Found July 07, 2012 on hov-mma:



• While many will argue that Anderson Silva was not himself due to a rib injury the first time these two fought I believe that the true reason Sonnen dominated the fight should be disclosed. Put facial hair on Anderson Silva and he vaguely resembles Wayne Brady. Who wouldn't want to beat him up for 23 straight minutes?

• All (awful) jokes aside, everyone has it wrong, Anderson Silva is inside Chael Sonnen's head. In a big, big way.

• Tito Ortiz will retire tonight after his 27th fight in the UFC. Not that many people will ever say they got to fight that long against the best of the best. 12 of those fights came against five opponents (Shamrock, Griffin, Mezger, Evans, Liddell).

• Griffin should have no problem finishing Ortiz tonight if he uses his kicks early and often. The body of Ortiz has just taken too much "Punishment" over the years. Hit him in that big noggin all you want. A couple of those deadly Griffin kicks to the body and its curtains for Tito.

• If Chael Sonnen does defeat Anderson Silva expect a heartfelt speech mentioning his father.

• Sonnen has been submitted by three fighters on this card. Of course Silva in their first meeting, Griffin (whom Silva beat in impressive fashion), and Maia (who Silva beat in not so impressive fashion).

• If Cody McKenzie beats Chad Mendes then we could very well see an increase in dudes ranked outside of lower ranked guys getting a shot at fighters coming off unsuccessful title shots. I'm all for it.

• Expect Anderson Silva to pull out some capoiera/Michael Jackson stuff out of his arsenal for tonight. Make no mistake about it, he is in control at all times.

• Two words that will be thrown around aplenty for the next week - Steven and Segal.

• Mike Easton will be a "MMA" household name after tonight.

• If Maia can beat Kim in impressive fashion he will be closer to a title shot at 170 than you may think.

• Melvin Guillard is one bad loss away from being cut. This guy is the poster boy for wasting your talents.

• Cos Philippou is always a dark horse for KOTN honors.

• Shane Roller gets his walking papers if he loses to John Alessio tonight. Luckily for him he won't lose.

• Khabib Nurmagomedov may be the next big thing in the UFC Lightweight division.

• This card is now officially underway. Enjoy the fights everyone.


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