Marshall Art returns to give his expert analysis on tonight's live UFC action from Las Vegas.

In mere hours, the next chapter in MMA's greatest rivalry will be written. Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva will meet in the middle of the Octagon in what is surely MMA's showpiece event of the year.

Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva

Not a great deal has changed from the first fight, to the point where Anderson is once again fighting injured. This is also the first time I've seen a truly enraged Silva, and this will likely favour his Sonnen who has done a fantastic job getting in his opponent's head.

Given the odds, there are only two bets worth looking at. This is far more of a ‘pick 'em' fight than the bookies would have you believe, so Chael being 7-2 (Bet365 & Paddy Power) to win by decision sounds like value to me.

Also worth a look is this fight to win the fight of the night award. If it's even vaguely like the first, it should be a great fight, and with nothing else particularly show stopping on the card, it's worth a shout at 5-2 (Sportingbet)

Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz

Our co-main event of the evening is the culmination of a trilogy, and of Tito's UFC career.

Unfortunately for him, this isn't a fight I see him winning. His cardio is in question more and more as every minute ticks by and Forrest should be able to take the latter two rounds, if not the first also. Griffin won't have to do too much to win this fight. Keeping his distance, picking his strikes and stuffing the ever-tiring shots of Ortiz should be enough.

I don't see him having the power to knock Ortiz out and I don't foresee too much ground action so Griffin by decision (Evens, Ladbrokes) is the best option.

Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote

Finally we have a fight where nobody is choosing a winner. It's much easier to pick which fighter you think will lose. Patrick Cote has never been an outstanding fighter, but he has power, solid boxing and a great chin. This should be enough to see off Le, who was finished by a completely shot Wanderlei in his last fight.

Cote will connect with a power shot at some point, and it'll be enough to turn Le's lights out. Cote by knockout (6-4, Skybet)

1 Comment
  1. Joe Knotts 8 years ago

    Kell Brook fight just finished. The boy has good skills but stamina has to be questioned. Carson Jones is a walk forward slugger but had Brook rocking more than once. Brook looked jaded after 7 rounds and will have to improve if world title fight is to come next as expected.

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