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UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen

UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen

  • Chael Sonnen walks to his corner after the fourth round during a middleweight championship fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117 on Saturday in Oakland, Calif.. Silva won by submission in the fifth round.

    Despite loss, Chael Sonnen backed up the talk at UFC 117

    August 8, 2010

    Prior to Saturday night at Oracle Arena, a lot of people thought UFC 117 would be nothing more than the end of Chael Sonnen’s 15 minutes of fame. His trash talk toward Anderson Silva during the past seven months had no doubt been entertaining — but talk doesn’t mean much if you can’t back it up, and there was certainly no way Sonnen was backing up his. But then something happened few expected.

  • Jon Fitch, top, punches Thiago Alves at UFC 117 on Saturday in Oakland, Calif.. Fitch won by unanimous decision.

    Jon Fitch stays quiet on fighting Josh Koscheck

    August 8, 2010

    Jon Fitch took out yet another top UFC welterweight Saturday, scoring a unanimous decision win over Thiago Alves at the Oracle Arena. Following the win, the elephant in the room was clearly sitting next to Fitch during the post-fight press conference, as he refused to get into the touchy subject of a potential meeting between he and teammate Josh Koscheck.

  • Anderson Silva, center left, and Chael Sonnen face off at a weigh-in event Friday in Oakland, Calif. Silva and Sonnen will fight for Silva's UFC middleweight title at UFC 117 on Saturday.

    UFC 117 weigh-in blog: Thiago Alves misses weight

    August 6, 2010

    Every fighter on the UFC 117 card but one made weight Friday at the Oracle Arena. Unsurprisingly, the one who missed the mark was Thiago Alves.

  • Anderson Silva holds a pretend microphone during interviews with the media in Philadelphia, Penn.

    Anderson Silva offers no apology for recent performances

    August 6, 2010

    Chael Sonnen has hurled just about every insult possible toward Anderson Silva, who he fights for the UFC middleweight title Saturday. But in addition to insulting the defending champion, Sonnen may have done him a favor.

  • UFC President Dana White talks with the media during a press conference.

    Dana White talks Silva, Sonnen and Bones Jones

    August 5, 2010

    The UFC held its pre-fight press conference Thursday in the buildup to this weekend’s middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. President Dana White is known for sitting down and answering all questions regarding MMA. Here are a few highlights.

  • Junior Dos Santos looks to finish Gabriel Gonzaga during their heavyweight bout at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo. on March 21, 2010. Dos Santos won the fight by knockout.

    Breaking down UFC 117: Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson

    August 4, 2010

    At 26 years old and standing just one win away from a shot at the UFC heavyweight title, Junior Dos Santos knows he’s had an accelerated path through mixed martial arts. But the thought of competing for a UFC belt this early in his career does anything but intimidate Dos Santos.

  • UFC's Anderson Silva talks with other fighters at an open workout session at the MGM Grand.

    Anderson Silva shares his philosophy on fighting with teammate

    August 3, 2010

    Anderson Silva spent a lot of time with fellow middleweight fighter Mark Munoz during his preparations for an Aug. 7 title fight against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117. During their time together, Munoz says, the controversial fighter shared with him his philosophy on fighting inside the UFC octagon.

  • Middleweight fighter Chael Sonnen listens to a reporter's question during an interview at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

    Chael Sonnen: I’ve accomplished more in MMA than Anderson Silva

    July 27, 2010

    Anderson Silva believes the best way to promote a fight is to let his talent and accomplishments in mixed martial arts speak for themselves. The man he's slated to fight Aug. 7 in Oakland, Calif., has a different approach.

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    UFC Heavyweight Roy Nelson

  • UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson hits the pads during a workout July 28, 2010. Nelson will face Junior dos Santos on August 7th in a number one contender eliminator bout.

    Roy Nelson one hard fight away from UFC title shot

    August 2, 2010

    According to Roy Nelson, there was no question mark at the end of the text message UFC matchmaker Joe Silva sent him regarding an Aug. 7 fight with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 117. The UFC needed an opponent for the rising heavyweight prospect and was done taking no for an answer.