A very good card of fights is on tap for Saturday night in Oakland, California for UFC 117 led by middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against Chael Sonnen. Silva is more than a 4-1 favorite in UFC odds at SBG Global.
Silva is considered one of the best fighters in the UFC but in recent bouts he has not been very impressive and has drawn the wrath of UFC president Dana White. Silva should have no trouble getting motivated for this fight with White on his case and with Sonnen running his mouth. This will be Silva’s record seventh defense of his middleweight title. Sonnen has ripped into Silva in recent weeks criticizing his style, his record and even calling him a “dummy.” When Silva is motivated he is one of the best fighters that the UFC has ever seen and he should be highly motivated on Saturday night. Silva has won 12 straight fights and looks to be in a different class than Sonnen both in the ring and out of the ring.
The main card in UFC 117 also includes what should be an excellent fight between Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch. The two are a notch below Georges St. Pierre but then again so is every other fighter. Alves is -130 in this bout against Fitch.
Also on the main card it is Junior Dos Santos trying to take his UFC betting record to 6-0 as he faces Roy Nelson. This bout should be exciting for as long as it lasts with each fighter throwing big punches. Nelson may not want to trade punches with Dos Santos. Nelson has strong wrestling skills but he has been talking about mixing it up with Dos Santos and that would be a mistake. All but one of Dos Santo’s career fights have ended in the first round. The winner of this bout could get a title shot against Brock Lesnar or Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos is more than a 3-1 favorite vs. Nelson.
Also on the main card it will be Matt Hughes facing Ricardo Almeida and Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Clay Guida. The UFC odds favor Almeida who has won four of his last five bouts while the bout between Dos Anjos and Guida is basically a pick.
The preliminary card at UFC 117 has Rick Story vs. Dustin Hazelett, Phil Davis vs. Rodney Wallace, Todd Brown vs. Tim Boetsch, Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman, Christian Morecraft vs. Stefan Struve and Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman.