On Aug. 7, the much anticipated bout between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and former Oregon Republican House nominee Chael Sonnen will take place. Not only is the main event worthy of the publicity it is garnering; the event itself is stacked with stars and big match-ups. UFC 117 is one of the best cards from top to bottom in the history of the world’s premier MMA organization.
Most Main Events include trash talking but this fight has taken it to another level. Most opponents of Anderson Silva do not fall into the trap. They do not want to wake the sleeping giant. However, Sonnen, who recently bowed out of the Oregon House race where he won the Republican Primary, has been outspoken regarding his distaste for Silva’s theatrics and has went as far to say he will force Silva to retire.
There is little doubt that Sonnen will push the pace and attempt to get inside of the quick and lethal Silva. He will try to do what few have been able to accomplish-get Silva on the ground and control him. The fact is the only chance Sonnen has is to get The Spider on the ground and pound him. If the fight stays in the stand up, Silva’s length and quickness are too much for any fighter on the planet. Most fighters talk a little trash to help promote the fight but one can easily tell the bravado is false, with Sonnen his confidence is genuine. Can he stun the world on August 7 ?
Silva is the most decorated champion in UFC history having successfully defended his title seven times. In those defenses, Silva has defeated the likes of Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin. Silva also jumped up to the 205 weight class where he had an all-time knockout over James Irvin and dominated former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin.
Anderson is on a 12 fight winning streak overall with 11 of those coming in the UFC. Like him or not, Silva’s hand speed and accurate striking is the best in all of MMA. On top of that he is well versed on his back. Many fans are stating that if Sonnen gets the top position, the fight is over. That is highly presumptuous as Silva can defend submissions with the best of them. The good news for impartial fans is that Sonnen will push the pace which will halt the embarrassing dancing and theatrics of Silva. The bad news for Sonnen fans is that when fighters push forward against The Spider-they get dropped. Will The Spider inject his venom?
Main Event: Sonnen will go at Silva like few others have and there is a good chance he will have early success. The Oakland, CA crowd will be in a frenzy but it will be short lived. Silva, like he did with Dan Henderson, will lose the 1st round but get the victory in the 2nd. Against Sonnen it will come via TKO due to strikes.
Jon Fitch 22-3 vs. Thiago Alves 16-6: Jon Fitch first faced Thiago Alves at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5. In that bout Fitch got the victory via TKO due to strikes in the second round. Alves has improved dramatically since that fight. The rematch was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 111 but Alves was pulled due to a pre-fight cat scan that revealed what was described as a brain irregularity. Alves had a procedure to correct the issue and has been cleared. Fitch is one of the most underrated fighters in the history of the UFC. In the Octagon, Fitch has compiled an impressive 12-1 record with his only loss coming to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre. Fitch’s technical skills will be too much for the dangerous Alves. Fitch gets the victory via UD.
Clay Guida 26-8 vs. Rafael Dos Anjos 14-4: This should be an entertaining fight between two very skilled and energetic fighters. Guida is non-stop movement and aggression while Dos Anjos is a skilled submission fighter. In the end Guida’s energy and submission defense will be the difference. Guida via UD.
Matt Hughes 45-7 vs. Ricardo Almeida 12-3: One of the UFC’s greatest champions will have a tough test against The Big Dog Ricardo Almeida. Hughes has looked very good in his last two victories (Matt Serra and Renzo Gracie).
He has developed his game over his career and still has his sights on the biggest fights in the UFC’s Welterweight Division. Almeida recently dropped from middleweight to welterweight. His first fight at 170 came against Matt Brown where he captured the victory via submission due to a RNC. This should be a great fight but Hughes’ low center of gravity should allow him use his tremendous wrestling skills and get the victory via UD.
Roy Nelson 16-4 vs. Junior Dos Santos 11-1: A very intriguing heavyweight bout which will place the winner on the short list for a title shot. Nelson is a great grappler who uses his substantial belly to his advantage. However, Dos Santos is an elite striker who is on a six fight winning streak. Cigano’s grappling skills should be enough to offset Nelson’s girth which will allow him to win the fight on his feet. Dos Santos gets the victory via TKO due to strikes in the second round.
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