UFC 117 Blow By Blow

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva (left) has been forced to listen to Chael Sonnen run his mouth...

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva (left) has been forced to listen to Chael Sonnen run his mouth in the build-up to their UFC 117 title fight on Sat., Aug. 7. (AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB)

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:01 AM ET

It's time for Chael Sonnen to put up or shut up, as he challenges UFC middleweight champion Anderson (The Spider) Silva.

Also, Jon Fitch battles Thiago (Pit Bull) Alves, Matt Hughes faces Ricardo (Big Dog) Almeida and Junior (Cigano) Dos Santos takes on Roy (Big Country) Nelson.

Roy (Big Country) Nelson vs. Junior (Cigano) Dos Santos

Round one

Nelson takes octagon control with his guard up high. Dos Santos explodes, but catches arms. Dos Santos now tries some body shots. Nelson attempts a huge overhand right, then misses a takedown. He presses Dos Santos against the cage.

Nelson grabs a body lock and walks Dos Santos to the other side of the octagon. Dos Santos tries a big knee as they break the clinch. Dos Santos tags him with a huge uppercut and Nelson is wobbled! Dos Santos lands another and unloads. He continues the assault, but Nelson is blocking most of the shots now.

Dos Santos slows the pace and starts working body punches. Dos Santos blasts him with a huge uppercut and delivers a series of kness. Nelson survives, though! Dos Santos lands a leg kick and follows with a body shot. Nice jab from Dos Santos. Knee to the body from Dos Santos. Nelson moves forward and lands a straight right. Big body punch from Dos Santos. They exchange jabs. Dos Santos hunts him down as the round ends.

Round two

Nelson needs to turn it around here. He comes forward, but eats a big knee. Nelson catches him with a huge overhand right. He misses a takedown and Dos Santos unloads with punches. Nelson avoids any serious damage and starts moving forward again. Nice jabs from Dos Santos. Nelson keeps moving forward, blocking shots to the head.

Dos Santos is cut under the eye now and Nelson keeps pressing the action. Nelson explodes for a takedown, but Dos Santos blocks it against the fence. Nelsons lands a big right over the clinch. Dos Santos tries a takedown, but Nelson sprawls. Dos Santos with a big body shot and Nelson is looking tired as hell.

Huge right hand from Dos Santos, but Nelson keeps coming forward. They exchange jabs and Nelson misses another takedown attempt as the round ends.

Round three

Nelson needs to finish him here. Dos Santos with a beautiful kick to the body. Nelson lands a big overhand right. Dos Santos pushes him back and delivers a teep to the face. Stiff uppercut from Dos Santos. Nelson looks exhausted, but can't fault his heart.

Dos Santos takes him down and then stands back up. More uppercuts from Dos Santos, but Nelson isn't going down. Nelson misses a huge overhand right. Dos Santos with a solid jab. Uppercut-jab combo from Dos Santos. Knee to the body from Dos Santos. Nelson with a leg kick. Dos Santos lands another uppercut.

Big knee to the head from Dos Santos. This is a one-sided beating. Straight-right from Dos Santos, but Nelson is still fighting back. The crowd cheers Nelson on. Knee to the body from Dos Santos. He follows with a left-hook. They swing for the fences as time expires.

Winner: Junior Dos Santos by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo (Big Dog) Almeida

Round one

They touch gloves and cricle each other. Almeida pushes the action and misses a body punch. Hughes keeps switching stances and Almeida lands a leg kick. They exchange leg kicks. Almeida tries a head kick. Almeida catches a leg kick and delivers a straight-right.

Right hook from Almeida. They clinch and break. Inside leg kick from Almeida. Almeida lands a flurry of inside punches and avoids the clinch. Huge left-hook drops Almeida and Hughes goes for a headlock/guillotine and Almeida is out!

Winner: Matt Hughes by first-round technical submission

Clay (The Carpenter) Guida vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

Round one

Dos Anjos takes octagon control. They swing wildy and Guida tags him with a right-hook. Guida lands a huge head kick, but Dos Anjos just takes it. Stiff inside leg kick from Dos Anjos. They swing for the fences again and Guida backs him off with a nasty flurry.

Dos Anjos comes back with another nasty leg kick. Guida shoots for a takedown and press him against the fence. Guida pops a leg out and keeps fighting for the takedown, but Dos Anjos is still defending it.

Dos Anjos breaks out and lands a knee to the body. Dos Anjos catches him with a left. Dos Anjos takedown attempt is stuffed. Head kick from Dos Anjos is blocked. Another big leg kick from Dos Anjos. Dos Anjos shoots and gets him down. Guida eats a punch and knee on the way up.

Round two

Guida comes out hard, but is caught with a left-hook. Dos Anjos misses a head kick. Another leg kick from Dos Anjos. Dos Anjos tries for the takedown, but Guida stuffs it. Guida keeps trying a huge overhand right, but Dos Anjos sees it a mile away.

Dos Anjos lands another stiff leg kick. Dos Anjos blocks an overhand right. Guida ducks under some punches and gets the takedown. Dos Anjos tries for to set up a triangle choke, but Guida pops his arm out.

Guida moves to half-guard and works in some punches to the body. Guida appears to be bleeding. Dos Anjos brings him back to guard as the round ends. Close fight.

Round three

Dos Anjos with a counter left-straight. Guida charges forward and throws a flurry of punches, but not much lands. Dos Anjos with a nice body kick. Guida immediately shoots and presses Dos Anjos against the cage. Guida slams him and is in half-guard.

Guida works punches to the body and head. He tries to pass half-guard and then Dos Anjos taps!? Dos Anjos is holding his jaw. It looks like he has an injured jaw. The replay shows Guida's shoulder digging into his jaw before the tap.

Winner: Clay Guida by third-round submission.

Jon Fitch vs. Thiago (Pit Bull) Alves

Round one

Alves takes octagon control. He lands an inside leg kick and follows with a jab. Fitch misses a head kick. Fitch catches a leg kick and grabs his back. He takes Alves down. Fitch gets one hook in, but Alves stands up. Fitch drags him back down.

Alvs stands back up, but is slammed to the mat. Fitch has side-control, but Alves explodes up and takes Fitch down. Alves moves to half-guard. Alves stands back up.

Alves tries a left-hook, but Fitch responds with a one-two. Alves connects with a right-hook. Fitch lands a couple body uppercuts. He catches Alves with a straight-right, but misses a takedown attempt. Alves presses him against the fence, but Fitch takes him down.

Round two

Fitch with an inside leg kick. They trade jabs. Fitch trips him down to the mat and Alves works for a guillotine. Fitch pops his head out and unloads with punches. Alves kicks him off and tries to stand up. Fitch immediately takes him back down.

Fitch tries more punches. Alves explodes to his feet, but is taken to the mat again. Fitch works some punches to the body. Alves tries to stand up and Fitch knees his thigh. Fitch puts him down again and continues to chip away with ground-and-pound.

Alves tries to kick him off again, but Fitch pounces and is right back on top. Alves stands up, but Fitch him on his back. Alves spins out and is on top now. He steps away and they restart on the feet. Fitch tries a head kick. Alves clinches him on the cage as the round ends.

Round three

Fitch with a nice leg kick. Alves corners him and is now landing some hard jabs and straights. Fitch lands an uppercut and they clinch. Fitch misses a takedown attempt. Fitch avoids an uppercut and grabs alves' back. He puts Alves down and sinks in a hook.

Fitch has a body triangle now. Fitch stretches him out and works punches to the head. Fitch switches to an arm-triangle grip. Alves kicks off the fence and reverses Fitch. Alves is now in his guard. Fitch is back to his feet as time expires.

Winner: Jon Fitch by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Anderson (The Spider) Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

Round one

Sonnen misses a body kick. Silva sprawls on a takedown attempt. Sonnen clips Silva and he's wobbly! Silva takes him down, but Sonnen stands up. Sonnen connects with a big straight-left! And again! Sonnen takes him down!

Sonnen unloads with big punches. Silva tries to stand up. Sonnen takes his back and throws some big punches. Silva rolls out, but Sonnen is in half-guard and lands a huge elbow. Sonnen keeps unloading. He stands up and lands a huge punch on Silva.

Silva gets the full-guard. Sonnen stands up and rains huge punches. Sonnen keeps chipping away as the round ends. What a round for Sonnen!

Round two

Silva looked wobbly walking back to his corner.

Sonnen catches a knee and takes him back down. Sonnen moves to half-guard. Silva is holding on, trying to get a stand-up. Sonnen lands palm strikes to Silva's ears and slams his head into the ground. Sonnen stands up and tags him with a big punch.

Sonnen postures up and delivers hammerfists to Silva's face. Sonnen keeps posturing up and landing his shots. A huge left hand from Sonnen. Silva tries a triangle choke, but Sonnen avoids it and lands a huge elbow. Another elbow from Sonnen.

Sonnen lands more short elbows. Sonnen takes his back. Silva tries for a kimura, but Sonnen is out. He stands up and tags Silva again. Another great round for Sonnen.

Round three

Silva is breathing heavy. He tries a big overhand right. Silva with a nice spinning back kick. Sonnen shoots and takes him down again. Sonnen starts kneeing his butt. Sonnen starts unloading with punches and Silva isn't really defending. Silva spins out and puts Sonnen in his guard.

Sonnen keeps unloading with punches and hammerfists. Silva now has a body triangle from his back. Sonnen mixes up his punches between the head and body. Sonnen tries a forearm choke, but then goes back to punching him. Sonnen keeps pounding away as the round ends.

Round four

Silva wobbles him with a big elbow! Silva is turning it on now. They're swinging for the fences. Sonnen shoots, but Silva is on top now. Sonnen reverses it and is back on top. Sonnen goes back to hammerfists and punches.

Sonnen keeps unloading with big punches. He switches it up between shots to the body and head. Silva tries to sweep him with butterflies, but Sonnen stays right on top.

Sonnen just keeps working him over. Silva can't get baack to his feet. Sonnen lands a series of unanswered punches, but Silva tries to slap on a triangle choke. Sonnen avoids it and goes back to the ground-and-pound.

Round five

Sonnen has a huge cut on his eyebrow.

Silva needs something big. he avoids a takedown attempt. Silva slips and Sonnen is back on top! Sonnen grabs an arm triangle, but gives it up. Silva brings him back to full-guard.

Sonnen moves to side-control, but Silva brings him back to guard. Sonnen keeps unloading with punches and hammerfists. Silva needs to do something now.

Sonnen just keeps tagging him. He's relentless. He postures up and punches Silva's body.

Out of nowhere, Silva slaps on a triangle armbar and the ref stops it! Sonnen is disputing that he submitted, but the replay shows the tap.

Winner: Anderson Silva by fifth-round submission.


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