UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II is an upcoming mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view event promoted by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on July 7, 2012. The card will feature six televised MMA bouts on pay-per-view, as well as five preliminary bouts. It is the seventeenth UFC event of the year and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The card's main event features the UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva defending the title against Chael Sonnen. The co-main event is a rubber match between Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz.
Urijah Faber was expected to challenge Dominick Cruz for the UFC Bantamweight Championship in the co-main event, following their stint as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, but a torn ACL forced Cruz off the card.
Silva vs. Sonnen I won fight of the year at the 2010 World MMA Awards Faber was then expected to face replacement Renan Barão for the Interim Bantamweight Championship, but that fight was moved to the main event of UFC 149 in Calgary. Barão was originally scheduled to fight Ivan Menjivar on the UFC 148 preliminary card. Menjivar's new opponent is Mike Easton.
Also on the card is a long-awaited rubber match between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin. Each fighter has defeated the other in their two prior meetings; Ortiz won the first bout at UFC 59 and Griffin won the rematch at UFC 106. Both fights ended in a split decision. After 15 years in the UFC, Ortiz plans to retire after this fight. He is 1-6-1 in his last eight fights, his last win over Ryan Bader at UFC 132 in July 2011. Before that, Ortiz hadn't won since 2006.
Rich Franklin was expected to return to middleweight in a bout against Cung Le. However, due to an injury to UFC 147 headliner Vitor Belfort, Franklin was pulled from the bout with Le to replace Belfort in rematch against Wanderlei Silva. Le is now scheduled to face veteran Patrick Côté. This will be Le's second fight in the UFC, after losing his first to Wanderlei Silva by TKO at UFC 139. Côté is returning to the UFC after last losing a decision to Tom Lawlor at UFC 121 in October 2010. He is on a four fight win streak, with no losses since leaving the UFC.