Two titles on the line at July 7 show in Las Vegas
UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 will take place July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event is the highly anticipated rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his arch rival, Chael Sonnen. In the co-main event, bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz puts his belt on the line against Urijah Faber in the third fight between the two current coaches of “The Ultimate Fighter LIVE.”
Tickets to the general public go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. Eastern, and subscribers to the UFC‘s newsletter can get tickets early on Thursday at 9 a.m. with their presale password. Tickets for UFC 148 are priced at $125, $250, $400, $600, $850 and $1,200, plus fees. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the MGM Grand box office on Thursday and Friday, but Fight Club members can get their tickets through ufcfightclub.com.
The UFC 148 card has seen some recent changes. The Silva-Sonnen rematch from their UFC 117 title fight originally was planned for UFC 147 in a soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Silva’s home country. But complications arose when a United Nations conference was booked in Rio the same week. Last week, UFC president Dana White announced the plug had to be pulled on the soccer stadium and that the Silva-Sonnen fight would be moved to Las Vegas. That changed bumped the Cruz-Faber bantamweight title fight down to co-main event status.
Also on the main card, Tito Ortiz will have what likely will be his retirement fight when he meets Forrest Griffin in the rubber match of their trilogy. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin meets former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le. And former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia drops to welterweight for the first time and will meet Dong Hyun Kim. A middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch that originally was planned for the card, according to a report from MMA Junkie, has been moved to UFC 149 on July 21 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.