UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen LowKick.com Staff PredictionsPosted on July 6, 2012, 12:33 PM by Anton Gurevich
UFC Middleweight Title bout: Anderson Silva (Champion) vs. Chael Sonnen (Challenger)
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Previous Bout: Anderson Silva via Submission (triangle armbar) 3:10 minutes into Round 5 at UFC 117
Fans' Prediction: Anderson Silva via KO/TKO in Round 2
Anton Gurevich: It’s hard to pick against Anderson Silva. However, I truly believe Chael Sonnen has the perfect skillset to end Anderson Silva’s reign of terror, especially after gaining a valuable psychological advantage. I’m afraid Silva is slightly underestimating Sonnen, it looks like he has convinced himself that having broken ribs is the main reason behind getting dominated for more than four rounds at UFC 117. Well, it’s not. Sonnen is a tough opponent, a fierce competitor, and if Silva thinks that his encounter with the Oregonian will be a stroll in the park, he’s up for a rude awakening. Silva is a favorite, but I’ll put my bet on Chael Sonnen via Decision. The American gangster from West Linn, Oregon, will collect the dividends of his psychological warfare.
Mike Searson: Sonnen shocked the world by beating Silva for 4 rounds before losing in the 5th round by submission. Sonnen is relentless with his take downs and he throws a lot of strikes, he totally dominated the last fight, but I don't think it is going to go his way. First of all, the day before weigh-ins he was claiming that he was 20 lbs over weight. That is a lot of weight to lose in a day and if he does it or gets close, he is going to pay the price for it later. I have never seen a fighter that close to being over win in a main event of any boxing or MMA bout that I have covered the past 3 years. Apart from that, Anderson Silva is a superior martial artist and if Sonnen really did get in his head, I don't think it is going to be the way he intended. I am going with Silva by KO/TKO or even tap out due to strikes in the third round. This fight is going to be brutal.
Daniel Cassidy: Despite the end result, Chael really proved a point in the last fight. In doing so, he finally made Anderson Silva look human. Having no fear of his opponent is crucial for Sonnen's game plan. This time, I think he will repeat the previous game plan, wrestling and ground and pound, only now I think he might have a bigger edge on the ground with his new submission skills. My bold prediction is Chael Sonnen to become the new Middleweight Champion via R3 submission, head and arm triangle.
Evan Holober: Anderson Silva is the best fighter to compete in mixed martial arts thus far. His blend of power and speed has made him possibly the most feared striker in the world. The time he has spent broadening his skill set while also being long and flexible creates a threat to almost anybody in the 185 lb division on the ground. Greatness, the UFC Hall of Fame, and a legacy to be proud of are foregone conclusions, "definites" if you will. However, another definite in MMA is one overlooked much too often, "styles make fights". For all the greatness Anderson has achieved his wrestling has always been simple. He's had flashes of brilliance like the switch he hit against Nate Marquardt in their title clash at UFC 73, but it has never been sustainable (his striking has just been too much for opponents to overcome in the past 7 years for it to matter). Chael is the best wrestler in the 185lb division, and in this writer's opinion the added boost from Testosterone Replacement Therapy makes him a nightmare of a match up for Anderson to go up against. Anderson could end it at any point, but I think the clock strikes midnight on his amazing run. Chael Sonnen by UD
Mike Drahota: Finally the epic rematch two years in the making is upon us. The hype will come to an end once and for all. We will see if truly elite MMA wrestling is Anderson Silva's kryptonite, as we fully expect Sonnen to try and drag Silva down repeatedly. Sonnen does also possess an underrated striking game. However, we have never seen Anderson Silva become so fired up and outspoken in media engagements, a testament to how motivated he is for this fight. While this could serve him in both positive and negative ways, I think The Spider will come to put on quite a show. He may be getting older, but he is still the most dominant champion in UFC history. We may never know if Anderson Silva was truly injured in their first match, but Saturday's fight will go a long way in explaining all the speculation. Chael Sonnen truly is the only man to take Anderson Silva into deep and dangerous waters, but somehow I think Silva knows what to expect this time around. I see Silva winning this impressively with a Round 2 (T)KO.