Anderson Silva, Chad Mendes and Cung Le: Three stars from UFC 148

Maggie Hendricks

UFC 148 ended with another great performance by the world's greatest fighter. Before that, the exciting performances were few and far between. Read on for Cagewriter's Three Stars, and tell us yours in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

No. 1 star -- Anderson Silva: The UFC middleweight champ did two things right to hold onto his belt. First, he kept Chael Sonnen from taking advantage of his top position in the first round. Sonnen was in full mount near the end of the round, and Silva was able to keep Sonnen from taking advantage right then. Secondly, he took advantage when Sonnen made a mistake in the second round, using a precise knee and relentless striking to end the fight.

No. 2 star -- Chad Mendes: After a preliminary card filled with not-so-thrilling decisions, Mendes delivered with a knockout of Cody McKenzie in less than a minute. It was exactly what the card needed.

No. 3 star -- Cung Le: At 40, Le had starred in movies and earned big wins in Strikeforce, but no UFC wins. He fixed that on Saturday night, outkicking Patrick Cote on the way to a  decision win.

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