The middleweight rematch between UFC champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is so highly anticipated that the 185-pounders got their very own press conference to promote Saturday’s scrap.
To ensure Tito Ortiz (Pictured) gets his share of the spotlight as he enters his final Octagon foray, the UFC has arranged a second pre-fight presser for “The People’s Champ” and opponent Forrest Griffin at Encore’s XS Nightclub at 2PM ET/11AM PT.
Cung Le and Patrick Cote will also be at the podium. UFC commentator Jon Anik hosts Thursday’s gathering.
Today’s festivities are free and open to the public.
Ortiz will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on Saturday, just hours before he completes his trilogy against the former “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner.
The light heavyweights co-headline this weekend’s pay-per-view broadcast.
Please click the media player below to watch the press conference:
Here is UFC 148‘s official lineup:
(Facebook 7:25PM ET/4:25PM PT)
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)