Everybody knows UFC fighter Chael Sonnen can talk. After all, he used to be a politician. Now, Sonnen get’s a chance to back up his words as he fights Anderson Silva for the Ultimate Fighting Championship Middleweight title at UFC 117 tonight in Oakland, California. Silva is the UFC’s longest reigning champ and has a record 12-fight win streak but is very unpoular.

Also on the card of UFC 117 is a match between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves. Fitch is a gritty fighter but that’s nothing compared to Alves who returned to the Octagon right after having brain surgery. Alves added some unnecessary drama to the fight by failing to make weight by half a pound. That screwup will cost Alves 20% of tonight’s earnings and may cost him a UFC title shot. Former champion Matt Hugh and popular fat-guy Roy Nelson also appear on the UFC 117 card.

It’s a testament to how deep the card is that Hughes, who headlined UFC cards for years, is only the third fight on the 117 card.



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