The UFC 117 Main Event has been one of the most talked about UFC events of the year. And if you look through the lineup of fighters, from the Preliminary Card to the Main Card, you’re not going to see a lot of stars who are up and coming fighters of interest. In fact, for the first time in months Spike TV isn’t even going to air the prelim fighting as it generally does in all the other UFC Main Events.
But it’s not the quality of the fighters or the competition in the UFC odds action that has so many MMA fans juiced up about the upcoming UFC 117 betting event.
The reason why the MMA universe is focused on the UFC 117 Main Event is middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva usually attracts a huge audience and many UFC odds fans every time he fights, but this time it’s different. Silva is arguably the greatest MMA fighter in history. He has dominated the middleweight class since winning the title going 12 fights without a loss and it’s been years since he’s even been challenged.
And, of course, sports fans love a winner and this guy is as close to perfection in the Octagon as any fighter has ever been.
But the fans aren’t watching to see Silva whip up on another tomato UFC tomato can.
Fans want to see if Silva will get completely nuts again and lose his mind as he faces has-been Chael Sonnen. Sonnen poses no challenge whatsoever to Silva but based on the champs antics the last time he was in the Octagon it’s hard to say exactly what will happen once the UFC 117 betting action gets underway.
Back in April, the last time Silva set foot in the Octagon he whipped up on Brazilian opponent Demian Maia for a round or two and then refused to engage the fighter, choosing to hurl insults instead of blows and run around the ring like a decapitated chicken.
He still won the fight, with ease, but in doing so he earned the ire of UFC president Dana White who threatened to toss him out of the UFC is he acted that way again.
What’s interesting about White’s threat is that it may be exactly what Silva wants and so the whole world waits to see how Silva responds to White’s words and the interest level in the UFC 117 action continues to rise.