Above is the official poster for UFC 117 which will take place in Oakland, California in August. Once again Anderson Silva will be putting his middleweight championship on the line. Here’s hoping that we actually get to see a fight this time and not 25 minutes of fleeing from your opponent.
Here is the fight card as it stands now:
- Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
- Welterweight: Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
- Lightweight: Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
- Light Heavyweight: Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch
- Welterweight: Dustin Hazelett vs Rick Story
- Welterweight: Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman
- Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman
- Light Heavyweight: Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov
- Welterweight: Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
- Heavyweight: Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson
If this video doesn’t make you believe that Chael Sonnen brings something to the table then you have something wrong with you.
Sonnen will attempt to take the title that Silva has successfully defended six times since winning back in 2006. The fight will take place UFC 117.
Above is a video of Demian Maia training for his upcoming fight this weekend at UFC 112. Maia is currently a big underdog in the title fight against dominant middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. Want to place a bet on him? He is at around +500 on average to win. Visit Best Fight Odds to see which site has the best odds on the fight.
“I see myself ready to fight for the belt. I would go at Anderson and it would give him the chance of knocking me out or give me the opportunity to finish the fight. That’s what I expect. I’m not saying I will win, but I will fight to end the fight before the judges decision. I want to do an aggressive fight and expose myself more. The UFC were waiting on the result of Anderson-Thales match to see what to do with me. They told me they were planning to give me the chance in August but because of their performance the UFC decided not put Silva in a main event very soon. Then they matched me and Nate Marquardt to find out the next challenger for the belt.”
I say if he defeats Marquardt give him the shot! He seems confident enough that he would be able to put on a show against Silva so why not let the fans see it. Of course right now we have a nice line being created of fighters that might be getting the shot. It has been said the winner of Bisbing/Henderson will get a shot. Obviously Maia must have been told he is fighting in a number one contendership match and then with the mention of a Vitor Belfort return by Dana White the middleweight division is going to be stacked with fighters all wanting the champion.
UFC 101: Declaration Saturday, August 8, 2009, at 10 p.m. ET on PPV
Location: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
- Lightweight Championship: B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian
- 205lb limit: Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin
- 170lb limit: Amir Sadollah vs. Johny Hendricks
- 185lb limit: Kendall Grove vs. Ricardo Almeida
- 155lb limit: Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellegrino
- 155lb limit: Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley
- 170lb limit: Tamdan McCrory vs. John Howard
- 185lb limit: Thales Leites vs. Alessio Sakara
- 170lb limit: Matt Riddle vs. Dan Cramer
- 155lb limit: George Sotiropoulos vs. Rob Emerson
- 170lb limit: Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort
“If Anderson believes in Franklin so much, bet $50,000 and let’s see who takes the money. I go to knock him out. I have trained so much and Rich won’t last two rounds. I think it is good Anderson has been preparing him. I hope he is also on the corner. I want to dare him to bet $50,000. I put these amount and Anderson or his sponsors, Ed Soares or Joinha, bet another part. Who wins takes the money.”
Wanderlei Silva has not took to kindly to former training partner Anderson Silva showing Rich Franklin a few moves in his Californian gym over the past few weeks. There has to be no better way to prove you are ready though than to open yourself to a $50K bet, and then even claim you will go for the KO before the third.
UFC 99 is coming up on June 13th from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. The main event is of course a 195lb catch-weight bout between Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva. Other fights on the card include Cain Velasquez Vs. Heath Herring and Caol Uno making his return to the UFC to face off against Spencer Fisher. UFC 99 despite being an international event will be live on PPV and air later at night via tape-delay also on PPV.
“I just think Anderson wants to be involved with the biggest fights possible and the biggest fights that the UFC can put together. If it’s at 205, 185 or if it’s at some catchweight, it doesn’t make a difference. He’s got four fights left on his contract and he wants to make them the biggest fights possible. He wants to leave a legacy behind…If for some reason Lyoto Machida is not successful on May 23, then who knows? Maybe we will go after that title, but right now Anderson feels the 205-pound belt belongs to Lyoto. He just hasn’t had the chance to fight for it yet. A fight with him and Lyoto is never going to happen. He just wants to have superfights.”
Twice in a row here on MMA-Live Ed Soares has made an appearance. This time he has told MMAWeekly that Anderson Silva would only like to be involved in ‘Superfights’ in his final four fights for the UFC. Obviously Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida are close friends who are both managed by Ed Soares, so that is out of the question.
I’m all for Anderson Silva only having Superfights from here on out. It would make it more interesting as there is no fighter currently in the UFC who could give fans an exciting fight to watch against Silva in the middleweight division.
“I think both guys should hang their heads in shame, quite honestly. Leites probably won the first two rounds but nothing happened in the fight. [Canadian fans] deserved a hell of a lot better than they got from these two. I’ve seen more aggression from my fiancé when she hits the January sales. It was very frustrating for me to be sitting on my couch seeing Anderson Silva, who keeps saying how he’s gone through the middleweight division. I would have fought harder than both of them put together, and so would a lot of other middleweights.”
Above is Michael Bisping’s reaction to the main event at UFC 97 between Thales Leites and Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Championship. The bout between the two has received a lot of criticism from main-stream media and MMA blogs around the net for it’s lack of action. During the bout Leites would flop on his back whenever Silva would come close and connect with anything.
Personally I feel that Bisping would provide a great opponent for Silva if he is to fight at middleweight again. Bisping would look to keep the fight standing and he would keep applying pressure to Silva, therefore keeping the fight more interesting for the fans who shell out $40+ to watch the greatest fighters in the world fight.