hulk” Mike Easton (13-1) came out on top against “The Pride of El Salvator” Ivan Menjivar (24-9). The UFC and its fans were the clear winners of the night, but the fighters themselves may not have fared so well. To explore this is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View)—
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen: Silva via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 1:55
Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz: Griffin via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote: Le via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia: Maia via TKO (Rib Injury), Round 1, 0:47
Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie: Mendes via TKO (Body Punch), Round 1, 0:31
Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton: Easton via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Tonight the UFC is back in action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a star-studded card that features one of the most highly anticipated rematches in MMA history. As made even more evident by the reported 10,000+ in attendance for Friday night’s UFC 148 weigh-ins, Zuffa can certainly look forward to having some of their highest Pay-Per-View numbers to date with a card headlined by current UFC Middleweight Champion and arguably one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the Octagon, “The Spider” Anderson Silva (31-4), and polarizing figure Chael Sonnen (27-11), who is looking to score revenge for the loss he suffered the last time he and the champ met nearly two years ago. But that’s not the only great rematch on the PPV portion of UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II, as fans will also get to see the long awaited rubber match between former light heavyweight champions Forrest Griffin (18-7) and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (16-10). Win, lose, or draw, Ortiz plans on hanging up his gloves and flamed shorts and walking off into the sunset. Shoring up the main card are the likes of former Strikeforce champ Cung Le (7-2), returning UFC veteran “The Predator” Patrick Cote (17-7), JMMA star “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (15-1-1) and BJJ expert Demian Maia (15-4), WEC veteran “Money” Chad Mendes (11-1) and TUF alum “AK Kid” Cody McKenzie (13-2), and Tristar Gym fighter “Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (24-8) and “The Hulk” Mike Easton (12-1) in the opening slot. The UFC is also supplying tremendous action in the undercard match-ups, with perhaps the most promising contender for becoming a main card mainstay being “The Eagle” Khabib Nurmagomedov (17-0).
The phrase “most anticipated fight of the year” is thrown around very liberally in the landscape of mixed martial arts, and has long since become overstated in respect to both frequency and descriptiveness. Saturday night’s UFC 148, however, boasts a match-up that truly is the most anticipated fight of the year, if not of the past two years since the headlining combatants first met in August 2010. In just over 24 hours, one of the biggest scores in recent MMA history will be settled when long-reigning UFC Middleweight Champion “The Spider” Anderson Silva (31-4) comes face to face with boisterous, professional wrestling-esque smack talker Chael Sonnen (27-11-1), who in their first meeting came all too close to handing Silva his first loss in over four years before being submitted late in the fifth round. Directly supporting the ultimate grudge match of a main event is a rubber match between former champions and staples of the UFC, Forrest Griffin (18-7) and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (16-10-1). Revered 185lbs. striker Cung Le (7-2) welcomes fellow heavy-hitter “The Predator” Patrick Cote (17-7) back to the Octagon after a two-year-long UFC hiatus. Welterweights “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (15-1-1) and Demian Maia (15-4) will compete in what is sure to be a battle on the mat. Former top 145lbs. contender “Money” Chad Mendes (11-1) will square off with TUF alum “AK Kid” Cody McKenzie (13-2), preceded by a bantamweight affair between “The Hulk” Mike Easton (12-1) and “The Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (24-8). The winners and losers of UFC 148 have yet to be determined, but here are the MMA Gospel staff’s picks of who is likely to come out on top.
Hot days and long summer nights could not have gotten any livelier as UFC 148 comes live and direct from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Saturday night’s Pay-Per-View card kicks off with bantamweight action as “The Hulk” Mike Easton (12-1) squares off against Ivan Menjivar (24-8). “Money” Chad Mendes (11-1) returns to action when he meets Cody McKenzie (13-2) in the featherweight division. In a guaranteed spectacle, Cung Le (7-2) will look to get his first win in the organization when he welcomes back a fellow knockout artist in “The Predator” Patrick Cote (17-7). Former light heavyweight champions meet in the co-main event as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (16-10-1) graces the Octagon one last time against rival Forrest Griffin (18-7) with each man looking to come out on top of this rubber match. The main event is a rematch of 2010’s “Fight of the Year” as Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) and champion “The Spider” Anderson Silva (31-4) meet once again with the belt on the line. Among all the action though, welterweight grapplers will engage as Judoka “Stun Gun” (15-1-1) Dong Hyun Kim meets Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Demian Maia (15-4). Each man saw the road to gold once before and if they wish to travel that road again, they have to make their stand here and now on one of the biggest cards of the year.
The moment of truth for UFC Middleweight Champion “The Spider” Anderson Silva (31-4) and his arch nemesis Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) will arrive when they step under the bright lights of the MGM Grand Garden Arena at UFC 148. Forrest Griffin (18-7) and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (16-10-1) will meet in the co-main event for a career defining fight of their own as the former champ and the original Ultimate Fighter meet in their twilight. Cung Le (7-2) will anchor the card against Canadian striker “The Predator” Patrick Cote (17-7) in what has a “loser leaves town match” feel to it, and “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (15-1-1) will welcome Demian Maia (15-4) to the welterweight division. After “The Hulk” Mike Easton (12-1) and “The Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (24-8) meet to open the card, fans find what was until recently a preliminary affair between TUF stand-out “AK Kid” Cody McKenzie (13-2) and “Money” Chad Mendes (11-1) of the Team Alpha Male camp.
The UFC returns to its home turf in Las Vegas, Nevada for the promotion’s annual Independence Day card this Saturday with UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II. This time, the card is as big as ever with UFC Middleweight Champion and P4P kingpin “The Spider” Anderson Silva (31-4) facing the man who thrashed him for four-and-a-half rounds nearly two years ago, Chael Sonnen (27-11-1). The MGM Grand Garden Arena will also host a rematch between the first Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin (18-7) and long time UFC poster boy “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (16-10-1). Strikeforce stand-out and kickboxing world champion Cung Le (7-2) will make his sophomore UFC effort against “The Predator” Patrick Cote (17-7) and Demian Maia (15-4) will make his move to welterweight to face ‘Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (15-1-1), preceded by a featherweight tilt between “Money” Chad Mendes (11-1) and “AK Kid” Cody McKenzie (13-2). Opening the main card is a bantamweight affair between “The Hulk” Mike Easton (12-1) and “The Pride of El Salvador” Ivan Menjivar (24-8).
—MAIN CARD (on Fuel TV)—
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier: Jung via Technical Submission (D’Arce Choke), Round 4, 1:07
Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez: Sadollah via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens: Cerrone via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Yves Jabouin vs. Jeff Hougland: Jabouin via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Igor Pokrajac vs. Fabio Maldonado: Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Jason MacDonald vs. Tom Lawlor: Lawlor via KO (Punches), Round 1, 0:50
UFC on Fuel TV: Zombie vs. Poirier is set to take place Tuesday night with a card that looks to bring a lot of exciting free fights to the masses yet again. Headlining the third installment of mixed martial arts action on Fuel TV courtesy of the UFC is a featherweight match-up between “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (12-3) and “The Diamond” Dustin Poirier (12-1). Rounding out the main card are the likes of TUF alum Amir Sadollah (5-3), Tachi Palace Fights vet “Lil’ Monster” Jorge Lopez (11-2), lightweight mainstay and multiple-time fight bonus winner “Lil’ Heathen” Jeremy Stephens (20-7), Muay Thai aficionado “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (17-4), 145lbs. submission artist “Hellbound” Jeff Hougland (10-4), heavy-handed Croatian “The Duke” Igor Pokrajac (24-8), Team Nogueira fighter Fabio Maldonado (18-4), seasoned veteran “The Athlete” Jason MacDonald (25-15), and middleweight jokester “Filthy” Tom Lawlor (7-4). While there certainly will be plenty of entertainment afforded by the main card on Fuel TV, the prelims streamed on Facebook certainly should not be overlooked, as once again they are chock full of young hungry fighters ready to showcase their skills on the big stage.
—MAIN CARD (on Fuel TV)—
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung: 145lbs.
Dustin Poirier: 145lbs.
Amir Sadollah: 171lbs.
Jorge Lopez: 171lbs.
Donald Cerrone: 155lbs.
Jeremy Stephens: 155lbs.
Yves Jabouin: 135lbs.
Jeff Hougland: 135lbs.
Igor Pokrajac: 205lbs.
Fabio Maldonado: 205lbs.
Jason MacDonald: 185lbs.
Tom Lawlor: 186lbs.
—MAIN CARD (on Spike TV)—
Jake Shields vs. Jake Ellenberger: Ellenberger via TKO (Knees and Punches), Round 1, 0:53
Court McGee vs. Dongi Yang: McGee via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-28), Round 3, 5:00
Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch: Koch via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Alan Belcher vs. Jason MacDonald: Belcher via Verbal Submission (Strikes), Round 1, 3:48
Hello, Icemigos. How was your blah, blah, blah? Yeah and how’s that thing that you do going? Really? That’s interesting. You know how I feel about that. I mean it should go without saying, right?
So with the niceties out of the way let’s get right to the awards! What awards? The first ever SBoI Awards for the week of MMA fights that I saw! “The Iceys®” as they’re called – as of now.
I’ll tell ya what, Icemigos… So far, I’m not feeling this season of The Ultimate Fighter. I mean, I’ll keep watching it but how I miss people getting KOS’d. Plunger fights. A Male Nurse. Jean-Charles: The French kickboxing badass who liked to get drunk before sparring. Cody McKenzie and his “McKenzietine”. Those were the days! When the most entertaining thing that happens is Ramsey Nijem whipping his junk around and Brock Lesnar saying “chickenshit” again, you start to curse fate for not letting Chael Sonnen be one of the coaches this season. Seriously, Dana, you owe us one. Next season better have Chael and Michael Bisping as the coaches. Or “Mayhem” Miller and Nick Diaz. Here’s what I’ve learned thus far from this season of TUF: