Saturday evening was a good time to pop your corn, as UFC 148 unfolded from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a card fans had been looking forward to since 2010 when UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva nearly fell by decision to Chael Sonnen. Last night’s lineup was capped off by a rematch between the two heated rivals and also came with the added bonus of Tito Ortiz taking to the Octagon one final time before calling it a career.
Fans of Silva nearly saw a repeat of the initial encounter when Sonnen put “The Spider” on his back ten seconds into the first frame of action, then pounded on him for the ensuing 4:50 until the round ended. Things nearly looked to be headed the same route in the second stanza but Silva was able to stuff Sonnen’s takedowns and duck under a strike sending Sonnen down to the mat as a result of momentum. Silva quickly took advantage of the position and landed a stiff knee to Sonnen’s sternum, following up quickly with some punches against the cage once Sonnen stood up that put the outspoken grappler back down for the final sequence of strikes to earn the TKO stoppage.
Ortiz, who was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame earlier today, faced Forrest Griffin in a rubber match of their series featuring each man winning a Split Decision. The bout went back-and-forth with each man landing some solid shots and Ortiz even dropping Griffin on a pair of occasions. However, in the end Griffin’s strikes landed more consistently and were enough to earn him the decision nod.
A full list of UFC 148 winners/losers can be found below:
Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via Unanimous Decision
Shane Roller def. John Alessio via Unanimous Decision
Constantinos Philppou def. Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau via Unanimous Decision
Melvin Guillard def. Fabricio Camoes via Unanimous Decision
Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar via Unanimous Decision
Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO Round 1 (Injury)
Cung Le def. Patrick Cote via Unanimous Decision
Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz via Unanimous Decision
Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)