UFC 148 was one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history, and it largely lived up to what fans expected from the main event and co-main event.
The event was attended by 15,016 people and generated a record-breaking $7 million gate. UFC president Dana White indicated during the post-fight press conference that UFC 148 is trending to be the largest pay-per-view event in company history.
The bonuses awarded to three fighters totaled $75,000, with Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night bonuses awarded.
Fight of the Night: Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin III
In a back-and-forth fight between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin, the trilogy fight lived up to the hype. It seemed to be more of a sloppy brawl than a technical standup war, and Ortiz rocked Griffin in both the second and third rounds. Ortiz was unable to finish Griffin and looked to be gassed by the end of the third round.
Ortiz and Griffin yielded another exciting decision, and it certainly was deserving of a Fight of the Night bonus. Griffin isn't sure what's next for him in the light heavyweight division, and he will take some time to try and figure things out.
During the post-fight press conference, Ortiz stated he was angry that Griffin grabbed the microphone and decided to interview the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy." Griffin apologized (a few times) and said he wishes he could take it back.
Knockout of the Night: Anderson Silva
Anderson Silva brutalized Chael Sonnen en route to a TKO win at 1:04 of the second round. Following a rather uninspiring first round from the champion, the Brazilian fighter bounced back with a vengeance after Sonnen tried for a spinning back fist. Sonnen missed horribly and ate a vicious knee to the body, which was followed up by strong ground strikes.
A rightful cash prize for Silva, earning a solid victory and avenging all of the statements Sonnen made about him, his family and the country of Brazil.