UFC 148 Co-Main Event Live Streaming Pre-Fight Press Conference Coverage 7/5/12
If the first pre-fight press forum for UFC 148 last Tuesday wasn’t enough for fight fans to get their fix on their UFC heroes, we’ll be in for a treat as the second installment will happen at Encore XS in Las Vegas where this time, the stage and spotlight will be focused on the other participants in the co-main events. Cung Le, Patrick Cote, Forrest Griffin, and the future hall of famer Tito Ortiz will be joined by Jon Anik who will facilitate the proceedings.
Now it completely makes sense to have two pressers for this Saturday’s card! Had there been only one, the presence of the two in the main event (Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen) would have surely shadowed the others in the card; particularly for the combatants in the two co-main events. If you missed the action that happened in the first conference, click here.
FORREST GRIFFIN VS TITO ORTIZ
As he enters the octagon for the final time in his 15-year career, Tito Ortiz intends to head towards the sunset with a final and solidified victory over an adversary he has an equal score with in the person of Forrest Griffin. This rubber match is the tie-breaker that sets the record straight once and for all. No more encore performances. No more curtain calls. No more controversies as to who should’ve won. Just a final hurtful slugging with only one veteran’s
arm raised high in the sky.
Ortiz has had a tremendous journey in the Ultimate Fighting Championship from when the sport began. His classic clashes against the likes of Ken Shamrock, Chuck Liddell, and even UFC President Dana White have made him one of the most recognized, favored, and loved villains of the sport which garnered him the title “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy”.
No stranger to his tactics of ground and pound, Griffin poses a great threat to the future hall of famer.
With his tremendous striking power and untiring pace, the first ultimate fighter winner will want to prove to the world that he’s still in the game and in his prime. Putting out Ortiz may remind fanatics that the former is no walk in the park and doesn’t hand out free lunches to his opponents. Griffin will definitely look bad in the eyes of many for not allowing the retiree have his way, but then again, this is still a fight after all. Griffin will need to bring everything out, including the kitchen sink, to surpass the insurmountable determination and support from “The People’s Champ” as he defends his legacy from going down with another loss.
Be it his last time to impress the accolades of the company, Ortiz will have his back against the wall like a cornered animal fighting for survival against a predator. With strong emotions packed in every punch or kick, surrendering will not be a part of his agenda inside the cage. Focused on achieving his final barrage to glory, Ortiz will step inside to face the last man across him. Once the fight is called and concluded, he will step out as truly “The King of the Ring”…
Way to go, Champ! We shall miss you…
CUNG LE VS PATRICK COTE
Here’s a fight between two of the most persistent, resilient, and creative strikers in the sport today. Both are “coming back” as you might say. Cung Le is planning on avenging his first loss in the UFC against Wanderlei Silva late last year; while Patrick Cote is welcomed back into the organization after stringing together a 4-win streak in other leagues.
Le, with his explosive and dynamic strikes (particularly his kicks where you thought you could only see them in movies), has dominated the middleweight division in Strikeforce and even put on a showing against Frank Shamrock which blessed him with the championship belt. In his bout against “The Axe Murderer”, he still exhibited the wild kicking powers he’s become famous and known for.
Opposite Le is the in-and-out of the UFC veteran in the person of Patrick Cote.
“The Predator” has a lot to gain should he win in this fight. After all, with a record of 4 wins and 7 losses in the UFC (these 7 are his only flaws and are all within the UFC), Cote plans on proving that he is still part of the cream of the crop. He may have a long way to go to prove that he is top-notch; however, having him fight in other companies is just a waste of great talent as he just demolishes the competition outside.
Without Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen present for this conference, Jon Anik and the rest of the MMA media will be able to shed some light on these other phenomenal world-class athletes as they head to UFC 148 this Saturday.
Check the video below for the live streaming at 2PM ET / 11AM PT on July 5, 2012.
For the freshest and up-to-the-minute updates on UFC 148, do check Nerdles.com for “UFC 148: Silva Vs Sonnen 2″ as the actions happens at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 7, Saturday at 7PM/PT, 10PM/ET. Follow me on Twitter (@DJHeinie666) or wait for my play-by-play feature article to know latest.
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