UFC 117

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UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen
UFC 117 Final Revision.jpg
The poster for UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateAugust 7, 2010
VenueOracle Arena
CityOakland, California
Total gate$1,560,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2

UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 7, 2010 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, United States.[3]


UFC President Dana White announced via ESPN on Jim Rome is Burning that Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva would face Chael Sonnen on August 7.[4][5]

White threatened to cut Silva from the UFC if he fought the same way he did in his previous bout in Abu Dhabi at UFC 112. "I'm telling you right now, if he acts like that again in the ring, I will cut him," said White. "I don't care if he's the pound for pound best fighter in the world. I don't care if he's the middleweight champion."

A bout between Joey Beltran and Matt Mitrione was reported to be in the works.[6] The fight was later moved to UFC 119.[7]

Stanislav Nedkov was scheduled to make his UFC debut against Rodney Wallace, but was replaced by Phil Davis after sustaining an injury.[8]

Thiago Silva was scheduled to face Tim Boetsch, but was forced off the card with an aggravated back injury.[9] Silva's replacement was Todd Brown.[10]

Dana White confirmed that the winner of the Fitch vs. Alves fight would receive a title shot.[11][12]

The Fitch/Alves fight was changed to catchweight status after Alves weighed in at 171.5 lb; 0.5 lb over the 171 lb welterweight limit for non title fights. Alves was fined 20% of his purse.[13]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Anderson Silva (c) def Chael Sonnen Submission (triangle armbar) 5 3:10 [a]
Catchweight (171.5 lb) Jon Fitch def Thiago Alves Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Clay Guida def Rafael dos Anjos Submission (jaw injury) 3 1:51
Welterweight Matt Hughes def Ricardo Almeida Technical Submission (Dave Schultz front headlock) 1 3:15
Heavyweight Junior dos Santos def Roy Nelson Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Rick Story def Dustin Hazelett TKO (punches) 2 1:15
Light Heavyweight Phil Davis def Rodney Wallace Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Johny Hendricks def Charlie Brenneman TKO (punches) 2 0:40
Light Heavyweight Tim Boetsch def Todd Brown Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Stefan Struve def Christian Morecraft KO (punches) 2 0:22
Welterweight Dennis Hallman def Ben Saunders Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.[14]

  • Fight of the Night: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Knockout of the Night: Stefan Struve
  • Submission of the Night: Matt Hughes

Reported Payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the California State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[15]

  • Anderson Silva $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Chael Sonnen $35,000
  • Jon Fitch $108,000 ($54,000 win bonus) def. Thiago Alves $60,000
  • Clay Guida $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus) def. Rafael dos Anjos $12,000
  • Matt Hughes $200,000 ($100,000 win bonus) def. Ricardo Almeida $35,000
  • Junior dos Santos $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus) def. Roy Nelson $15,000
  • Rick Story $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Hazlett $18,000
  • Phil Davis $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus) def. Rodney Wallace $6,000
  • Johny Hendricks $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Charlie Brenneman $8,000
  • Tim Boetsch $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus) def. Todd Brown $6,000
  • Stefan Struve $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Christian Morecraft $8,000
  • Dennis Hallman $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Ben Saunders $12,000

^ Thiago Alves was reportedly fined 20 percent of his purse for failing to make the 170-pound welterweight limit. The CSAC's initial report did not include information on the penalty.


  1. ^ a b "UFC 117 draws reported 12,971 attendees for $1.56 million live gate". mmajunkie.com. August 8, 2010.
  2. ^ "Latest Estimates of UFC 117 Pay Per View Buys Dramatically Lower at 600,000". Bloody Elbow.
  3. ^ "UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen". ufc.com. August 7, 2010.
  4. ^ "Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen targeted for August in Utah, potentially UFC 117". mmajunkie.com. April 14, 2010.
  5. ^ "UFC Planning Silva-Sonnen Showdown". sherdog.com. April 14, 2010.
  6. ^ "TrueFighting.com". Truefighting.webs.com. May 10, 2010. Archived from the original on May 14, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
  7. ^ Marrocco, Steven (May 28, 2010). "UFC 119 targeted for Sept. 25 in Indianapolis, Mitrione vs. Beltran on tap". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Phil Davis replaces injured Stanislav Nedkov, meets Rodney Wallace at UFC 117". mmajunkie.com. July 22, 2010. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012.
  9. ^ Morgan, John; Marrocco, Steven (July 27, 2010). "Thiago Silva injured again, replacement search underway for UFC 117 slot". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  10. ^ Stupp, Dann (July 27, 2010). "UFC newcomer Todd Brown replaces Thiago Silva at UFC 117, meets Tim Boetsch". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2010.
  11. ^ Morgan, John (July 4, 2010). "Lesnar vs. Velasquez up next for UFC title; Dos Santos vs. Nelson winner on deck". MMAjunkie.com.
  12. ^ "Dana White confirms UFC 117s Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves winner gets title shot". mmajunkie.com. August 5, 2010.
  13. ^ "UFC 117 live weigh-in results". mmajunkie.com. August 6, 2010.
  14. ^ Thomas, Nick (August 8, 2010). "UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen Post-Fight Press Conference". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  15. ^ "UFC 117 salaries: Anderson Silva and Matt Hughes top $1 million fighter payroll". mmajunkie.com. August 16, 2010.

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