July 7, 2012 quite possibly the biggest fight in UFC history is taking place, Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II, but that’s not all. This isn’t a card like UFC 145 where we had a huge main event preceded by an average card this card is stacked from top to bottom. In fact Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch were removed from the card because the UFC wants that fight to get more publicity.
The co-main event is Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber III. I can argue that this is the biggest event since UFC 100. Cruz-Faber is a huge rivalry and neither like each other. The series is 1-1, but the first bout took place back when the WEC was still around. We also received some great names on this card besides two title fights. The rest of the main card fills out with Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, Cung Le, Rich Franklin, Demian Maia and Dong Hyun Kim.
Melvin Guillard is the first fight on the prelims and at one point he was only a fight away from a title shot. Also, Renan Barao, possibly the best fighter without a title, is the last fight before the main card.
After the month layoff we had from March to April I can’t think of another way for the UFC to repay us fans. We have UFC vets, big names, two title fights and top contenders. What more could be asked from a card?
This card became even stronger when the UFC had to move Sonnen-Silva from Brazil because it gave us a card with two title fights and great names. UFC 148 is definitely a card that everyone is going to need to show up to early for. It will be like a Jon Jones or Brock Lesnar title fight when bars filled up two hours before the main card started and it was basically standing room only for most of the fights.