Anderson Silva heads into the main event of UFC 148 with the baddest of intentions, and that doesn’t bode well for his nemesis, the garrulous Chael Sonnen. So with that in mind, a victory via submission is out of the question as only a brutal KO will suffice for “The Spider” thus bringing a halt to the night’s proceedings and the “Uncle Chael” hype train.
Back at UFC 117, the reigning 185-pound titlist’s main and sole objective was to submit Sonnen by any means necessary (KOs not allowed), something which he successfully accomplished by way of triangle armbar in the dying minutes of the final frame.
Sonnen’s incessant verbal attacks on the Brazilian have been well-documented.
However, the self-proclaimed “American Gangster” upped the ante a notch and then some when he took a potshot a Dayane, Silva’s wife and mother of his progeny, as Silva alluded to in a recent UFC 148 media conference call, via Brian Oswald of Bleacher Report.
For the family insults especially, but also for his other transgressions, Sonnen, the Oregon native is in for the rudest of awakenings.
In that conference call, Silva put the MMA world on high alert when he outlined his plans for Sonnen’s decimation.
Albeit not privy to what the No. 1 pound-for-pound king actually has in store for his arch rival, expect one of two stratagems: He systematically breaks him down bit by bit and then executes the perfect coup de grâce; or he goes all out and wrecks shop from the outset.
That being said, a Chris Leben, Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin-type stoppage comes to mind. Or better yet, one for the highlight reel—Vitor Belfort and/or Tony Fryklund-esque knockout.
Still, whichever KO route Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) elects to take, you can rest assured it’ll be poetry in motion.
UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.