In an attempt to increase buys for “UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II,” the organization will showcase six live fights during the July 7th pay-per-view broadcast.
Typical Octagon PPVs feature five live scraps, but the promotion decided to give the bantamweight bout between Mike Easton (Pictured) and Ivan Menjivar the bump. The bad news for MMA fans, that 135-pound affair was originally going to air for free on FX.
In any event, the show’s main attraction between middleweight king Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is all anyone is talking about after the injury bug did a number on its roster and that of UFC 149.
Instead of a bantamweight title tilt between champion Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber serving as the co-main event, or even Faber battling Renan Barao for the interim crown, the trilogy between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin is now receiving second-to-top billing.
At one point, UFC 148 was challenging to be one of the organization’s most star-studded lineups ever assembled. Now it is simply known for hosting the most anticipated middleweight rematch in history, which just might be worth the $54.95 price tag by itself.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the fiesta.
Here is the card’s revised agenda:
Yoislandy Izquierdo vs. Rafaello Oliveira
(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Shane Roller vs. John Alessio
Riki Fukuda vs. Constantinos Philippou
Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes
Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton
Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie
Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote
Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin
Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva (UFC middleweight champion)