UFC 117 took place earlier this evening at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
In the main event, Anderson Silva put his middleweight title on the line against Chael Sonnen.
In the co-main event, Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves met in a rematch to determine who get the next welterweight title shot.
Clay Guida took on Rafael dos Anjos in a lightweight battle.
Ricardo Almeida looked to avenge his mentor Renzo Gracie’s loss to Matt Hughes.
Junior dos Santos and Roy Nelson squared off for a heavyweight title shot.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Anderson Silva defeats Chael Sonnen via Submission (Triangle Armbar) in Round Five
- Jon Fitch defeats Thiago Alves via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Clay Guida defeats Rafael dos Anjos via Submission (Injury) in Round Three
- Matt Hughes defeats Ricardo Almeida via Submission (Front Headlock) in Round One
- Junior Dos Santos defeats Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Stefan Struve defeats Christian Morecraft via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Rick Story defeats Dustin Hazelett via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Phil Davis defeats Rodney Wallace via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Johny Hendricks defeats Charlie Brenneman via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Tim Boetsch defeats Todd Brown via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dennis Hallman defeats Ben Saunders via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Recap & Thoughts
Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson: Junior dos Santos picked apart Roy Nelson over the course of three rounds with his superior boxing. Nelson clearly didn’t have the speed and reflexes to keep up with JDS’ fast hands, but what he did have was heart and the ability to absorb an inordinate amount of damage. JDS hit Nelson with everything he had — jabs, hook, uppercuts, knees and even a few kicks — but couldn’t put him away, or really even come close. In fact, Nelson remained dangerous throughout the fight. He tagged JDS a few times with overhand rights and opened up a cut under JDS’ right eye with a left hook. What Roy needed to do, but couldn’t do, was take JDS down. Nelson tried several times, but hit a brick wall every time. JDS’ takedown defense was incredible. Needless to say, JDS won on points, but unlike Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop, Gilbert Yvel and Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson actually gave him a fight.
Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida: Who says Matt Hughes has nothing left? Needs to retire? Not Matt Hughes. He came to beat rising Renzo Gracie protege Ricardo Almeida, and that he did. After a length feeling out process, Hughes stunned Almeida with a short left hook then sank in a front headlock that Hughes later said was an old wrestling submission he learned back in the day. With pure power, Hughes cranked the headlock and put Almeida to sleep. Joe Rogan said he’s never seen anything like it.
Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos: Good scrap between Clay Guida and Rafael dos Anjos. The first half of the fight went to dos Anjos. He was getting the better of Guida on the feet, but as we would find out later, Guida did the most damage. The tide turned half way through the second when Guida finally secured a takedown and controlled the action from the top. It was more of the same in the third. Guids put dos Anjos on his back with a huge slam and went to work from half guard. The out of nowhere as Guida pushed dos Anjos’ head against the cage, dos Anjor furiously tapped even though no submission hold had been applied. It was clear dos Anjos had hurt his jaw, and from the look of the replays, Guida broke with a big right hook in the first round. Confirmation of the injury will come later.
Stefan Struve vs. Christian Morecraft: Stefan Struve pulled off another big come-from-behind victory in his fight against Christian Morecraft. Struve took a hellacious beating in the first round. Morecraft put Struve on his his back and landed huge shots from the top. He did enough damage to Struve’s lip to necessitate a look from the doctor in between rounds. Then during a wild exchange early in the second, Struve caught Morecraft right on the button, and finished him off with strikes as he laid semi-conscious on the mat. Struve celebrated by throwing his bloody mouthpiece into the crowd. Who was the lucky who caught it?
Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves: Thiago Alves had the look of a man who had lost before he even stepped in the cage. Clearly, something wasn’t right with Alves, and it showed in the cage. Whether it was the weght cut, the long layoff, something else or all of the above, Alves didn’t fight like the wrecking ball he’s been in the past. Don’t get me wrong, Alves had his moments, he landed a few nice shots, but for the most part, Fitch was sharper on the feet and his wrestling and grappling was just too slick for Alves to fend off. In true Fitch fashion, he ground out another decisive victory to likely earn the next welterweight title shot.
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen: I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but Chael Sonnen backed up every ridiculous word he ever said about Anderson Silva. For four and a half rounds, he did everything he said he would. He outgrappled and outstruck (!) Anderson Silva. Yes, Chael Sonnen outstruck Anderson Silva. He even rocked him in the first round, the only time in Anderson’s career I can remember him being rocked. Then he put Anderson Silva on his back for and beat the hell out of him for twenty something minutes. It was insane.
Despite all that, the one thing Chael Sonnen didn’t do was win. If there’s a giant hole in Chael Sonnen’s brand of ground fighting, it’s his submission defense, and it failed him once again tonight. Still getting the snot beat out him, Anderson Silva slapped on a triangle with two minutes to go, and like he has many times in his career before, Sonnen tapped out, although not without making it interesting. For a second there, it looked like Josh Rosenthal sorta stopped the fight but didn’t, not really sure if Sonnen tapped or not. Thank god the replay clearly showed the tap, otherwise that could have been a disaster of epic proportions. Crisis averted.
You know, I laughed when Sonnen said he’s dominated every fight he’s ever been, even the ones he lost. I didn’t even know how that was possible, what that looked like. Well, I don’t know about every other fight, but tonight that’s exactly what he did. He dominated Anderson Silva and lost. Incredible.
By the way, if you missed Anderson’s post-fight interview, he said not to make excuses, but he injured his rib last week and his doctors told him to withdraw from the fight. Was that the reason for being on the wrong end of a beatdown? I don’t know, sounds like an excuse, but I would love to see Anderson and Chael go after it one more time. What a fight. What a night!
Submission of the Night: Anderson Silva & Matt Hughes
Knockout of the Night: Stefan Struve
Fight of the Night: Anderson Silva & Chael Sonnen
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $1.56 million
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie