Silva vs. Sonnen 2: Takeaways from UFC 148

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2012

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UFC 148 was headlined by the biggest rematch in the history of MMA between Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva.

The fight did see a finish and was decisive.

On top of the main event was the retirement of Tito Ortiz, who finally called it quits after 15 years in the sport.

UFC 148 was packed full of decisions, but did have some really good fights. What can we take away from the biggest card of the year so far?


Anderson Silva is Clearly at the Top of MMA

Silva convincingly beat Sonnen the second time around with a TKO finish in Round 2. Silva recovered from a first round that saw him get dominated much like the first fight, then took advantage of another mistake by Sonnen to get the win. Silva has now beaten most of the top guys in convincing fashion.

I think if anybody gives Fedor Emelianenko a run for his money as the greatest, it is Silva.


Tito Ortiz Needed to Retire

Ortiz looked good on the ground, but towards the end of the fight his energy went out and he was starting to lose more and more of the standup exchanges.

It really isn't something to be mad about, as every fighter eventually gets to that point where they aren't at the top of their game anymore, but tonight proved it for Ortiz. I wish him good luck in his future endeavors.


The Middleweight Division Will Never be the Same

With Sonnen not being at the top of the middleweight division, the division will be lacking a whole lot without him. The trash talk kept us engaged in the middleweight affairs, and we wanted this fight so bad to see Silva prove he is the top guy.

We got the fight, but now that it is over, we'll have trouble replacing Sonnen's shenanigans. That's right, usage of the word shenanigans.


Chad Mendes is Still a Top Featherweight

Mendes proved that even after his loss to Jose Aldo, he is still one of the top featherweights in the world. Mendes knocked out Cody McKenzie in just 31 seconds and proceeded to jump back up to the top of the rankings.

Mendes still has a little bit to go before he can get that rematch, but this was a good start.