“UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen” took place Saturday night inside Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Middleweight king Anderson Silva had his prayers answered in the 5thRound when he wrapped his lanky limbs around Chael Sonnen’s neck to secure a dramatic come-from-behind triangle armbar submission victory.
Dennis Hallman Defeated Ben Saunders via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Stefan Struve Defeated Christian Morecraft via TKO (Punches) at 0:23 in the 2ndRound
Tim Boetsch Defeated Todd Brown via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Johny Hendricks Defeated Charlie Brenneman via TKO (Punches) at 0:40 in the 2ndRound
Phil Davis Defeated Rodney Wallace via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Rick Story Defeated Dustin Hazelett via TKO (Punches) at 1:15 in the 2ndRound
Junior dos Santos Defeated Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision (30-26 , 30-27 , 30-27)
Matt Hughes Defeated Ricardo Almeida via Submission (Front Headlock) at 3:15 in the 1stRound
Clay Guida Defeated Rafael dos Anjos via Submission at 1:51 in the 3rdRound
Jon Fitch Defeated Jon Fitch via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Anderson Silva Defeated Chael Sonnen via Submission (Triangle Armbar) at 3:10 of the 5thRound
(Silva remains UFC middleweight champion)
Fight of the Night:
Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen ($60,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Anderson Silva ($60,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Stefan Struve ($60,000)
UFC president Dana White backs off Thursday’s promise that the winner of the welterweight rematch between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves would move on to face the rumored UFC 124 championship scrap between division king Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck.
White has now taken on the “we’ll see” approach despite Fitch’s 2-0 mark against the talented Brazilian. It’s likely the promoter wants to see how Jake Shields fares against Martin Kampmann in his Octagon debut at UFC 121. An explosive victory by the former Strikeforce middleweight champ could very well leapfrog him into a title match.
Fitch was asked about the possibility of having to face Kos – his fellow American Kickboxing Academy teammate – for the title, but wasn’t thinking about anything past his wedding in a few weeks.
Junior dos Santos, on the other hand, had his heavyweight top contender spot confirmed. So, expect for the Brazilian to be watching the main event at UFC 121 between champ Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez VERY carefully.
Sonnen graciously accepted defeat and was already pushing for a rematch. He reiterated his desires to only compete for titles, even jokingly suggesting he would starve himself in order to challenge 145-pound WEC champion Jose Aldo for his title.
Sonnen refused to apologize for anything he said to hype the fight.
Silva admitted he needed to go all out in the 5thRound and was relieved to leave Oaktown with his belt in tow. He said he wanted to get a submission win to honor the Nogueira Brothers, who awarded him his black belt him Brazilian jiu jitsu many moons ago.
Sonnen had previously claimed a BJJ black belt from the Nog Bros was equivalent to the free toy you receive in your Happy Meal.