UFC 148 Results Recap: Anderson Silva defends title, Ortiz retires with a...

UFC 148 Results Recap: Anderson Silva defends title, Ortiz retires with a loss


The monumental rematch between Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and arch-nemesis Chael Sonnen began as we may have expected, with Sonnen looking for the double leg early and securing it. He spent the rest of the round in top position, scoring some strikes on Silva and looking for a few submissions to no avail. As the second round started, Sonnen pushed Silva up against the cage. He appeared to have gone for a spinning backfist, as he was previously seen training. This one was wild and found no home, as Silva landed a knee to Sonnen’s body. The longtime champ followed Sonnen to the ground with many strikes to earn the TKO in round 2.

The epic victory by Silva is another defining moment in the long career list of Silva. Perhaps no other fight has been hyped this much in UFC history, and the great champion Silva cemented his legacy as the greatest UFC fighter ever. One of the true champion’s best victories, Silva earned his record tenth-straight title defense. It will be quite interesting to see who, if anyone, will challenge the king Anderson Silva at 185 lbs. any time in the near future. For Sonnen, two years of hype and speculation has been ended in decisive fashion.

Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin came out striking immediately in the first in Ortiz’s farewell bout. Griffin looked for the headkick often. Ortiz used his wrestling to take Griffin down and land some his patented ground-and-pound elbows. Ortiz rocked Griffin early on in the second, and appeared to tire himself with the initial barrage. Griffin responded well with some accurate boxing of his own in a close round. In the third, Ortiz rocked Griffin again and scored another takedown. Griffin got up and the two fighters spent the rest of the fight trading blows. Griffin threw and landed more overall strikes. Ultimately, Forrest Griffin took home the unanimous decision victory in a close fight that drew boos from the crowd.

Cung Le and Patrick Cote traded some good strikes early and often. Le used his accurate kicks to score points, and opened up a cut on his opponent. Cote returned the favor early in the next round. Cote ate a hard right hand, and the second round became a striking war full of strategy. Cote landed some knees while Cung Le continued using his kicks. Two trip takedowns by Le in the third sealed up the decision victory for him.

Demian Maia looked to take Korean judo expert Dong Hyun Kim down early. Maia took his opponent’s back and slammed Kim to the ground, apparently injuring him and ending the fight in the very first round. It was later revealed that Kim had cracked a rib. Maia makes a successful debut at Welterweight in only 47 seconds.

Former UFC Featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes came out smoking versus Cody McKenzie, rocking the submission specialist with a thunderous body shot. Mendes earned the stoppage after some ground-and-pound strikes early in the first round.

Ivan Menjivar and Mike Easton kept the fight standing in the first round. Menjivar utilized many headkicks, but Mike Easton landed the most effective one of the round. Not a ton of damage was done by either fighter. More of the same continued in the second, with Easton landing a flying knee. The boxing picked up the pace in the final round. Mike Easton nailed a single leg takedown, and took home the unanimous Decision.

UFC 148 was the most anticipated card of the year, and it delivered with a great title defense by Anderson Silva. Former Light Heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz lost a very close fight to longtime foe Forrest Griffin, and will now take his place in the UFC Hall of Fame.

UFC 148 Full Results:

Main Card:

Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen via R2 TKO (ground strikes)

Forrest Griffin def Tito Ortiz via Unanimous Decision

Cung Le def. Patrick Cote via Unanimous Decision

Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim via R1 TKO (injury)

Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie via R1 TKO (strikes)

Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar via Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card:

Melvin Guillard def. Fabrício Camões via Unanimous Decision

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau via Unanimous Decision

Constaninous Phillippou def. Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision

Shane Roller def. John Alessio via Unanimous Decision

Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via Unanimous Decision

LowKick.com Awards:

Finish of the Night:

Anderson Silva‘s finish of rival Chael Sonnen in the second ended all the trash talk and hype quickly. While he was mounted in the first round, he showed he was never in trouble with his powerful, precise striking to beat the number one contender. Silva proves he is the best champion the UFC has ever seen.

Performance of the Night:

After being destroyed by Featherweight champion Jose Aldo his last time out, Chad Mendes needed to rebound strongly. He did just that by quickly destroying Cody McKenzie in the first round.

Upset of the Night:

Former UFC Middleweight title challenger Patrick Cote had won 3 out of 4, while opponent Cung Le looked quite unimpressive in his UFC debut, losing to Wanderlei Silva by brutal knockout. He looked better the second time around, utilizing accurate striking to win by decision.

A huge fan of the sport since 1995, I love writing all aspects of the fight game. As Chief Editor of LowKick MMA, I strive to stay on the cutting edge of all things MMA related.
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Brasil Brasil

    Shael. You absolutely SUCK!! Hahahahahahahaha!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mokoko mokoko

    Hector Lombard

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/japanegro23 japanegro23

    Man Silva is soooooo freaking conceited! How dare he invites Chael to a bbq!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

    Was there ever any doubt?
    Hell no Anderson is the man!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/movescamp movescamp

    Thank god. If chael were champ the ufc would be even closer to becoming the WWE. Titos helmet? props? Come on this could be a real sport instead of just entertainment.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/GoldenBibi GoldenBibi

    Awesome Fight… Sonnen You suck…. Hillbillies cry me a river…. hahahahahhahahahahah…. War Anderson Silva…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    After his nice beatdown, Chael will be on his way to the Silvas to serve them some food.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Nik_Hulstein Nik_Hulstein

    Silva let Chael give everything he got in the first round, then revealed his true self in the second

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Nik_Hulstein Nik_Hulstein

    Im kinda surprised what Anderson did. I cant believe he is sucking up to Chael after all the crap they have been through.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Nik_Hulstein Nik_Hulstein

    Chael is gonna be Anderson’s kitchen slave XD

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ishmael ishmael

    yes. one more step away from WWE to real MMA.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Length&Girth; Length&Girth;

    **** chael steroid sonnen & **** all his junkie fans. Chaels mom is as loose as he is shit. Anderson silva should have took out his knob & pissed all over sonnens face when it was over. Sonnen is one ugly twat & his mom is also ugly with a smelly gash. I hope to never have to hear from the one dimensional **** ever again. Anybody that wanted chael to win is a tramp who lives in a trailer park with minimum funds & you are as significant as dog poo left on the pavement by your moms sisters step dad.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Rock'em%20Sock'em Rock’em Sock’em

    Damn Silva is the king – not that we needed that fight to prove it but hey why not.
    The world is back in order!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/InfiniteEnigma InfiniteEnigma

    when is the last time chael got beat by strikes ?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/maratk maratk

    ??????? ??????. ??????? ??? ??????? ????. ???????? ??? ? ???????????? ??????.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jishin%20ryu%20bc%20boy jishin ryu bc boy

    you mean he has class. he didnt need to stoop to Chaels level.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/cranestyle cranestyle


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    Isn’t Cheatie’s nose broken, too?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/KicuSsj KicuSsj

    Great fight but Silva’s speech was lame:D I thought that Silva will punish Chael and ridicule him but no.. it was like Friendship fatality from Mortal Kombat 3 xP

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jishin%20ryu%20bc%20boy jishin ryu bc boy

    Awesome!! Decisive victory. Chael looks like such a chump after all that talk. Imagine how he must feel. 2 years of trash talking, walking around with a fake belt, disrespecting a countyry and a mans family, not to mention his wife, and now he has nothing! Anderson showed alot of class by respecting Chael after the fight. Way to go Anderson. Brazil must be so proud of you. You truly are the best ever. Jon Jones has a good mentor in you, and will be a worthy fighter to probably beat your record one day.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    With his tails between his legs, and possibly a broken nose, Chael will soon become the new member of the WWE.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/PrideFC PrideFC

    Silva only won because Sensei Seagal helped him, he used moves that everyone thought were illegal but are actually legal.. the moves were greasing, holding the shorts, and kneeing downed opponent to the face.


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ViciousNature1 ViciousNature1

    Length&Girth; is that what ya like?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ViciousNature1 ViciousNature1

    Like up ur ares i mean.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Kevtings Kevtings

    You sound exactly like Chael and all the people your trying to insult. And I’m Silva fan telling you to grow up. The fight’s over and I’m sure you wouldn’t like to be pissed on now would you. Also Anderson fought Chael. Not his mother. GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/rts99 rts99

    I hope now talking will end. But I think Chael has still something to say. Damn Sonnen has a good double leg takedown. And still I have to say next for you is math teacher from ohio. Or then super slow light heavyweight Forrest Griffin.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DR3W DR3W

    How is he a chump? Dominated the first round. And was hit with a illegal knee on the ground. Sorry not awed

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    Is that all you got?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highlife highlife

    Great victory for Anderson….where are all the Chael fans ?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    Sir, I really hope you’re being sarcastic.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/P4PKINGSILVA P4PKINGSILVA

    ugh, another chael nuthugger looking for some lame ass excuse. your hero sonnen was exposed. he can’t defeat Silva. period

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/pound4pound pound4pound

    After 32 minutes of fighting Chael has dominated 30 of them but it hasnt been enough to defeat Anderson Silva, Chael lacks what a true chaampion needs, the urgency to finish important fights.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    It wasn’t illegal it was a knee to the body perfectly legal look at it again and stop exaggerating to make lame points :) k

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/PrideFC PrideFC

    I was being sarcastic, obviously the users here haven’t been following Ariel’s sarcastic interviews with Steven Seagal.. lol!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/P4PKINGSILVA P4PKINGSILVA

    Tell me more about the illegal knee theory, and your Dad being a hobo.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/wpgshootr wpgshootr

    I think the stoppage was premature for the Sonnen fight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/P4PKINGSILVA P4PKINGSILVA


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/hatch1921 hatch1921

    Guest I’m a Chael fan… not because of all the stupid shit the guy says or has done…. because he’s the only once in a very long time to give Silva a challenge. I wanted Chael to win tonight… but… I didn’t think he would, especially after his performance against Bisbing.

    I still don’t believe Silva is the humble champ he tried to portray. One hell of an athlete no doubt.

    Clear and decisive victory for the champ.

    So…. who the hell is next?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/P4PKINGSILVA P4PKINGSILVA

    Brace yourselves, illegal knee to the face excuses are coming.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/HATEOCRACY HATEOCRACY

    SCORE(MUTHA F!!K’N)BOARD Bruce, HunterB, Cranestyle, DLS, Entity, Maximus, Molokko( misspelled like u do)GM1, can’t 4 get about Lowkick staff, Hobler & Dave, Mike, Old School UrHype, & any body I missed……how that taste DaddyO’s

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Kuroobi Kuroobi

    Anderson knee went into Chael chest obviously. If Anderson knee went into Chael face then we would all be talking about the first death in the UFC.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    Lmao, no problem.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highlife highlife

    I thought Chael was supposed to be smart ?…in the open workout he was doing the spinning back elbows and it was obvious how awkward and alien that type of striking was for him…he was off balance .his legs came too close together off the strike point and left him off balance yet he tried it against the greatest mma striker ever ?
    and fell over ha ha….There’s always a danger that when you talk so much shite and hype about yourself then you start to believe it.
    Thank you Anderson Silva for showing that talking shite,disrespect and steroid use gets you no where.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DR3W DR3W

    I looked his knee hit his upper chest throat and lower thigh in his face. Im no cheal nuthugger i have my own opinion.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DR3W DR3W

    Yeah he is good friends with your mom on corner

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Bilhal Bilhal

    I PUNCH DUNKEY IN DA FACE! ha! Anderson your the man 😉

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SouthPaw SouthPaw

    Yes you have an opinion like the the idiots who believe the world is flat. It’s wrong.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/P4PKINGSILVA P4PKINGSILVA


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/chael4president1 chael4president1

    Sonnen was never finished, Silva’s punches weren’t hitting his face. he was covering up, like so many guys do when a guy’s punching down at him. And the ref gave him like 1 second before stopping it. Such crap. I can’t wait till former fighter’s become refs. Rosenthal should have reffed this one.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ClosetCasey ClosetCasey

    Nice stoppage by Silva. Hateocracy has some new video to spank to.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highlife highlife

    all the shite they have been saying, jumping on anyone that dared to route for Anderson…Hateocracy I couldn’t have put it better myself.
    Karma is a bitch.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highlife highlife

    I don’t read Chinese but the UFC will be in your country soon Maratk

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Evan%20Holober Evan Holober

    Hahahahahahaha You freaking guys are a trip man.

    We call you out for being idiotic about assessments in their first fights, or break down the skill sets of each and how Chael matches up well and suddenly we are hating on Anderson.

    There are certain people who in fact hated on him, but that fact that you broke down everybody on this site who thought Chael would win in one category is a freakin joke.

    Congratulations, hope you had money on it because if not you being this happy is sad.

    Apparently since Anderson won it was his fans against the world all of a sudden.

    BTW yes I was wrong. It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highlife highlife

    Let it out Evan …you will feel better when the tears stop[ …..its ok to cry in 2012.
    Mummy will put a plaster on it.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Evan%20Holober Evan Holober

    First off, as I said. It’s of no matter to me.

    Second off, you keep trolling me like you’d actually like if I paid attention to you. So I guess I will more. Hateocracy’s ribbing is all in good fun so my comment was really more directed at you in the first place anyway. But I guess Karma’s a bitch (it doesn’t really apply to this situation in the slightest, but you using it here isn’t surprising). Nobody jumped on you for routing for Anderson (in fact I don’t believe people pay attention to really anything you say here), if anybody disagreed with you it was about a foolish comment you made.

    Lastly, again if you didn’t put money on it (which I’m sure you didn’t as you probably don’t have much money), I really don’t understand why you’re so happy.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/wpgshootr wpgshootr

    I reiterate, the stoppage was imo early. I want to see Sonnen’s eyes roll around in his skull before you stop the fight. It was a championship contest and the onus should be on decisiveness in victory.
    Weak that morons.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/toxic toxic

    yeah that spinning elbow was really pathetic…
    but what else was he going to do with those pillow hands, hahaha….

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    I actually have more respect for Evan in this thread than the Silva fans. Getting on people like that because of who they think will win. If you disagree with someones analysis that’s cool but why all the hate.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    Which is way cooler than ripping apart a guy you just destroyed.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    I agree that Chael was not totally unconscious if that is what you mean by “early”. The fact is that Chael was just lying there with his hands over his face. If the fight was allowed to continue a few more seconds he would have still been lying there with his hands over his face. After it was stopped he continued to lie there for a few seconds. He was too hurt to fight back.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    I couldn’t tell on my tiny computer screen but the way Chaels feet were going it looked like Anderson might have tripped him as he was spinning. Any denial or confirmation from someone watching on a bigger screen?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Kevtings Kevtings

    Are you blind or stupid or both? Even Chael said that the better man won! Next time you want to comment on something think it through before you come out with absolute shit.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Kevtings Kevtings

    Are you blind or stupid or both? Even Chael said that the better man won! Next time you want to comment on something think it through before you come out with absolute shit.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JTalbain JTalbain

    I thought it was a little bit of class mixed with a little over the top niceness. Silva finished, then said there were no hard feelings, then the BBQ invite was to help balance out being a **** at the weigh-ins. Chael even laughed into his shirt at that. I think it was part act, but more to show that there were really no hard feelings afterwards. The fight is done and he’ll leave it behind him. Anderson is simply not interested in nurturing a rivalry between himself and Chael.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JTalbain JTalbain

    I thought so too. It looked like Anderson might have thought about it and put his foot in the way, but he never actually contacted Chael’s leg. Sonnen just legitimately fell over.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/azzkika azzkika

    When was the last time he tried a spinning backfist and slipped costing him the fight?

    Silva won because Sonnen made a terrible mistake not from outclassing him. It seemed Sonnen was outclassing Silva until that point.

    Silva is the most clinical striker in MMA and one of the best finishers. He also has great resilience which he proved the first time they met with a good submission game but he has massive holes in his game which even now he hasn’t addressed.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/HighJumpKick HighJumpKick
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/wpgshootr wpgshootr

    yes no doubt Sonnen was hurt and was turtling but had it went on just a little longer he might have either recovered or gone unconscious, we’ll never know.