UFC 148 Silva Vs. Sonnen II: Wrestling Observer Staff Preview and Picks



UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II


Compiled by Josh Nason

It's the biggest UFC event of the year, the biggest fight of the year and the Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Convention is in full swing! It's truly Christmas in July.

To date:


- Dave Meltzer (53-25): Wrestling Observer founder & writer
- Todd Martin (46-32): Weekly FFD guest & RAW recapper | LA Times | Sherdog
- Mike Sempervive (45-33): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare
- Oliver Copp (55-23) & Mike Sawyer (50-28) of Tough Talk
- Josh Nason (48-30):
FFD guest | FIGHT! Magazine | Bloody Elbow

Somewhere drunk in Vegas, Bryan Alvarez (15-9) submitted picks super late. If you see him, please boo this man after you thank him.

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Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II


Do you need to know any more about this fight?

Silva: Martin, Sempervive, Sawyer, Nason, Meltzer, Alvarez
Sonnen:
Copp

Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin III


Nearly a year after "Shogun" Rua took him apart in Brazil, Griffin (18-7) returns amidst the usual amount of mystery about where he's at in his career. It's been more than two years since he fought Ortiz (16-10-1), a loser in six of his last eight. However, it's his last fight, so anything is possible.

Ortiz: Copp, Sawyer
Griffin:
Martin, Sempervive, Nason, Meltzer, Alvarez

Cung Le (7-2) vs. Patrick Cote (17-7)


The 40-year-old Le was defeated by Wanderlei Silva in his UFC debut and with acting always in the conversation, this could be his last fight. He draws Cote, returning to the UFC after nearly two years in regional exile. The Canadian has won four in a row after losing three in a row, marking his exit from the UFC.

Le:
Sempervive, Sawyer
Cote:
Martin, Copp, Nason, Meltzer, Alvarez

Demian Maia (15-4) vs. "Stun Gun" Kim (15-1-1-1)

Making his welterweight debut, the question for Maia is whether he'll try to stand with Kim or return to what brought him to the dance: BJJ. He's gone the distance in seven straight, win or lose. Kim returned to the winner's circle with a December decision win but he also goes to a lot of decisions.

Maia: Martin, Meltzer
Kim:
Copp, Sempervive, Sawyer, Nason, Alvarez

Chad Mendes (11-1) vs. Cody McKenzie (13-2)


After surging to an undefeated record and a shot at the 145-pound title, "Money" crashed down to Earth in January with a memorable first round loss to Jose Aldo. He's not much of a finisher (seven have gone the distance), but McKenzie is.

Making his featherweight debut, his game is simple: submit or be submitted via guillotine choke. All but one of his 15 career fights have ended via choke one way or another.

Mendes: Martin, Copp, Sempervive, Sawyer, Nason, Meltzer
McKenzie
: Alvarez

So if you're looking for the best play-for-play coverage on the 'net, check out Dave Meltzer's live coverage from Las Vegas, NV, starting Saturday afternoon with the prelims.