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Anderson “The Spider” Silva will take on Chael P. Sonnen tonight at UFC 148. I can’t wait. As long as Silva can stop Sonnen’s take downs (and that’s a big if), he will dominate this fight on the feet. If Silva can’t stop Sonnen from slamming him in to the cage, I still believe he will find a way to end Sonnen’s night on the ground. May the best man win. PREDICTION: Silva by KO in the first.

Two old favorites in the UFC will battle it out for the third time. Tito “The Peoples Champ” Ortiz and Forest Griffin will step in to the octagon for the co-main event of the night. I believe Forest is on a whole different level and as long as he can weather the storm in the first couple minutes against a predictable Tito offensive, he should pick up another decision win. PREDICTION: Griffin by decision.

Demian Maia will have no easy introduction in to the Welter weight division against Dong “Stun Gun” Hyun Kim. Maia has improved his boxing but Kim’s is at a different level in my opinion. At the same time Maia’s jujitsu is one of the best in the UFC. I see this fight staying on the feet and Kim walking away with a close decision. PREDICTION: Kim by decision.

Patrick “The Predator” Cote is going to fight Cung Le in a bout that is critical for both fighter’s careers in the UFC. Cote is freshly back in the UFC and needs an impressive win to keep it that way. Le is coming off a TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva in his UFC debut and also needs a strong performance to remain relevant in the UFC’s dangerous middleweight division. I say Cote will get inside Le’s long ranging strikes and make quick work of him. Le at the age of 40 is too old and slow. He won’t have an answer for Cote’s boxing which I believe is still a dangerous factor in the world of MMA. PREDICITON: Cote by TKO.

Chad “Money” Mendes will look to bounce back from his loss against Jose Aldo when he steps in to the cage against brawler and guillotine mad man Cody Mckenzie. Look to see Mendes utilize takedown defense to avoid the ground altogether, nullifying Mckenzie’s one dangerous submission move as he smashes his way to an easy victory. Prediction: Mendes by TKO.

Ivan “Pride of El Salvador” Menjivar will face Mike “The Hulk” Easton in the first bought on the main card. This one seems to be flying under the radar on an already stacked card. To be fair, most people are focusing on the main event. Look for Easton to come out strong with tenacious boxing and powerful wrestling while Menjivar attempts to stay on the outside and pick apart his ferocious opponent.

Some cool MMA trivia: Menjivar at an early point in his career fought George St. Pierre, Matt Serra, Urijah Faber, Caol Uno, and Joe Lauzon. Unfortunately he only beat Lauzon on that list but none of this takes away from the experience he has accrued against top ranked opponents and his current three fight win streak in the UFC.

Easton is riding a two fight win streak in the UFC and may not have fought as high a caliber of fighters as Menjivar. To date, he has only lost once in his career and seems to have stayed closer to his weight class, unlike his opponent who must have been extremely undersized when he fought GSP. I’m predicting Menjivar will frustrate Easton with solid movement along the perimeter and will eek out a decision victory. Prediction: Menjivar by decision.

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