UFC 148 judges and referee announced for Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen rematch in Las Vegas

OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Chael Sonnen kicks Anderson Silva during the UFC Middleweight Championship bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Never let it go to the judges, but if you do, at least know who to blame when things run amok.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will finally pull off one of the most anticipated rematches in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) when reigning Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva puts his strap on the line against Chael Sonnen (again) at the UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

And veteran referee Yves Lavigne will be the third man.

That's according to Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer (via Sherdog.com), who also named Patricia Morse Jarman, Junichirio Kamijo and Chris Lee as judges for the five-round affair. Not to play conspiracy theorist, but Jarman and Kamijo picked Carlos Condit over Nick Diaz at UFC 143.

That's only a "red flag" if you thought Diaz won the fight.

Sonnen was just a few short minutes away from defeating Silva at UFC 117 back in August 2010, beating the silk out of "The Spider" for four-and-a-half rounds.

Then, with victory in sight, he choked (literally) when plopping into his opponent's guard -- and right into an airtight triangle. A drug test suspension for TRT overload promptly put him on the shelf for six months after the loss.

He rebounded at UFC 136 by tapping out Brian Stann before co-headlining UFC on FOX 2 opposite Michael Bisping, narrowly squeaking past "The Count" via unanimous decision.

In his absence, Silva embarrassed Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 in Las Vegas and Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in "Rio." Now, the rematch is set and all the pieces are in play.

Predictions?

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