by MMAWeekly.com Staff
On Thursday, the UFC officially finalized the 11-bout card that will make up UFC 117 in Oakland, CA headlined by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Chael Sonnen.
Serving as the co-main event of the night will be a rematch years in the making as Jon Fitch faces Thiago Alves in a pivotal welterweight showdown on the card. Alves and Fitch were set to meet back in March, but Alves was diagnosed with a brain anomaly that forced him to undergo surgery and out of the fight.
Now the two top five ranked welterweights will square off in August instead.
Also on the card will be a heavyweight tilt that pits Junior Dos Santos against Roy Nelson with the winner guaranteed a shot at the UFC heavyweight title at some point in the future.
Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes gets back in action against Renzo Gracie prodigy Ricardo Almeida, while Thiago Silva and the returning Tim Boetsch mix it up in a lightweight contest.
Exciting lightweight fighter Clay Guida faces Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Rafael Dos Anjos, and fellow grappling master Dustin Hazelett returns following an extended layoff and meets Rick Story on the undercard.
6’11” heavyweight Stefan Struve faces UFC newcomer Christian Morecraft, Johny Hendricks draws former “Pro’s vs. Joes” champion Charlie Brenneman, American Top Teamer Ben Saunders gets to fight “Superman” himself Dennis Hallman, and Rodney Wallace squares off against Stanislov Nedkov.
UFC 117 will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA on August 7, and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view.