UFC 148, which featured Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2, was an event with an epic level of anticipation. As such, it featured an epic amount of tweets ranging from the ribald to the outright hilarious.
Fortunately, you don't have to go through the myriad of tweets yourself since Bleacher Report has you covered. What follows are some of the funniest tweets of the night along with the circumstances of the fight or event they pertain to.
The event started out with a Facebook fight between Rafaello Oliveira and the man with one of the most difficultly pronounced names in MMA, Yoislandy Izquierdo. Rob Tatum of The MMA Corner noted the irony of a fighter with a complex name having arguably the most simple nickname in the business:
Have to say I'm disappointed with Izquierdo's nickname of Cuba. Too obvious. #UFC148— Rob Tatum (@RobTatumMMA) July 7, 2012
The fight ended with a unanimous decision for Oliveira. However, all of the judges scored the first round for Izquierdo—a questionable call. It turned out to be foreshadowing for the rest of the night, as Adam Martin from The Score predicted:
The fact all three judges scores the first round 10-9 for Izquierdo despite Oliveira's takedowns and guard passes scares me for tonight.— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) July 7, 2012
The next fight was a fun but ultimately forgettable scrap between Shane Roller and John Alessio. One of the highlights of the fight—a low blow landed by Roller—elicited a humorous response from legendary MMA gambler Luca Fury:
Hey, Rogan finally STFU about Diamond MMA after a nut shot, for a change. Refreshing.— Gambling Fury (@GamblingFury) July 8, 2012
UFC commentator Joe Rogan frequently promotes Diamond MMA compression jock shorts after a kick below the belt, but thankfully the ears of all the viewers were spared in the Roller-Alessio fight.
Constantinos Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda was yet another decision, and the fight nearly ended with a devastating eye poke (which was subsequently followed by a kick to the groin once Philippou was able to continue).
While the doctor was checking on the Cypriot, MMA fan Mel had a suggestion:
They may wanna check under his nails for some of Philipou's eye.— Mel (@HoTLiPsMel) July 8, 2012
Following this contest was one between bulky lightweight Gleison Tibau and Russian prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov. The fight was somewhat lackluster and Nurmagomedov's decision victory was questionable. Fortunately, MMAjunkie.com editor-in-chief Dann Stupp chimed in with a tweet to lighten the mood:
If Dustin Hazelett and Jeremy Stephens had a child, he'd look like Khabib Nurmagomedov.— Dann Stupp (@MMAjunkieDann) July 8, 2012
The fight between Nurmagomedov and Tibau was the fourth decision in a row, which made fans (and media members) restless.
Melvin Guillard was up next and he was facing an opponent that was basically cannon fodder for him in the unheralded Fabricio Camoes. Much to everyone's surprise, Camoes put on a tough fight and even had Guillard mounted at one point. Former Bloody Elbow writer Mike Fagan discussed the brilliance of Guillard's mount escape technique:
Best way to get out of mount is to just lay there.— Mike Fagan (@ItsMikeFagan) July 8, 2012
After Guillard earned a decision victory, the preliminary broadcast was over and the main card started.
Unfortunately, the most anticipated fight card of the year so far didn't start with a standup "war."
Instead, fans got a more tepid fight that left them wanting. However, more knowledgeable (and perhaps cynical) viewers—such as Smoogy, co-creator of Bloody Elbow's worlwide MMA scouting report—had a different interpretation of why the crowd wasn't impressed:
This is pretty technical kickboxing for an MMA fight. Naturally, the crowd hates it.— smoogy (@smoogymma) July 8, 2012
Bleacher Report's own Jonathan Snowden, who was covering UFC 148 live, noticed the disdain the fans had for the match:
You should have seen the stampede to the bathroom. Crowd not concerned about this decision— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) July 8, 2012
One of the underpromoted gems of the card now had its time to shine. Cody McKenzie was up against Chad Mendes...and then down against Chad Mendes 31 seconds later. It was a quick TKO that only cemented McKenzie's inability to perform against high-level talent.
The loss also prompted what MMABeatdown to tweet what was, in my opinion, the funniest tweet of the night:
Cody Mackenzie is the Anthony Johnson of Kenny Florians.— MMA Beatdown (@MMABeatdown) July 8, 2012
The trend of short fights continued. Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim was only lasted 16 seconds longer than McKenzie-Mendes, only Kim-Maia was ended by a takedown that injured Kim's rib(s). Twitter user Sean Fox put it a more simple way:
Maia wins via mount.— Sean Fox (@SeanFox92) July 8, 2012
Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote would go to decision and was one of the better fights of the night. Bleacher Report MMA's most recently acquired talent Duane Finley made a delightful reference to Le's new movie, The Man with the Iron Fists, as the fight started:
Will Le have the Iron Fist?— Duane Finley (@DuaneFinleyMMA) July 8, 2012
The co-main event of the evening was a disappointing affair. The most notable things about it were Mike Goldberg's inane commentary, the lacking cardiovascular condition of both men and Forrest Griffin running out of the cage after the fight only to be called back—it turned out that he won after all!
During the fight, Stephie Daniels (a.k.a. Crooklyn) of Bloody Elbow tweeted what everyone was thinking:
slowwwwwwwwwwwwwww mooooooooooo— Stephie D (@CrooklynMMA) July 8, 2012
And what was that embarrassing Goldberg gaffe? MMA personality Jeff Cyril was kind enough to remind the world:
"Tito is a warrior, wants to go out on his sword!" -Goldie (SHIELD NOT SWORD)— Cyril Jeff(@theCyrildotcom) July 8, 2012
The gravity of the main event—Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II—was such that there really wasn't anything too funny on Twitter at the time. This lack of humor was even more apparent after the fight as fans and pundits were screaming over various controversies (the "illegal" knee and the grabbing of shorts).
Nevertheless, Smoogy again brought light to the darkness of the MMA twitterverse by making an amazing reference to an infamous Chael Sonnen promo:
So those were some of the funniest tweets from UFC 148. There were certainly some more, but too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
Upset one of yours wasn't on here or didn't think these were that funny? Well, take to Twitter and try to earn a place next event!