The biggest main event ever is finally upon us. Chael Sonnen will take on the Champion, Anderson Silva, for the middleweight belt. After months of trash talking and threats we can finally find out whether or not the first fight was a fluke.
Also on the card is the final chapter to the Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin trilogy. The two fighters have split the first two fights in what were both considered very close and controversial decisions. Ortiz will retire after the fight and is looking to end his career with a win. He is the longest reigning light heavyweight champion in UFC history and it would be fitting for him to go out with a win.
Patrick Cote will take on Cung Le in a middleweight bout. Cote is back in the UFC for the first time since being cut after three straight losses. Le is looking for his first career UFC win. He was unsuccessful in his debut against Wanderlei Silva and a loss here could end up with Le getting the pink slip. Don’t expect this fight to go to a decision.
Former middleweight challenger Demian Maia will make his welterweight debut against Dong Hyun Kim in a fight where both fighters need a win. Maia lost to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox 2 and Kim recently defeated Sean Pierson after a knockout loss to Carlos Condit.
The other fight to watch for is on the undercard on FX where Melvin Guillard will take on Fabricio Camoes. Guillard is the most explosive fighter in the lightweight division and guarantees fireworks each time he comes out. After two straight losses he’s going to want a big win to get back in the hunt, Camoes will need to watch out.
UFC 148 fills out as such:
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo
Prelims on FX:
John Alessio vs. Shane Roller
Constantinos Phillippou vs. Riki Fukuda
Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes
Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton
Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia
Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote
Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen (UFC Middleweight Title Fight)