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The Fightlinker Guide to UFC 148

(image by the always wonderful Peter O’Toole – check out his new website!)

Tonight’s UFC 148 card is epic mainly because of the rematch between Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva. Nearly two years in the making, this fight is drenched in bad blood and finally we will see it’s conclusion. As the only superfight this year that hasn’t fallen apart due to injury or steroids, I am excite and so can you.

For our guide to UFC 148 we break down how all the fights on the main card will go – what will probably happen and then on the flipside how a fight could shock us all. Then it’s onto the relatively sparse undercard where we shine a little light on the two guys worth giving up your evening to watch on FUEL. It’s all after the jump, so check it out!

Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen

Most likely to happen: Anderson Silva kicks Chael Sonnen in the face or churns his organs into butter with endless muay thai knees.
What could possibly happen: Chael Sonnen pins Anderson Silva to the mat for four and a half rounds before getting caught in the most obvious submission known to man. Again.

Tito Ortiz vs Forrest Griffin

Most likely to happen: Forrest Griffin outhustles Tito over three rounds of sparring and occasional jockeying for position.
What could possibly happen: Tito cracks Forrest’s glass jaw, which has turned so brittle via years of training like a psycho that you’d have to be a complete idiot not to target it. This is Tito we’re talking about though.

Cung Le vs Patrick Cote

Most likely to happen: Patrick Cote eats a spinning back kick to the solar plexus every time he gets within limb’s reach of Cung Le. After six of these his liver declares ‘No Mas’ and he goes down for the count.
What could possibly happen: Cote could wade right through Cung’s strikes and punch him right in the nose. Cung’s nose is a natural treasure in Vietnam – it was declared sexiest nose in Pêỏplê Magazine and every time someone hits it he curls into the fetal position to protect it.

Demian Maia vs Dong Hyun Kim

Most likely to happen: Demian Maia takes the fight to the ground and subs Kim out after spending way too much time trying to prove his well rounded abilities on the feet.
What could possibly happen: Everything I just mentioned above, but without the takedown and sub for Maia. Dude fights like a wiener sometimes.

Chad Mendes vs Cody McKenzie

Most likely to happen: Chad and Cody engage in some of the worst kickboxing known to man for three rounds. Chad uses his wrestling to keep it on the feet and Cody uses his lack of any ability but the choke to lose it from there.
What could possibly happen: McKenzie could clip Mendes, sending him into Auto-Wrestle Mode. Next thing Chad knows, he’s locked in the McKenzietine and the crowd goes wild as our favorite one trick pony does it again!

Prelim Fighters to Watch

Melvin Guillard: Win or lose, he’s always entertaining to watch. When he’s on point, he’s more devastating than Anderson Silva. When he’s not, he blows fights like Chael Sonnen.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: He’s 17-0 with an Eastern Front worth of defeated Russian opponents. He came into the UFC and pounded the snot out of Kamal Shalorous before choking him out in the third. He’s being matched up with the tough Gleison Tibau, so tonight will tell if he’s the real deal.