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Why You Should Watch UFC 148: Silva VS Sonnen II

One of the biggest MMA fights of the year is taking place July 7th on the UFC 148 card in Las Vegas.  One of the longest running championship reigns in the UFC is being challenged.  Also the most charismatic figure in MMA  is in this fight.  UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will defend his title against Chael Sonnen in their second battle.  Their first fight took place on August 7th, 2010.  It was an incredible fight and one of the best fights in 2010.  Anderson Silva was losing the fight going into the 5th and final round when he was able to submit Sonnen with less than 2 minutes remaining in the fight.  It was a fight that caused many to demand a rematch.

Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at a press conference.
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It has been almost 2 years since their first battle.  Many things have happened in the last couple of years to make it difficult for this fight to take place.  In 2011 Chael Sonnen was dealing with a legal battle involving fraudulent use of his real estate license from 2006.  That issue resulted in Sonnen losing his real estate license.  Almost immediately after that problem was over Sonnen had controversy with the California State Athletic Commission for using PED’s.  It was shown through urinalysis that Sonnen had elevated levels of testosterone during the fight on the 7th of August, 2010.  He was suspended and the rematch was put on hold.  He was recently cleared by the commission and the fight was finally scheduled.

Originally the fight was to take place in Brazil, in Silva’s home country.  The President of the UFC Dana White wanted to have the event held in a big soccer stadium in the country.  It would have made for great visuals and would have made the event very memorable.  Unfortunately the United Nations will be holding a convention in Brazil in July as well.  It was not in Brazil’s or the UFC’s favor to have both events there at the same time.  The UFC 148 show was moved to Las Vegas a couple of months ago to solve the scheduling conflict.

Chael Sonnen holds a record of 27 wins and 11 loses and has a good all around fight game.  Sonnen is not only an incredible fighter but also has the talking ability the world of MMA has never seen before.  He has cut some of the best promos seen in the UFC.  Sonnen has a very pro wrestling style of talking up the fights and that is what the sport needs more of.  It makes the fights feel like big events and is a very entertaining way of promotion for the events.  He is a one of a kind talent that could do very well as a champion for the UFC  and draw big PPV numbers.

Anderson Silva is a completely different man.  Silva is quiet and too himself, the language barrier does not help him being marketable in the US either.  Silva hold s a record of 35 wins and 4 loses.  He has been a UFC Champion since October of 2006 when he defeated Rich Franklin for the middle wieght title.   Silva is a great stand up fighter with good submission skills.  He has dominated most of his fights in the last 6 years.  There have been times however when matched up against lesser fighters where he has settled into a groove during the fight and not been very aggressive.  Sonnen showed in the first fight that he can get Silva out of that groove and make him fight.

Chael Sonnen pushing Anderson Silva to the limit during their 1st fight on August 7th,2010.
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This fight will probably be the best selling fight of the year for the UFC on PPV.  Some are predicting more than 1 million PPV buys.  I expect it to be a great fight, maybe even better than their first contest.  I predict that Sonnen will win the fight via decision in 5 rounds.  No matter who wins we will have great stories coming out of this fight.  Either we will see Silva further cement his place as the best fighter in the UFC or we see their most charismatic champion ever.  I think Sonnen winning would be a better outcome for the UFC.  Sonnen has the potential to be one of their biggest PPV drawing buys since George St. Pierre and Brock Lesnar.  The time to find out who takes this rematch is almost here and the fans and the MMA world can wait for it any longer.

UFC Needs To Get Rid Of Overeem

Alistair Overeem
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The UFC’s now former Heavyweight Title Contender has been nothing but a headache for them and now its time for him to go!  UFC President Dana White tweeted on Friday that he is out of his main event title shot against the champion Junior Dos Santos at next months UFC 146.  Overeem was to be suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following a failed surprise drug test last month.  The test came back with high levels of testosterone.  Overeem was appealing the suspension and is set to have a hearing for that appeal on Tuesday.  In the short term,  it does not matter anymore now that he has been removed from the fight regardless of the results on Tuesday.

Overeem was a fighter that was successful in Japan during the Pride era.  As we have come to find out in the years since the company folded, many of the fights were fixed and there was a very laughable drug testing program if it even existed at all.  So his fight record is shady to say the least.  Overeem had a deal with the Strikeforce promotion when the UFC acquired it last year.

He has been a decent fighter in recent years, but the drug testing problems and the stalling he has done to keep from taking them have been major issues.  He clearly used steroids earlier in his career.  Like most fighters who have done so, he needs testosterone to bring his levels back up to the regular levels.  As a result he is testing for high levels of testosterone.  His argument for Tuesdays hearing is that he needs to boost his testosterone levels to compete because his levels are low.

The testosterone issue is becoming greater and the UFC needs to police itself better when it comes to drug testing.  If this keeps coming up it could destroy the UFC pretty fast.  As of right now they rely on the state athletic commission to test their fighters.  The testing the commission does is very predictable and not efficient enough.  The UFC has lost too many fights over problems like this.

I think its great Dana White has done something about this problem and Overeem on his own.  I totally understand that they do not want him as champion. He is not reliable and there are way too many problems they would be letting into the organization.  I think the UFC must do more, putting in people’s contracts that if they fail a certain number of tests would be a great start. I am tired of hearing the excuse of testosterone levels being too low and needing to take testosterone boosters to bring them up.  The bottom line is if you have used steroids and messed up you body you should not be allowed to fix it to fight and if you were born with low levels than you should fight clean or don’t fight at all.

The example needs to be set now with Overeem.  I am over his bullshit and don’t want to see him fight anymore.  He is a guy that clearly needs an advantage to fight at the UFC level.  He does not belong there and this incident is the latest that proves it.