UFC 148 Fight Card: Chael Sonnen and Over-Hyped Fighters Who Will Disappoint

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Host and mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Saturday's UFC 148 card will be a star-studded affair to say the least, and while some of those stars will come out on top and receive all the accolades, others will inevitably falter.

All of the fighters on the main card have great track records that have made them fan favorites over the years, but on most occasions, there have to be winners and a losers.

Every fighter seems to think that they are going to win heading into UFC 148, but that ultimately can't be the case. There are very high expectations for every competitor, and while it is warranted for some of them, other fighters are living off past reputations and will come crashing back down to Earth on Saturday.

Here are three over-hyped fighters who will disappoint this weekend and fail to live up to the lofty expectations bestowed upon them.


Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen is probably the best trash-talker in UFC, but that won't help him beat Anderson Silva in the Octagon.

He has vowed to win the UFC Middleweight Championship on Saturday, but he faces an incredibly tough test. Silva beat Sonnen back at UFC 117 with a triangle armbar in the fifth round of a hard-fought bout.

Sonnen proved to be a tough test for Silva as he wouldn't go quietly, but Silva still has a big advantage heading into Saturday's fight.

While Sonnen has picked up a couple solid wins in a row and has been victorious in five of his past six fights, Silva holds the momentum edge, as well. Silva has a career record of 31-4 and has now won 15 fights in a row, with his last loss coming in 2006.

The 37-year-old hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, and he will silence the boisterous Sonnen at UFC 148.


Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz was once considered one of UFC's top fighters, but he has fallen on hard times in recent years.

To Ortiz's credit, he continues to take on the company's top stars, but he has done so with little success.

In fact, Ortiz has won just one of his past eight fights since 2006.

One of those losses came at the hands of Forrest Griffin, against whom Ortiz will receive another shot on Saturday night.

Ortiz is a former UFC light-heavyweight champion, but he continues to live off of that reputation without doing anything to bolster it. Ortiz is always going to be a draw to some degree thanks to his past successes, but he is nothing like the fighter he used to be.

Griffin has declined as he has aged, too, but he is still competitive and capable of beating high-caliber fighters.

Ortiz is no longer elite, and Griffin will expose that once and for all.


Cung Le

Cung Le is 40 years old, but you could call him a bit of a novice when it comes to mixed martial arts. He has only nine professional fights, as he was previously a champion kickboxer.

He has been very impressive since getting involved in MMA, and he has a 7-2 record to show for it. He has lost two of his past three fights, though, and enters his bout at UFC 148 on a low note as he was knocked out by Wanderlei Silva in the second round of his most recent bout.

Le will take on Patrick Cote, who is making his return to UFC after nearly two years away. Cote lost his last three UFC fights, but he has since rebounded with four consecutive victories.

With that in mind, Cote should have a big advantage heading into the fight.

While Le should put up a good fight, as I expect this one to go the distance, Cote is the better fighter right now, and he will hold up over the long haul.


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