After months of waiting, Silva-Sonnen II finally arrived on July 7 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in front of a massive crowd. With the UFC Fan Expo going on days before, UFC 148 set records for live gate earnings in UFC history.

In the main event, Chael Sonnen continued his trash talking in the weeks leading up to Saturday, but Anderson Silva fired back. The two exchanged many words, and would settle their differences in the Octagon once more.

The co-main event was not a dud by any means, as Tito Ortiz would step into the Octagon one final time to end his trilogy with the always tough Forrest Griffin.

Four other bouts filed out the main card, including Patrick Cote making his return to the UFC against Cung Le, Demian Maia making his debut at welterweight against Dong Hyun Kim, Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie, and bantamweights Ivan Menjivar and Mike Easton going toe-to-toe.

An additional five preliminary fights rounded out the card on both FX and Facebook.

Silva overcomes, TKOs Sonnen in round two

The most anticipated fight in UFC history went down on Saturday, as Anderson Silva defended his middleweight belt once again against rival Chael Sonnen.

Fans from all over the world packed the arena for this fight, with chants of USA and Silva flowing throughout.

Similar to the first meeting, Sonnen came out like a wild man and easily took Silva down 10 seconds into the fight. “The American Gangster” stayed in his comfort zone, and delivered the same game plan as before by grinding out the champion on the ground for over four minutes.

After a round of action, it appeared the fight would go to Sonnen all the way, but “The Spider” had something to say about that.

Sonnen came out looking for a takedown again, but Silva showed better takedown defense and kept the fight standing. Whenever Sonnen rushed in, Silva would pick his shots and look to find opening to work his striking. After dropping his opponent, Silva landed a brutal knee to the body, which started the onslaught. From there he landed a straight punch, and followed up with several more to force a stoppage.

The best fighter in the world showed his dominance again, and showed gratitude towards Sonnen even after all they’ve been through.

Griffin ends trilogy with Ortiz by decision 

This fight featured the last time fans will witness former UFC light heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz inside the Octagon, as “The Peoples Champ” took on Forrest Griffin for the third time.

The previous meetings between the two were very close fights, and this one was no different.

Ortiz had a strong showing in round one, but the faster fighter Griffin threw many strikes in the round also.

The Hall of Famer came back with another solid round, dropping Griffin, but The Ultimate Fighter winner showed adversity and got back up. Midway through, the two men got into exchange that really ignited the Vegas crowd.

In the final round, Ortiz appeared to be slowing down, but wasn’t going to let up in his final round in the Octagon. Griffin did a solid job on the feet, until a takedown was landed by Ortiz. Another close round ended the bout between the two light heavyweights.

All three judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Griffin by unanimous decision.

After the fight, Griffin got on the mic and showed his condolences to Ortiz for the career he has had in the UFC.

Le outstrikes Cote in decision win

The first middleweight main card fight featured Patrick Cote making his return to the Octagon to take on striking icon Cung Le.

Round one was a bit slow paced, but Le played the aggressor role. By staying sharp with his kicks and keeping Cote at bay, the 40-year-old earned the opening round.

The Canadian Cote came forward more in the second, but Le had answered back after every punch Cote landed. A close, bloody second round between the two strikers.

The fight was up for grabs in the final round, but with two takedowns landed, Le made a case for why he deserved the decision win. Nevertheless, it was a very close fight between two middleweight warriors.

All three judges saw it unanimous for Le, who picks up his first UFC win at 40 years old.

Kim falters to injury, allowing Maia to claim the win

Demian Maia made his debut at welterweight at UFC 148, and picked up his first victory at the new weight class due to an injury by Dong Hyun Kim.

Maia came out and went for the takedown instantly. In an unfortunate event, an injury occurred to the ribs of Kim, causing the bout to be stopped.

Mendes gets back to winning ways by knocking out McKenzie 

Guillotine choke specialist Cody McKenzie faltered in his featherweight debut and was put away by Chad “Money” Mendes in the opening round.

The Team Alpha Male fighter had a reach disadvantage, but caught a leg and hit McKenzie with a body shot. From there he pounced on his opponent to force the referee to stop the bout.

Easton moves to 3-0 in UFC with win over Menjivar

The first fight on pay-per-view featured two rising bantamweights as Ivan Menjivar took on “The Hulk” Mike Easton.

The two 135-pound fighters slugged it out in round one, with both getting their share of strikes in. Many kicks were utilized in the closely contested frame.

Round two was similar to the first, with the bout dead even in terms of striking.

After a spinning kick missed by Menjivar, Easton landed the first takedown of the fight. “The Hulk” stayed in the guard of his opponent and landed some shots before the two got back to their feet.

Due to more total strikes and constant pressure, Easton was declared the winner by unanimous decision.

Preliminary Card Summary

The FX feature fight pitted Melvin Guillard and Fabricio Camoes, as the two went the distance. With improved submission defense, Guillard got back in the win column by unanimous decision.

You may not be familiar or know how to say Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the 23-year-old Russian is undefeated, and added to his total by taking a controversial decision win over Brazilian Gleison Tibau.

Costa Philippou has turned into a fighter to look out for in the middleweight, and stated his case on Saturday by defeating Riki Fukuda by unanimous decision.

Two lightweights who looked to get back on track squared off next, with Shane Roller using his NCAA wrestling background to pick up a much needed decision win over veteran John Alessio.

In a Facebook prelim bout, Yoislandy Izquierdo and Rafaello Oliveira opened up the star-studded event. “Tractor” controlled Izquierdo throughout the fight, and earned a unanimous decision victory.

FULL RESULTS

Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:55 to retain the UFC middleweight title
Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cung Le def. Patrick Cote by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim by TKO (injury). Round 1, 0:47
Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:31
Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Melvin Guillard def. Fabricio Camoes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau by unanimous 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)
Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Photo: Anderson Silva (MMAFighting)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.