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Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen Makes UFC 148 the Most Stacked Card in History

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13:  UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva speaks to a crowd prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2011 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterApril 24, 2012

You have any plans on or around July 7 this year?

No? Then you should probably plan on heading to Las Vegas.

Go ahead and get your flight now, because in a few weeks the Fourth of July holiday time frame will send air prices skyrocketing. Tickets are already $600 from Houston to Las Vegas; that's roughly six times the average price for a plane ticket more than two months out.

Yes, it'll take a bit of planning on your part. But you'll want to be there. Trust me. Why?

Because the addition of the new main event—between old rivals Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen—makes UFC 148 the most stacked card in UFC history.

This is no joke. Take a look at the pay-per-view card and then tell me I'm wrong. You can't do it.

  • Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen (UFC middleweight title)
  • Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber (UFC bantamweight title)
  • Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
  • Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin
  • Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch

For comparison's sake, here's the card for UFC 100:

  • Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir
  • Georges St-Pierre vs. Thiago Alves
  • Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping
  • Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher
  • Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago

There's really no comparison, after all. UFC 100 had three big fights, each featuring two big-name competitors. UFC 148, as currently scheduled, has five fights with a total of nine big-name fighters. And Tim Boetsch isn't the biggest name in the business, but he's on a roll in the middleweight division and deserves his bout with Bisping.

Granted, injuries and illnesses could wreck this card like they have so many others over the past two years. I've learned that no fight is set in stone until it happens. But right now, as things are currently planned, there can be no question that UFC 148 is the biggest, most-stacked event in UFC history.

I'll be there. Will you?

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