by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday made its first foray into the Bay Area in California official. The promotion will host UFC 117 on Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Headlining the card is a middleweight title bout pitting current champion Anderson Silva against No. 2 ranked Chael Sonnen.
Though it may be a one-sided affair, the trash talk between Silva and Sonnen could reach record levels. Though Silva doesn’t typically talk a lot prior to his fights, Sonnen has the gift for gab and has been on that attack even well before Silva’s controversial performance at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.
“When we offered Chael Sonnen this shot at the title, he promised us one thing: that he was going to make this a fight,” said UFC president Dana White. “I know he means it, and after beating three legit contenders in Nate Marquardt, Yushin Okami, and Dan Miller, he’s definitely going to bring the best out of Anderson Silva on Aug. 7. And as far as Anderson is concerned, he wants to remind everybody why he’s considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”
The UFC also announced a welterweight showdown between newly inducted UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes and Ricardo Almeida. Almeida is looking to avenge his mentor, Renzo Gracie, who lost to Hughes at UFC 112.
Other bouts made official for UFC 117 include Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos, Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch, Dustin Hazelett vs. Rick Story, Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman, Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman, and Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov.
A highly anticipated rematch between top welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves is expected for the Oakland fight card, as is a bout between heavyweight contenders Junior Dos Santos and Roy Nelson, but the promotion has yet to officially announce those two pairings.
Tickets for UFC 117 go on sale Friday, June 11.