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UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II Predictions

Here is another addition of MMA predictions featuring UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II,  which is being held on the 7 July, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA. The headlining bout is the biggest and most anticipated rematch in UFC history between the top two Middleweights in the world, current UFC Middleweight Champion and Pound for Pound kingpin Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva and #1 contender and former title contender Chael Sonnen.

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Predictions

Ivan Menjivar(24–8) vs Mike Easton(12-1)

A Bantamweight match-up between two prospects in the division, each looking to grab a shot at the Interim belt if Cruz is still out due to injury, Ivan Menjivar and Mike Easton. Menjivar is coming into this fight off of a come from behind victory over TUF 14 vet John Albert at UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger, where he was rocked early in the fight then pulled off a Submission of the Night victory late in the first round. Easton is entering this fight after a strong performance against Jared Papazian at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller that was a back and forth stand up fight which he won by majority decision. Menjivar is a real veteran of the sport fighting many of the top UFC competition over the years e.g. GSP, Matt Serra, Joe Lauzon & Urijah Faber and will look to use his experience against his opponent.  Easton will look to use his speed and power to constantly put Menjivar under pressure throughout the fight and displaying octagon control to win a decision. Menjivar would like to use his size to over power the smaller fighter and use effective take downs and ground control to win the fight. I feel like with Easton being a black belt in Jiu Jitsu and having a good chin will  help him neutralize Menjivar’s game and Easton will be able to ride out another decision victory over a tough opponent in Menjivar.

My Winner: Mike Easton, Decision – Round 3. 

Chad Mendes(11–1) vs Cody McKenzie(13–2)

A Featherweight bout between a former #1 contender Chad Mendes and a guillotine specialist Cody McKenzie. Chad Mendes is entering this fight after his first professional loss and Championship bout against Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at UFC 142 via KO. McKenzie is making his Featherweight debut and is coming off of an impressive submission victory over a highly touted wrestler Marcus LeVesseur at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. It’s no secret what Mendes needs to do to win this fight and risk and a major upset loss to the new Featherweight entry McKenzie. Mendes will need to avoid the guillotine at all costs as it really is McKenzie’s only real threat as he’s only every won a fight by using his trademark modified guillotine. McKenzie will look to grab a hold of Mendes and work for his famous choke throughout the whole fight. I feel Mendes just has so much more skills and ways to win this fight as long as he uses defensive and no offensive wrestling to avoid the ground game at all costs and not even give McKenzie a chance of applying that guillotine choke.

My Winner: Chad Mendes, TKO – Round 2. 

Dong Hyun Kim(15–1–1 (1)) vs Demian Maia(15–4)

A Welterweight match up between Judo practitioner Dong Hyum Kim and BJJ specialist Demian Maia. Kim is entering this fight after a dominant decision victory over Sean Pierson at UFC 141. Maia is coming into this fight after a disappointing loss to fast rising prospect Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis. This one is a hard one to pick with it really depends on what Maia shows up in his Welterweight debut. Will the Maia of old turn up and try to get a takedown or even pull guard and use his amazing BBJ skills to submit his opponent or will the stand up Maia turn up looking to strike and outpoint Kim on the feet. Kim has an advantage on the feet and could use his strong Judo base to either control the top game if the ground does go to the mat or use it to stop the takedown and control the clinch. I feel like Maia is just to good in the submission department and is one of the top five BJJ prationeers to transfer over to MMA and will beat Dong Hyun Kim by submission when the fight hits the mat.

My Winner: Demian Maia, Decision – Round 3. 

Cung Le(7–2) vs Patrick Côté(17–7)

A Middleweight fight between San Shou striker Cung Le and MMA veteran Patrick Côté. Cung Le is coming into this fight after a loss to Wanderlei Silva in which after a strong first round gassed and lost via TKO late in the second round at UFC 139 in his UFC debut. Côté is making his return fight to the UFC after being released in 2010 and going 4-0 while fighting in regional shows since his departure, which earned him a ticket back. Le will look to use his underrated wrestling to keep this fight standing and look to use his fancy kicks to finish Côté. Côté will look to use his trademark chin to withstand the striking of Le and look for a late storm when Le starts to fade in the later rounds. Le’s game plan this time around maybe to be more conservative unlike his fight against Wanderlei and look to keep pressuring and throw only accurate kicks to keep his energy and could even use his wrestling to mix up his attack and catch Côté off guard. I got Côté taking this fight by using is iron chin to withstand Le’s early attack then using his large amount of UFC and MMA experience to slowly turn the tide on Le at the beginning of the second round and earning a TKO victory.

My Winner: Patrick Côté, TKO – Round 2. 

Forrest Griffin(18–7) vs Tito Ortiz(16–10-1)

A Light Heavyweight rubber match between two legendary former UFC Champions, Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz. Griffin is coming into this fight after a first round KO loss to Maurício Rua at UFC 134 in Brazil. Ortiz is entering this fight also after a first round TKO loss to Antônio Rogério Nogueira at UFC 140. With both fighters in the twilight of their MMA careers and Ortiz actually retiring after this rubber match against Griffin, will look for a big win to solidify their legacy. They both have a split decision over each other and look to settle the score in a potential Fight of the Night bout. Griffin will look to keep the fight standing and use his striking to hurt Tito and I have a feeling will use body kicks to weaken Ortiz; Ortiz has lost two fights in a row from body shots. Ortiz will mix up his attack with striking to set up the take down and look to damage Griffin while in his guard with ground and pound in vintage Ortiz style. I have Griffin picking up the victory via TKO with body shots, it seem Ortiz has shown a huge problem recently with taking body shots and it maybe his Achilles heel tonight aswell.

My Winner: Forrest Griffin, TKO – Round 3. 

Anderson Silva(31–4) vs Chael Sonnen(27–11–1)

The long-awaited Middleweight title fight between arguably the best MMA fighter ever and current Champion Anderson Silva and #2 ranked Middleweight in the world Chael Sonnen. Silva is entering this fight after destroying Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in Brazil nearly over a year ago. Sonnen is coming into this fight off of a close decision victory over Brit Micheal Bisping at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis. Everyone knows the history between these two elite fighters and how Sonnen has actually got underneath Silva’s skin this time around after the media conference call earlier this week! A huge question that needs to be answered coming up to this fight is could affect the outcome of this fight is will Anderson’s emotion enhance him or cost him? Anderson has always had this feeling of always being calm and somewhat like Fedor expressionless going into a fight but this time the 2 years of insults and  personal attacks by Sonnen seemed to have affected his attitude approaching the fight. Sonnen will obviously try to emulate their past fight back in 2010 and look to use his wrestling and great top control to grind out Silva and punish him from within his guard on route to a decision victory. Silva in the back of his mind after surviving and winning their previous match must have been working extensively on his takedown defense and working off of his back over the past 2 years for this impending rematch. Silva will look to use his pin point accurate striking and speed to get in and out of Sonnen’s range and keep distance so he get intercept incoming takedowns. This is another hard one to pick just because of taking the first fight into account and how dominate Sonnen was for 4 and a half rounds. I’ve got Sonnen taking this one by grinding out a frustrated Silva for an unanimous decision victory and being crowned the new UFC Middleweight champion.

My Winner: Chael Sonnen, Decision – Round 5. 

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Preliminary Fights – Predicted winners in bold & red.

Gleison Tibau vs Khabib Nurmagomedov – SUB, R2

Melvin Guillard vs Fabrício Camões – KO, R1

Constantinos Philippou vs Riki Fukuda – DEC, R3

John Alessio vs Shane Roller – DEC, R3

Rafaello Oliveira vs Yoislandy Izquierdo – KO, R2

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