Before the PPV for the most anticipated fight card of the year goes down, fix preliminary bouts will kick off the night. Here are my UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen preliminary card predictions.
Preliminary Card (FX) Melvin Guillard (29-10-2, 1 NC) vs. Fabricio Camoes (14-6-1) - (Lightweight Bout) The headliner for the UFC 148 preliminary card is an interesting lightweight match up. In a classic striker vs. grappler match up, Melvin Guillard returns to the Octagon on the heels of back-to-back defeats. The path for victory is pretty clear for both men - Guillard need to keep it standing while Camoes should be doing anything and everything to bring the fight to the mat.
This is a difficult fight to call, but Guillard's quicker hands and feet should play to his advantage and lead him to a highlight reel finish.
Prediction: Melvin Guillard via TKO (Strikes) - Round 1
I don't want to become a prediction guy. Of course I have my opinions, everybody does. Only problem is, everyone is wrong. MMA has proven time and again to be one of the most unpredictable sporting events out there. So I'm not going to stake my name on predictions. I will, however, offer up an additional angle to look at upcoming fights.
As we discussed in parts one and two, rematches seem to have their own mystique. The fighters have been there before, seen and felt what their opponent has, and both men are fighting for the legacy of not one, but two or three fights at once. So with the additional pressure and strategy involved, it might help to look at their rematch history when making predictions.
First up, the big one. Everyone has been waiting for the UFC 148 headlining rematch, Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen. Their first fight had everything fans love: action, pace, surprises, grit, and one spectacular comeback. Their rematch is hotly anticipated.
CUNG LE (7-2, O-1 UFC) vs. PATRICK COTE (17-7, 4-7 UFC)
Patrick Cote makes his Octagon return after winning four fights in a row in lower MMA organizations. He is replacing Rich Franklin, who took the place of Vitor Belfort, in the UFC 147 main event against Wanderlei Silva. Patrick Cote was once regarded as one of the best middleweight fighters in the world. He challenged Anderson Silva at UFC 90 and was the first fighter to ever make it to the third round against the middleweight champ.
Cote busted his knee in the third round and tore his ACL. He was never the same fighter for the next two years following this injury. However, things have changed for Cote over his past four fights and he looks to continue his recent success against one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA.
FORREST GRIFFIN (18-7, 9-5 UFC) vs. TITO ORTIZ (16-10-1, 15-10-1 UFC)
Tito Ortiz is looking to go out with a bang before he hangs them up after this fight. Ortiz has stated he is retiring from MMA after this encounter and he has been one of the best fighters in UFC history. Tito Ortiz is one of the main reasons why the UFC is where it is today and helped UFC grow into the powerhouse organization it is today.
Aug. 7, 2010, was a day that mixed martial art fans will never forget. Chael Sonnen was two minutes away from beating the best fighter to ever step inside the Octagon. Then, the unexpected happened. Anderson Silva locked Sonnen in a triangle choke that forced Sonnen to tap. This was the closest, and really the only fighter, who ever gave Anderson Silva a competitive fight inside the Octagon. Finally, almost two years later, we get to see one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history. Anderson Silva is looking to defend his UFC middleweight belt for the 10th straight time.