UFC 148: Is This the Most Anticipated Event in UFC History?

Nedu ObiAnalyst IIJune 21, 2012

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In less than three weeks time all roads will lead to the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada, where UFC 148—the most eagerly awaited event since the UFC’s inception—will take place.

In the past, certain events staged by the Zuffa-based promotion have grabbed the fans imagination to no end—UFC 47: Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz; UFC 40: Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock and UFC 94: Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn ll to name a few—but none more so than the aforementioned affair, which has Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen ll as its main attraction.

Due to Sonnen’s none stop shenanigans, but more importantly his incessant rhetoric, said bout, is enough per se, to sell this event as the most anticipated in UFC history. Furthermore, it’s guaranteed to whet the appetite of even the least savant of the MMA contingent.

Apropos expectation, it’s safe to say its boxing version of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. The difference being, barring any unforeseen circumstances, Silva vs. Sonnen grudge match of the ages is going down.

Moreover, “The People’s Champ,” formerly known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” and erstwhile 205-pound titlist makes his curtain call when he takes on another former light heavyweight champion in the guise of Forrest Griffin.

Prior to the event, Ortiz, the only man in the history of the aforesaid division to successfully defend the belt a record five times, is set to be inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame.

Also featured on the bill is Demian Maia who makes his welterweight debut against the South Korean “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim, following an unsuccessful stint at 185 pounds. The gauge is on as to whether the Jiu-Jitsu wizard will fare better in this weight class.

Fighter come-actor Cung Le and former feather weight title contender Chad Mendez are on a resurgence mission following respective shellackings at the hands of Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva and current 145-pound champ Jose “Scarface” Aldo.

In addition, the rest of the card looks tasty as well, so expect a bagarre (fight) from all quarters.

At the end of the night’s proceedings, the moniker attached to UFC 148 as the most anticipated event in its history will be meritorious in every sense of the word.

UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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