There’s been a lot of talk leading up to the UFC 117 showdown between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen – the majority of it from Sonnen. The time for talking is now over. The two are set to step in the Octagon at the Oracle Arena.
MMAWeekly.com is live in Oakland, Calif., to bring you all of the action round-by-round and bell-to-bell. The first preliminary bout is scheduled to begin at approximately 4:20 p.m. PT / 7:20 p.m. ET with the main event kicking off at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.
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UFC 117 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
-ANDERSON SILVA (26-4; #1 MIDDLEWEIGHT & #5 LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT) VS. CHAEL SONNEN (24-10-1; #2 MIDDLEWEIGHT)
R1 – Sonnen comes right at Silva and eats a right hand. Silva is flipping back and forth between a right and left handed stance. Sonnen fires off a punch and drops Silva, who gets right back up. Sonnen pressing the pace now. Silva drops for a takedown, but Sonnen defends and they’re back on their feet. Sonnen is landing punches, Silva looks stunned, then Sonnen shoots in and takes him to the mat. Sonnen climbs up on top and starts ground and pounding Silva. He’s got Silva trapped like no one before him with half the round left. Silva goes to his knees and Sonnen takes his back. Silva turns to his own back, but Sonnen is on top of him, dropping bombs. Sonnen stands and drops a hard right that connects with Silva’s jaw. Sonnen is unloading punches. Silva is surviving, but he’s never been under this much pressure before. He manages to find the end of the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Sonnen
R2 – Silva comes out gunning with a left hand and a low kick, but Sonnen takes him down, once again putting him on his back. This time, Silva tries to pull Sonnen in tight and lock him up, trying not to give him any space to punch. Sonnen is clapping his hands against Silva’s head, then lifts his chest up and drops it down on Silva. Sonnen slips back a bit and Silva drives an elbow into the top of his head, but Sonnen now has some space and starts punching. Silva again tries to tie him up, but Sonnen is fighting through it and landing punches again. Sonnen postures up in Silva’s guard and tries to drop punches from there, but Silva is doing well to deflect most of them. Silva gets onto his knees, Sonnen at his back. Silva locks up one of Sonnen’s arms and then switches to a leg lock attempt, but the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Sonnen
R3 – Sonnen runs across the Octagon at Silva, but Silva avoids him. Silva lands a spinning back kick, but Sonnen shoots in and takes him down again. Silva has Sonnen’s left arm wrapped up though as Sonnen takes his back, driving knees into Silva’s thighs. He slips his arm free and starts punching Silva to the side of the head. Silva rolls out from under Sonnen and puts him in guard. Sonnen is landing short hammerfists while Silva is tying his arms up. Silva is doing a good job typing up Sonnen so he can’t get off anything with a lot of power, but he’s taking a lot of repeated blows and carrying Sonnen’s weight on top of him.
MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 for Sonnen
R4 – Sonnen again runs right at Silva and eats a left hand and then is dropped with a right. Silva then kicks him and lands more punches. Sonnen looks stunned and tries to drop down for a takedown, but Silva reverses position and puts Sonnen on his back for the first time in the fight. Sonnen somehow digs deep and turns Silva onto his back again. Sonnen is staying busy, trying to punch, while Silva is trying to swim through his arms and tie him up. Sonnen finds a home for his right hand, driving several into Silva’s jaw, but the champ is surviving, trying to find a way to counter Sonnen’s attacks.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Sonnen
Sonnen has a bad cut over his left eye.
R5 – Sonnen rushes again, but Silva shucks off his takedown attempt. But then Sonnen connects and drops Silva. Sonnen drops down on top of him and starts grinding away again. He postures up in Silva’s guard, dropping down punches. Silva is trying to fire off elbows from his back, but Sonnen is smothering him and landing short hammerfists and then pulling back and punching to the body. Silva locks on a triangle choke out of nowhere and referee Josh Rosenthal steps in. It’s not clear if Sonnen tapped or if Rosenthal just stopped the fight, but on the replay, it does appear that Sonnen was tapping.
Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen by Submission (Triangle Choke), R5
-JON FITCH (22-3; #2 WELTERWEIGHT) VS. THIAGO ALVES (16-6; #3 WELTERWEIGHT)
R1 – Fitch ties Alves up and then takes him to the mat, landing behind Alves and starting to work his hooks in. Alves defends the hooks, but Fitch maintains his clinch around Alves’ waist as they grapple along the fence. Fitch again tosses Alves to the mat, landing in side control. They scramble and this time Alves puts Fitch on his back and starts work from half guard. Alves stands and makes Fitch get back to his feet. They trade punches, Alves appearing to land the harder shot to the head, but Fitch landing several to the body. Alves moves in and clinches, but Fitch puts him back on the mat as the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Fitch
R2 – Fitch again does a good job timing Alves’ strikes and takes him down. He lands in a guillotine choke, but Alves quickly gives it up, realizing the finish isn’t there. Fitch presses him to the cage. Alves pushes him off with his feet, but Fitch immediately puts Alves right down on his back again. Fitch is doing what he does best, outwrestling Alves, smothering him, and pot-shotting with his ground and pound. Alves works his way up again, but Fitch doesn’t allow him to stay there. Alves waits patiently and explodes out of Fitch’s grasp, returning to his feet with about half a minute left in the round. Fitch follows him up, but Alves can’t manage any damage before the bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Fitch
R3 – Alves is finally getting his hands going, landing some good punch combinations and a head kick, but he’s not mounting much damage. After the first two rounds, he’ll likely need to finish Fitch to win. And with that, Fitch clinches him again from behind and wrestles him to the mat, landing in a sort of side mount with a body triangle locked on. Alves tries to turn, but he only ends up with Fitch taking his back, the triangle body lock still intact. Alves finally makes the turn to face Fitch, but he’s only got 30 seconds left. He breaks free of Fitch, but just before the bell sounds to end the fight. Alves walks away looking very frustrated.
MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Fitch
Jon Fitch def. Thiago Alves by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
R1 – Both guys come out looking to punch, but Guida fires of a head kick that lands, which is followed by a brief but intense flurry of punches from both fighters. Dos Anjos shoots, but Guida defends and shoots a double-leg on dos Anjos. They separate and fire off with dos Anjos rocking Guida’s jaw with a left hook. dos Anjos shoots again, but Guida again defends. dos Anjos lands a punch-kick combination and then scores the takedown he’s been looking for. They stand and dos Anjos lands a knee before the end of the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for dos Anjos
R2 – Guida comes out gunning, dos Anjos head hunting with the high kick. Chants start up for Guida as dos Anjos lands a kick to the midsection. Guida fires a hard straight right then fends off another takedown attempt. Guida is swinging big, but missing most of the time, while dos Anjos’ boxing looks cleaner and more accurate. They fire off a brief exchange and then Guida shoots a well-timed takedown, landing in dos Anjos’ guard. Guida moves to half guard, working on the body, while dos Anjos keeps moving, trying to get back to full guard, which he does just before the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Guida
R3 – dos Anjos lands a straight left, but Guida shrugs it off and charges in with an effective flurry. They dance around a bit more and then Guida locks dos Anjos up and plants him on the mat, landing in half guard. Guida pins dos Anjos up against the cage and in some sort of lock appears to apply enough pressure to dos Anjos’ jaw that he taps out.
Clay Guida def. Rafael dos Anjos by Submission (Pressure to Jaw) at 1:51, R3
-MATT HUGHES (44-7; #7 WELTERWEIGHT) VS. RICARDO ALMEIDA (12-3)
R1 – The first couple minutes are spent trying to find their range and gauge each other, but almost entirely stand-up with almost no takedown attempts. Both so far seem to be looking to engage on their feet. Almeida lands a brief flurry, but then Hughes fires back, clipping him and sending Almeida to the mat. Hughes follows him down and applies a front head and arm triangle choke, submitting the Renzo Gracie black belt.
Matt Hughes def. Ricardo Almeida by Submission (Front Triangle Choke) at 3:15, R1
-JUNIOR DOS SANTOS (11-1; #5 HEAVYWEIGHT) VS. ROY NELSON (15-4)
R1 – Dos Santos looks like he is head hunting. He lands a few punches and Nelson tries to shoot the takedown, but ends up in a clinch on the fence. They separate and Dos Santos starts unloading on Nelson, rocking him with hard right hands, alternating between head and body. Dos Santos lands an uppercut that has Nelson falling across the cage. He gets up, but Dos Santos clinches and drives several hard knees to the body. Somehow Nelson survives and the crowd erupts. Nelson can’t get any offense going, but he’s taking a lot of punishment from Dos Santos and coming right back at him, unbelievably resilient.
MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Dos Santos
R2 – They exchange right away, Nelson gets a shot or two in, but Dos Santos is still the more accurate and more frequent of the two. Even though he is easily showing himself to be the more proficient striker, Dos Santos is doing a good job being patient and not punching himself out, instead picking away at Nelson. Nelson realizes this, swinging for the fences with almost every punch, trying to put Dos Santos away. He shoots, but Dos Santos does a good job defending the takedown, then goes for one himself, but Nelson defends. Dos Santos is still picking away with his punches, Nelson is breathing heavy, mouth agape.
MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Dos Santos
R3 – Nelson lands a solid combination, but that only stirs the hornet’s nest and Dos Santos starts adding kicks into the mix. A sharp uppercut snaps Nelson’s head back, but he continues to move forward, swinging at Dos Santos. The Brazilian then shoots and takes Nelson down, but lets him up quickly and continues picking away with his punches, seemingly unable to put the rotund fighter down. Dos Santos has thrown nearly his entire arsenal at Nelson – and landed most of it – but Nelson won’t fall. Dos Santos just fires punch after punch after punch, hurting Nelson, but not even coming close to finishing, which is a testament to Nelson.
MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Dos Santos
Junior Dos Santos def. Roy Nelson by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-DUSTIN HAZELETT (12-5) VS. RICK STORY (10-3)
R1 – Story storms Hazelett, who immediately jumps guard. Story presses him against the cage, still standing, Hazelett hanging on. Story slams him down and opens up with a flurry of punches while standing. Hazelett locks up and arm, but Story picks him up and slams him down, his arm still tied up. They slip apart and make their way back to their feet, Story unleashing an onslaught of body shots. They come together and then quickly hit the mat again, Story in side control, but he quickly backs off and makes Hazelett stand. They trade briefly before Story puts Hazelett back down and starts working from his half guard. They return to their feet, Story again working over the body then scooping Hazelett and planting him back on the mat, landing in half guard. Story starts pounding away at Hazelett’s body and dropping forearms on his face before backing off and making him stand again. Hazelett shoots for the takedown, but Story punishes him with more ground and pound briefly and makes him stand again. Story unloads with a flurry just before the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Story
R2 – Story rocks Hazelett right from the bell, dropping him with another flurry of punches. He follows Hazelett down, but can’t quite finish him and has to start working from half guard again. And again, he makes Hazelett return to his feet, where once again he unloads on Hazelett with punches. He works the body and drops Hazelett again, this time finishing with a barrage of punches that Hazelett has no answer and no defense for.
Rick Story def. Dustin Hazelett by TKO (Strikes) at 1:15, R2
-RODNEY WALLACE (9-2) VS. PHIL DAVIS (6-0)
R1 – They’re slow to start, but Wallace eats a knee when he shoots about a minute into the round. They clinch up with Davis taking Wallace to the mat, landing in half guard, and starting his ground and pound. Davis works his way into full mount for a moment, but Wallace escapes and they return to standing, Davis driving home a couple knees before putting Wallace back on the mat, again working from half guard with his ground and pound.
MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Davis
R2 – They have a brief, but firey exchange before Davis presses Wallace down to the mat, landing in his half guard and then moving to mount and transitioning to side control. They scramble with Wallace getting out and back to his feet, but Davis puts him right back down, driving home knees that have Wallace in a bad way along the fence. Davis moves to side control and locks up one of Wallace’s arms, doesn’t do much with it, and then drops a couple elbows down before moving up to full mount. There, Davis starts dropping bombs until the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Davis
R3 – Not much action in the opening portion of the round. Davis eventually gets Wallace to the mat and again starts working from side control. Wallace again escapes back to his feet, but Davis has been controlling this entire fight and does so once again by putting Wallace back down on the mat. Davis moves to mount again, but again, Wallace escapes, and the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Davis
Phil Davis def. Rondey Wallace by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-JOHNY HENDRICKS (8-0) VS. CHARLIE BRENNEMAN (11-1)
R1 – Brenneman clinches and starts punching Hendricks right away, but Hendricks manages a front headlock and drags Brenneman down and starts delivering knees. Hendricks gives up the front headlock and Brenneman opens up with a flurry of punches, rocking Hendricks. Brenneman then goes for a takedown of his own, putting Hendricks on his backside up against the cage. Hendricks is driving home elbows to the side of Brenneman’s head however. They stall out and the referee stands them up. They trade blows, but Hendricks wades through and clinches on the fence, then gets taken down with Brenneman in side control.
MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Brenneman
R2 – They come out firing, Hendricks dropping Brenneman five times in the opening seconds of the round before the referee steps in and stops the fight. Amazing flurry of punches from Hendricks. Can’t believe Brenneman got back up so many times.
Johny Hendricks def. Charlie Brenneman by TKO (Strikes) at 0:40, R2
-TIM BOETSCH (11-3) VS. TODD BROWN (11-1)
R1 – They trade few blows to open the round before Boetsch presses Brown against the cage and starts stomping on his foot. Boetsch works on Brown’s legs for a bit with knees then trips him to the mat. Brown makes his way back up where they remain clinched on the cage. Boetsch opens up, landing a knee to the chin then rocking Brown with some hard punches. Eating another knee to the head, Brown presses Boetsch into the cage, clinching in defense. The referee quickly breaks them and Brown lands a kick to the head then follows with a backfist. The action then slows until the end of the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch
R2 – Brown immediately clinches and presses Boetsch to the cage. They separate and start looking to trade strikes. Boetsch lands a good body shot. Brown comes back with an overhand right. Neither fighter lands much through the middle of the round, both appearing a little gassed. Brown lands another head kick with about 1:30 left in the round. Boetsch tries to get a rhythm going, landing a few shots, while avoiding most of Brown’s. Brown lands another overhand right just before the end of the round that opens a cut on Boetsch’s left temple.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch
R3 – They come out swinging, but neither landing much. Boetsch sneaks in a couple good leg kicks before they clinch on the fence, Boetsch with his back to the cage. They separate briefly before Boetsch shoots and takes Brown to the mat, landing in his half guard. Boetsch locks up a guillotine choke, Brown pressed against the cage. Brown defends, but Boetsch remains in control from north-south position, before they return to their feet and then split. Boetsch is stalking Brown, landing little one-off pot shots here and there. Brown clinches and presses Boetsch to the cage with less than a minute left in the fight. They are quickly separated and Boetsch scores a double-leg takedown, landing in full guard, finishing the round with his ground and pound attack.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Boetsch
Tim Boetsch def. Todd Brown by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-STEFAN STRUVE (19-4) VS. CHRISTIAN MORECRAFT (6-0)
R1 – Morecraft presses the much taller Struve up against the cage and then drags him down to his back, landing in side control. Struve tries to circle away, but eats several punches before managing to get Morecraft into his full guard. Morecraft stands and drops a few hard shots down, but Struve catches him in a triangle choke/armbar combination. Morecraft escapes back into Struve’s full guard and lays down a couple hammerfists that hurt Struve bad. Struve is doing all he can to find a submission, but Morecraft is punishing him with hammerfists and punches. Morecraft stands in Struve’s guard and lands some devastating blows, but Struve doesn’t quit. Morecraft finally passes into full mount, grinding his forearm across Struve’s face. Struve bucks and turns until Morecraft is off, but they scramble, Morecraft locking on a guillotine choke. Struve is out, but eats shots until the end of the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Morecraft
Struve’s lip is busted up bad, checked by the doctor between rounds, but he’s allowed to continue.
R2 – Struve immediately chops at Morecraft’s leg, but Morecraft fires back with punches. Struve then retaliates, dropping Morecraft and finishing him with punches on the ground. Tremendous comeback from Struve!
Stefan Struve def. Christian Morecraft by TKO (Strikes) at 0:23, R2
-BEN SAUNDERS (8-2-2) VS. DENNIS HALLMAN (41-13-2)
R1 – Hallman immediately clinches, pressing Saunders to the fence then eventually putting him on his back and starting to work from half guard. Hallman spends the majority of the round trying to mount some offense, but can’t seem to do much damage until about a minute left in the round when he lands a couple good forearms to the head. Hallman works into a half-mount position with about 30 seconds left and lands a few blows before the bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Hallman
R2 – Saunders comes out aggressive, pressing Hallman and driving home some strong knees. He follows with a solid punch combination and a kick to the ribs before Hallman takes him down with a double-leg. Hallman works for a bit from guard before standing up and passing to side control. Hallman lands some hard punches then passes to full mount. Saunders is in all kinds of trouble, but somehow manages to put Hallman back in his full guard with under a minute left in the round. Hallman again moves to half guard, but can’t finish.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Hallman
R3 – Saunders once again comes out swinging, landing some solid punches. Hallman shoots the single-leg takedown in defense, eventually getting Saunders down to one knee against the cage. Saunders works back up to his feet and lands a couple knees to the body from the clinch before the referee separates them. Knowing that he’s losing the fight, Saunders immediately starts punching and kicking then drives a knee to the head and body. Hallman tries to hold him off but eats a Thai elbow to the face before they once again hit the mat, Hallman in Saunders’ half guard. Hallman finishes the round dropping punches from the top.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Saunders, but the fight 29-28 for Hallman
Dennis Hallman def. Ben Saunders by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), R3
UFC 117 RESULTS:
MAIN BOUTS (On Pay-Per-View):
-Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen by Submission (Triangle Choke), R5
-Jon Fitch def. Thiago Alves by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Clay Guida def. Rafael dos Anjos by Submission (Pressure to Jaw) at 1:51, R3
-Matt Hughes def. Ricardo Almeida by Submission (Front Triangle Choke) at 3:15, R1
-Junior Dos Santos def. Roy Nelson by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), R3
PRELIMINARY BOUTS (Non-Televised):
-Rick Story def. Dustin Hazelett by TKO (Strikes) at 1:15, R2
-Phil Davis def. Rondey Wallace by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Johny Hendricks def. Charlie Brenneman by TKO (Strikes) at 0:40, R2
-Tim Boetsch def. Todd Brown by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Stefan Struve def. Christian Morecraft by TKO (Strikes) at 0:23, R2
-Dennis Hallman def. Ben Saunders by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), R3