LAS VEGAS — It’s Tiiiiiimmmmmeeee! The moment you’ve all been waiting for… five rounds of middleweight championship action between the champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva and “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen. It all goes down tonight at UFC 148 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC 148 will also mark the final fight for the newly-inducted UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz as he faces fellow former light heavyweight champion, the original Ultimate Fighter, Forrest Griffin, for a tie-breaking third time.
ProMMAnow.com is on the scene cageside and, as always, will be bringing you LIVE play-by-play commentary and photos of all the action, as well as all the post-fight coverage you have come to expect from the burgeoning MMA outlet.
For those watching the fights at home, all the action starts at 7:25 p.m. ET (4:25 PT) with the preliminary card bouts on Facebook, moving to FX at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT), and then to the main card on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).
UFC 148 quick results:
MAIN CARD (PPV – starts 10 p.m. ET)
- Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (1:55)
- Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)
- Cung Le defeats Patrick Cote by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim by TKO (injury) Rd 1 (:47)
- Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (:31)
- Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX – starts 8 p.m. ET)
- Melvin Guillard def. Fabrico Camoes by unanimous decision (30-37, 30-27, 30-27)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau by decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Constantinos Philippou def. Riki Fukuda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Shane Roller def. John Alessio by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook – starts 7:25 p.m. ET)
- Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoslandy Izquierdo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC 148 play-by-play:
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo
Round 1 – Here we go folks. Big night. High kick from Tractor, leg kick from Izquierdo. Left hand from Izquierdo, bod kick. Oliveira with the takedown and is on top in butterfly guard, tries to pass to side, Izquierdo gets full guard. Oliveira moves to side control. Puts knees into his side from the top. Oliveira looking to make something happen, lands a couple punches. Knee to belly briefly as Izquierdo squirms and twists. More knees to the ribs from Oliveira. He looks to lock up an arm, lets it go. Hammerfists from Oliveira, looks for an Americana. Izquierdo very busy trying to get free, he finally pushes Oliveira off after Oliveira got mount briefly. Izquierdo gets up, eats a head kick. Oliveira shoots. They go down, roll, back up. Hard straight left from Izquierdo before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira (could have easily gone to Izquierdo though).
Round 2 – Leg kick Oliveira. Straight left from Izquierdo. Leg kick Oliveira but he eats a left counter, eats another one and he falls after throwing a head kick. Oliveira blocks a left, shoots and puts Izquierdo on his back, inside full guard. Oliveira lands a few punches as he moves to side control. Oliveira bleeding from his forehead a bit. Izquierdo tries to lock up a reverse triangle. Oliveira back in side control softening Izquierdo up with punches. Izquierdo lands several elbows from off his back. Ref stands them up to look at the cut. Doc checks Oliveira out and lets it go. They put Oliveira back on top in side control. Oliveira controlling the action from top control. Oliveira looks for an Americana but Izquierdo pulls out. Oliveira lands several more punches and looks for a crucifix. He finishes the round on top. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira. His corner tells him the first round could go either way but the second round is his. Izquierdo’s corner tells him it’s 1-1.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Head kick from Oliveira. Lazy leg kick. Leg kick Izquierdo. He lands a left and a knee but gets put on his back by Oliveira, now inside full guard. Body shots from Oliveira. Oliveira working the ground and pound. He passes to side control. Oliveira with some elbows and looks to lock up an Americana. Izquierdo escapes and gets up but Oliveira immediately shoots and puts him on his back. Moves to side control. Oliveira gets a crucifix and lands a few shots but Izquierdo gets free. Oliveira still has side control and is landing punches. Oliveira still attempting an armlock but Izquierdo survives, although definitely losing the round and thus the fight as I see it. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Oliveira.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoslandy Izquierdo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Shane Roller vs. John Alessio
Round 1 – Leg kick body jab from Roller. Leg kick again from Roller. Left hook from Alessio. Overhand right and a left hook from Roller connects and backs Alessio up. Left hand from Alessio. Low kick catches Alessio in the groin and time is called. Touch gloves. Double jab, overhand right from Alessio. Roller dodges a couple jabs, lands a left hook. Roller shoots, Alessio shrugs it off. Left jab from Alessio. Right from Roller over the top. Left hook from Alessio as they clinch up against the cage. Alessio grabs a single leg. Roller defends, Alessio now with underhooks as they struggle against the cage. Body shots from Alessio, a knee to the body. He backs out. Alessio counters with a couple punches. Uppercut from Roller, but he gets dropped with a shot from Alessio, Alessio lays on top in side control before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Alessio.
Round 2 – Right hand from Alessio. Big leg kick from Roller. Left hand from Roller, Alessio counters. Leg kick from Roller. Body shot from Alessio as he changes levels for a single. Roller uses it to drop down for a guillotine. Alessio rolls over and is back to this feet. Roller drops levels looking for the takedown, lifts Alessio up and puts him on his back. Roller inside full guard. Right hand from Alessio to the head. Roller moves to half guard. Alessio trying to hold Roller tight. Big elbow from Roller. Alessio gets to one knee and Roller gets on his back with one hook in. Left hands from Roller. Just over a minute to go. Elbow from Roller. Alessio has wrist control. Roller locks on a body triangle from the back and is softening Alessio up. Punches and elbows from back mount, they move to their back against the cage, Roller still on Alessio’s back. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Roller.
Round 3 – Alessio lands an uppercut that rocks Roller and he follows up with a combo, backing Roller up. Roller with a one two, shoots. Alessio goes for a guillotine as Roller puts him on his back. Roller on top in half guard. Roller drops a few elbows to the head and body. Alessio gets to his feet. Roller drops levels for a takedown attempt, gets a bod lock and throws Alessio down, takes his back with one hook in. Roller with both hooks in now, lands some punches and looks for the choke. Alessio asked Roller if he wanted to ride him. Roller with a body lock. Alessio gets a reversal 10 seconds before the bell ends the round on top throwing bombs. A frustrated Alessio curses Roller after the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Roller.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Shane Roller def. John Alessio by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Constantinos Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda
Round 1 – Leg kick from Fukuda. Again. Riki shoots for a single quickly and gets Philippou to one knee against the cage. Philippou defending from going all the way down, gets back to his feet, clinched against the cage. Philippou pushes Fukuda back and they square up. Leg kick from Fukuda. Right hand from Philippou. Again, on the chin. Philippou lands a couple more, then a head kick. Inside leg kick from Fukuda, outside now. Again. Close round; PMN scores it 10-9 Philippou.
Round 2 – Philippou looks for a single but Fukuda shrugs it off. They square up and Fukuda eats a couple. Fukuda lands a leg kick, he shoots, drives Philippou to the cage, clinch. Knees to the thigh, dirty boxing from both. Right jab from Philippou. Inside leg kick from Fukuda. Outside leg kick. Right hook from Fukuda but he pays for it with a couple counter punches from Philippou. Leg kick from Fukuda, nice body kick, leg kick again. Nice body kick from Fukuda. Eats a left hand. Left from Fukuda. Head kick, blocked. Leg kick inside catches Philippou in the groin. Fukuda grabs a leg, lets it go. Left to the chin, leg kick from Fukuda. Right hand counter from Philippou. Another right counter from Philippou after taking an inside leg kick. PMN scores the round 10-9 Fukuda.
Round 3 – Right hand from Philippou. Fukuda shoots for a single, lets it go. Lands a couple body shots, clinched against the cage. Fukuda backs out. One two from Philippou. Fukuda grabs a single, pushes Philippou to the cage but he escapes. Body kick from Fukuda but Philippou took a poke in the eye first. Phillipou is in agony as he goes to the ground. The doctor comes in to check him out but he can’t even open his eye. Phillipou recovers and they let it go. Touch gloves. Philippou is angry and attacks. He takes a kick apparently to the groin. But he screams and keeps attacking and lands some nice punches. They clinch up briefly as Fukuda shoots in. They trade punches. Right hook from Fukuda. Philippou lands a right before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 and fight 29-28 for Philippou.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Constantinos Philippou def. Riki Fukuda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Round 1 – Tibau stalking. Khabib shoots, pushes Tibau to the cage. Tibau backs out. Knee from Tibau. Khabib pressing him to the cage. Knees from Tibau. Ref separates. Khabib with a jumping kick, he eats a couple punches. Khabib shoots for a leg. PMN scores the round 10-9 Tibau.
Round 2 – Left hand from Tibau. Khabib shoots, grabs a leg. Tibau breaks out. Left hand from Tibau. Tibau gets him down, tries to take his back, lands a knee and a right hand that staggers Khabib. Khabib drops levels. Khabib lands a couple nice shots and then clinches back up. Ref separates them. One two counter from Tibau. Righ hand to the body. Right hand from Khabib before the bell. PMN scores it 10-9 for Tibau.
Round 3 – Leg kick from Khabib. Clinched against the cage as Khabib shoots. Tibau shoots, gets the takedown, tries to get Khabib’s back but he gets back to his feet. Clinched against the cage. Overhand right from Khabib.Right hand from Khabib. Knee from Tibau. PMN scores the round 10-9 and 30-27 for Tibau.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision (3-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes
Round 1 – Exchange leg kicks, big overhand right from Guillard. Left hook from Melvin catches Camoes coming in. Right hand from Melvin as Camoes grabs a single and puts Melvin down, he bounces right up though. Melvin shrugs off a shot. Camoes shoots and Melvin puts him down, lays on top inside full guard. Camoes puts him on his back now, they scramble and Camoes gets full mount. He starts dropping elbows and punches. Camoes looks for a choke but Melvin gets to his feet. Camoes tries a spinning kick, loses his balance and Melvin pounces on top. PMN scores it 10-9 Camoes.
Round 2 – Left hand from Camoes. Spinning kick lands from Camoes, shoots, they roll back to their feet, clinched against the cage. Camoes shoots and Melvin pulls out. Left hook and a right from Camoes. Camoes with a body lock, double underhooks, gets the takedown. Elbow from Melvin as Camoes holds him down against the cage. Melvin gets up. Spinning elbow from Camoes but Melvin drags him down, holds him from behind. Melvin lands a big right and elbow and takes top position. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Melvin.
Round 3 – Camoes shoots, Melvin pulls out. Body shot from Melvin. Left hook from Melvin. Leg kick from Camoes. Body shot from Melvin. Body shot again from Melvin. One two three from Melvin. right hand from Melvin. Camoes shoots, grabs a single, Melvin pulls out. Camoes goes for a leglock with just 10 seconds left. No dice. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Melvin.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Melvin Guillard def. Fabrico Camoes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton
Round 1 – Front kick from Menjivar. Leg kick from Easton, counter right from Menjivar. Leg kick Easton, goes high to the groin. Touch gloves. Head kick from Easton scores with shin to face. Spinning back kick to the leg, again. Leg kick from Easton. Menjivar returns it. Front kick from Ivan. Knee from Easton, elbow from Ivan. PMN scores the round 10-9 Easton.
Round 2 – Body kcik from Ivan. Briefly clinched. Big leg kick from Ivan, then a one two. Front kick. To the groin. Touch gloves. Left hook from Easton. Spinning leg kick from Ivan. Leg kick Ivan. Overhand right. Ivan catches a kick, lands a leg kick. Spinning leg kick from Ivan, then lands a head kick. Easton eats it. Easton stalking. One two from Ivan. Body shot Easton. Leg kick from Ivan. Big body shot from Ivan. Flying knee from Easton scores. Leg kick. Left then a big right to the body from Easton. Big leg kick. 10-9 Easton.
Round 3 – Left hook from Easton. Leg kick, big one. Left right left from Easton, again. Ivan shoots, stuffed. Big leg kick from Easton. Head kick from Ivan partially blocked. Big left to the body from Easton. Spinning backfist from Ivan misses. Ivan spins, Easton shoots and puts him down, perfectly timed. Inside full guard landing shots and elbows. Ivan makes it to his feet. Easton slips on a knee strike. Gets right up. Front kick from Easton. Big left to the body from Ivan. Left from Easton. Easton still pressing forward. Easton tries a flying roundhouse. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Easton.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie
Round 1 – Right hand and a knee from Mendes. Big leg kick from Mendes. Mendes lands a right to the body hard and McKenzie goes down. Mendes finishes him with several hammerfists and McKenzie is done.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (:31)
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia
Round 1 – Maia shoots, elbows from Kim. Maia gets one hook in from the back, now tries to drag Kim down. Gets him down, mounts him, lands a couple shots and Kim gives up, obviously injured and the ref stops it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim by TKO (injury) Rd 1 (:47)
Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote
Round 1 – Body kick from Cote and Cung sweeps the back leg for a takedown. High kick, low kick from Le. Body kick from Le. Leg kick Cote, right counter from Le. Body kick from Le, Cote with his own body kick counter. Le shrugs off a takedown attempt, lands a counter left. Body kick from from Le. Right hand from Le. Leg kick Cote. Side kick from Le. Leg kick from Le. Side kick Le. Leg kick Cote. Again. Big body kick from Le. Side kick from Le. Leg kick Cote. Le checks a kick. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Le.
Round 2 – Leg kick Cote, again. Right hand from from Cote. Wheel kick to the head from Le, side kick, body kick. Head kick. Right counter from Le. Leg kick from Cote. Knee from the clinch from Le. Right hand from Cote and Le is bleeding. Nice right counter from Le. Left to the body from Cote. Spinning kick to the gut from Cote. Body kick, right hand from Le. Again. Cote fires back with some shots and a leg kick. Leg kick from Cote. Front kick from Le. Knee and a right from Le. Cote lands a big right, clinches up. Body shots from Cote. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Le.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Side kick Le. head kick blocked. Side kick. Le goes for a low kick and lands it in the groin. Cote continues. Right hand and clinch from Cote, pushes Le to the cage. Underhooks from Cote, lets it go. Knee from Le, spinning backfist on the break from Cote. Left from Le. Spinning kick from Le to the gut. Cote clinches, pushes him to the cage. Knee from Le. Le trips him to the ground. Cote gets up, shoots for a single. Le hops around on one leg and Cote lets go. Nice right from Le. Right from Cote. Side kick from Le. Body kick from Le. Cote fires back but eats a nice right. Cote clinches and Le gets a takedown. Cung inside full guard.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Cung Le defeats Patrick Cote by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
Round 1 – Here we gol. Head kick from Forrest is blocked, he throws a leg kick, eats a right. Chats for Forrest. Tito blocks a head kick. Front kick from Forrest and Tito puts him on his back. Tito inside full guard. Big elbow from Tito. Tito with a big right as Forrest struggles to get up. Forrest gets up. Tito eats a left. Left again from Forrest, front kick. Leg kick from Forrest. Nice uppercut from Forrest. Tito shoots, Forrest gets free of the single. Left hand from Forrest. Body shot from Forrest. Leg kick from Forrest. Leg kick from Forrest. Front kick from Forrest. Tito gets a takedown before the bell but Forrest should take the round 10-9.
Round 2 – Left right from Forrest but Tito drops him with a punch. Tito attacks, they clinch, knee exchanges. Tito had him hurt for a moment. Right from Forrest. Left from Tito. Nice jab from Forrest. Nice right from both guys. Left from Tito. They exchange rights and playing a little rock-em sock-em robots. Two leg kicks from Forrest. Nice body kick and a right from Forrest. Nice left, then an uppercut from Forrest. Right from Ortiz. Counter jab from Ortiz. Big leg kick from Forrest. Right from Forrest. Tito not doing much. Right from Forrest. Left from Tito. Front kick from Forrest. Left from Forrest. Tito shoots for a takedown, eats some hammerfists. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Griffin.
Round 3 – Big leg kick Forrest. Body kick from Forrest. Big uppercut from Forrest. Tito drops him with a left hook. Forrest gets up but Tito takes him down. Tito on top in full guard. Forrest trying to get up but Tito able to hold position for now. Nice elbow from Tito. Forrest goes for a kimura, loses it. Forrest uses the cage to make it to his feet. Lands a couple elbows from the clinch, knee to the body. Leg kick, right hand, right hand, left hand from Forrest. Right hand from Forrest, big right from Tito. One two leg kick from Forrest. One two from Tito. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Ortiz and the fight 29-28 for Forrest. I called another split decision in this one and it very well could be.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29) Rd 3 (5:00)
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Round 1 – No glove touch. Anderson looks very relaxed. Chael shoots and puts him on his back once again immediately, walked right through Silva’s punch attempt. Chael is inside is full guard with the ground and pound, just like before. Chael in half guard as Anderson holds on to him trying to stifle the attack. Chael trying to get out of half guard. Chael boxing his ears. Chael not doing a ton of damage but is staying busy. Nice body shots from Chael. Chael gets full mount. Chael giving him some shoulder strike payback. Anderson just holds on. PMN scores the round 10-8 for Chael.
Round 2 – Chael ties him up against the cage. Anderson looking for a leg. Knees from Chael. Chael drops levels. Anderson defends. Knee from Chael right hand from Anderson. Chael walks through his punches, ties him up. Chael falls on a spinning backfist. Anderson throws a knee to the downed opponent and finishes him off with punches..
OFFICIAL RESULT: Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (1:55)