UFC 148 Fight Card: Rundown of Saturday Night's Three Most Exciting Fights

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 7, 2012

TUALATIN, OR - JUNE 26:  (Editor's Note: This images was converted to black and white.) Chael Sonnen rests after a workout at the Team Quest gym on June 26, 2012 in Tualatin, Oregon.  Sonnen will fight Anderson Silva July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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There will be no shortage of carnage on Saturday at UFC 148, you can be sure of that.

The fight card is chock full of intriguing matchups, but there are a few that will be more exciting than others.

Missing any of the fights would be foolish, but if you miss any of these next three, you should hang your head in shame.

Here are the three fights that are shaping up to be the most exciting of UFC 148. 


Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

No surprise that this fight made this list. As the main fight of the night, you couldn't have found a better story line leading up to Saturday's rematch.

These two guys absolutely hate each other, and neither is afraid to let the other know it.

Sonnen recently made the following comments, per Gant Daily:

"You tell Anderson Silva I’m coming over and I’m kicking down his back door and patting his little lady on the (butt), and I’m telling her to make me a steak, medium-rare, just how I like it."

Silva fired back with this (per prosportsblogging.com):

"What I’m going to do inside the Octagon is something that’s going to change the image of the sport. I’m going to beat his [butt] like he’s never been beaten before. I’m going to make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broke, his legs are broke. He’s not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself, I’m going to guarantee that."

If that doesn't get you fired up, check your pulse.


Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin

It almost comes as a shock that the career paths of Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin have intertwined so perfectly as to allow the two fighters to fight against each other for the third time.

Ortiz has lost five of his last six fights and will be heading in the complete wrong direction if he loses to Griffin (if he isn't firmly pointed in the wrong direction already).

Griffin has lost three of his last five, but was able to score a split-decision victor over Ortiz in their 2009 matchup. 

The loser of this fight could be staring retirement dead in the face.


Cung Le vs Patrick Cote

Patrick Cote hasn't won in the UFC since scoring a spilt decision win over Ricardo Alemeida on July 5, 2008 in UFC 86.

Cung Le lost his only UFC fight against Wanderlei Silva in November of 2009. The 40-year-old must know that he's running out of time to grab his first UFC win.

Le holds the advantage in terms of striking, thanks to his undefeated background in kickboxing. He is also a former AAU national champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, which bodes well for his grappling skills.

The Vietnamese striker should be able to pummel Cote in this one. Don't be surprised if he winds up knocking "The Predator" out before the final bell.