(Silva stopped Sonnen just short of the finish line. Check out the full gallery here.)
Chael Sonnen walked his talk for four and a half rounds but his tendency to hang out in guard came back to haunt him when Anderson Silva slapped on a triangle to end the fight. Full results are below along with details on bonuses, attendance, and a recap of our FIGHT! picks.
Anderson Silva def. Chael Sonnen by submission (triangle) at 3:10 of Round 5.
Jon Fitch def. Thiago Alves by unanimous decision.
Clay Guida def. Rafael Dos Anjos by submission (injury) at 1:51 of Round 3.
Matt Hughes def. Ricardo Almeida by technical submission (arm triangle) at 3:15 of Round 1.
Junior Dos Santos def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision.
Rick Story def. Dustin Hazelett by TKO (strkes) at 1:15 of Round 2.
Phil Davis def. Rodney Wallace by unanimous decision.
Johny Hendricks def. Charlie Brenneman by TKO (strikes) at 0:40 of Round 2.
Tim Boetsch def. Todd Brown by unanimous decision.
Stefan Struve def. Christian Morecraft by TKO (strikes) at 0:22 of Round 2.
Dennis Hallman def. Ben Saunders by unanimous decision.
(Struve drops Morecraft. Check out the full gallery here.)
If retaining his belt after being battered by Chael Sonnen for four and a half rounds wasn’t enough, Anderson Silva will cash a check for $120,000 after being awarded both “Submisson of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” after UFC 117. Sonnen takes home $60,000 and, in his words, the silver medal. Stefan Struve scored “Knockout of the Night” for stopping UFC newcomer Christian Morecraft.
MMAJunkie.com reported that UFC 117 drew 12,971 attendees for a live gate of $1.56 million – official numbers will be released next week.
MC Hammer, who recently announced the formation of his MMA fighter representation agency, was in attendance at the Oracle Center.
Aging action movie star Steven Seagal was in Anderson Silva’s corner on Saturday, which is appropriate considering that Silva spent the entire evening under siege.
(Nelson vs. Dos Santos was a classic slugfest. Check out the full gallery here.)
We are currently 75-40 with our picks in 2010.
Anderson Silva (-525) vs. Chael Sonnen (+350)
FIGHT! Pick: Silva Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Jon Fitch (-125) vs. Thiago Alves (-105)
FIGHT! Pick: Fitch Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Clay Guida (-125) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (-105)
FIGHT! Pick: Guida Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
LIVE DOG Matt Hughes (+135) vs Ricardo Almeida (-165)
FIGHT! Pick: Hughes Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Dustin Hazelett (-115) vs. Rick Story (-115)
FIGHT! Pick: Story Resulting Outcome: CORRECT