Taylor vs Baroni | UFC 148 Edition | UFC News

July 5, 2012 4:33 pm by bjpenn.com staff 12 Comments

By: Chris Taylor

The biggest rematch in UFC history is just days away, as Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva will once again do battle for the UFC middleweight title on July 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Anderson Silva was recently quoted as saying that he’s going to “break Chael Sonnen’s face”, clearly indicating that the “Gangster from West Linn”, has gotten into his head. As for Sonnen, the self-proclaimed “People’s Champion” will be looking to repeat his performance at UFC 117, where he came just 90 seconds away from dethroning “The Spider”.

Also featured on the card is a trilogy bout between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin. This will be the last fight in the career of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy”, as he announced he will be retiring from MMA competition after the rubber match. Ortiz and Griffin are currently 1-1 against each other, with their last fight taking place back at UFC 106.

The main card for the pay-per-view portion of the event is as follows:

185 lbs.: UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
205 lbs.: Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
185 lbs.: Patrick Cote vs. Cung Le
170 lbs.: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia
145 lbs.: Mike Easton vs. Ivan Menjivar
145 lbs.: Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie

Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni was good enough to share his predictions for UFC 148 with me. Here are our predictions for the July 7th Main Card fights:

145 lbs.: Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie

Baroni: I like Chad Mendes in this one. Cody is a tough guy so I will say Chad by decision.

Taylor: Chad “Money” Mendes has only had 1 stoppage win in his past 6 victories. That said, I see him putting Cody away in this one. This will be McKenzie’s first fight at featherweight and I think the weight cut could play a factor in his performance. I will say Chad Mendes by second round submission.

145 lbs.: Mike Easton vs. Ivan Menjivar

Baroni: I see Easton taking this fight by decision.

Taylor: I expect that Easton’s winning streak will continue. He has looked very impressive in both of his UFC fights thus far. Ivan Menjivar is riding a 3 fight win streak since joining the UFC and will be a tough test, but I think Easton pulls out the decision victory.

170 lbs.: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia

Baroni: I like Dong Kim in this one. I think he will win the stand up battle. I sparred with Kim once and he has surprisingly good stand up.

Taylor: I’m going the other way in this one. I think that Maia will perform well in his welterweight debut. It’s been a while since we saw him take home a submission of the night award, so I’m guessing he makes a statement in this fight and taps out Kim in the second round.

185 lbs.: Patrick Cote vs. Cung Le

Baroni: Undecided.

Taylor: I’m Canadian so I will personally be pulling for Patrick Cote in this one. He is riding a 4 fight win streak since being cut by the UFC in October of 2010. It will be a tough fight for “The Predator” though, as the Sanshou kick boxer Cung Le, will be looking to get his first Octagon win. Patrick has a punchers chance and some decent wrestling, but I think it will be tough for him to overcome the stand-up technique of Le, so I predict Le via 3rd round TKO.

205 lbs.: Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz

Baroni: I think Forrest beats Tito. The first round will be tough for Forrest but he will get stronger later in the fight when Tito starts to fade. I see Tito fading midway through the second round, and once he tires.. Forrest will get the win.

Taylor: Both of their first two fights were very close and I expect the rubber match to be no different. I agree with you that Tito will come out hard in the first, with Forrest being the more dominant fighter in the later rounds. It will more than likely go to decision in my opinion, with Forrest winning via split decision.

185 lbs.: UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

Baroni: I think Anderson beats Chael… Again! But this time I see him getting the KO before the Championship rounds.

Taylor: I’m taking Chael in this one and not just because I’m a fan of his but because he truly dominated in the first fight. Chael has one hell of a chin and his wrestling is among the best in MMA. I just can’t see Anderson being able to prevent Chael from taking him down. I think that Chael Sonnen will be crowned the new UFC middleweight champion sometime late Saturday night via unanimous decision.

You read ours, now what are your predictions for UFC 148 Penn Nation?

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