It was an interesting night, to say the least, at the MGM Grand Gardens Arena. After a slow start, UFC 148 launched into action at the start of the main card. Although the night was neither free from controversy nor calamity, it still managed to deliver some unforgettable moments.
It was the headlining bouts that truly delivered, as evident by the fact that three-quarters the night’s stars walked out of the cage with an extra $75K for their performances.
As if there were any doubt, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva earned the “Knockout of The Night” for the second stanza decimation of his rival, Chael Sonnen. While the first round seemed to appear as though history was set to repeat itself with Sonnen scoring a takedown in a mere 8 seconds, holding Anderson down for the duration of the round. After dropping the first frame, Silva came out blazing in the second. “The Spider” was able to stuff Sonnen’s takedowns, forcing his challenger to stand with him. While “The American Gangster” found some success against Silva in that realm the first time around, the champ would have none of it. Sonnen would attempt a spinning back elbow, which Silva was easily able to evade. It proved to be a fatal error as Sonnen would trip over Silva’s leg. Anderson would eventually go on to put the coffin nails in with a brutal knee to the sternum followed by ground strikes, brining the bout to an end at 1:55 of the second stanza.
Three fights, two “Fight of the Night” performances from Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin. It seemed defense was the last thing on the mind of either combatant as both men fought their hearts out with reckless abandon over 15 minutes. The original Ultimate Fighter would go on take a unanimous decision over Ortiz in his retirement bout. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” now leaves behind a prolific UFC career, but goes into the future 75k richer for his epic brawl with Griffin.