UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen will take place August 7, 2010 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The main card will air on pay-per-view starting at 10 p.m. ET.

The undisputed middleweight champion Anderson Silva puts his belt on the line against top contender Chael Sonnen. Sonnen has been very vocal to the public about his lack of respect for the champ in the build-up to the fight. Silva will be looking to silence his critics with an impressive finish after a lackluster performance against jiu-jitsu champion Demian Maia.

Also on the card, two bouts with title implications. Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Junior Dos Santos (‘J.D.S.’) will be facing off to find out who will be next in line for the UFC heavyweight title shot. Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves will face off again for the number one contender spot in the welterweight division.

As if that was not enough, UFC legend Matt Hughes will be fighting up and comer and student of Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida. Almeida will be looking for retribution for his teachers recent loss to Hughes.

Official fight card

Preliminary card

Welterweight bout:  Ben Saunders vs.  Dennis Hallman
Dennis Hallman defeats Ben Saunders via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).

Heavyweight bout:  Stefan Struve vs.  Christian Morecraft
Stefan Struve defeats Christian Morecraft via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:22

Light Heavyweight bout:  Tim Boetsch vs.  Todd Brown
Tim Boetsch defeats Todd Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Welterweight bout:  Johny Hendricks vs.  Charlie Brenneman
Johny Hendricks defeats Charlie Brenneman via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:40

Light Heavyweight bout:  Phil Davis vs.  Rodney Wallace
Phil Davis defeats Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Welterweight bout:  Dustin Hazelett vs.  Rick Story
Rick Story defeats Dustin Hazelett via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:15.

Main card

Heavyweight bout:  Roy Nelson vs.  Junior dos Santos
Junior Dos Santos defeats Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Welterweight bout:  Matt Hughes vs.  Ricardo Almeida
Matt Hughes defeats Ricardo Almeida via technical submission – Round 1, 3:15

Lightweight bout:  Clay Guida vs.  Rafael dos Anjos
Clay Guida defeats Rafael do Anjos via verbal tapout – Round 3 , 1:51

Catchweight bout (171.5 Ibs):  Jon Fitch vs.  Thiago Alves
Jon Fitch defeats Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Middleweight Championship bout:  Anderson Silva (c) vs.  Chael Sonnen
Anderson Silva defeats Chael Sonnen via submission (armbar) – Round 5, 3:10