UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will defend his title against Chael Sonnen on Aug. 7 in Oakland, Calif., the UFC announced Thursday.

The bout will headline UFC 117 at the Oracle Arena.

In the co-main event, Matt Hughes will take on Ricardo Almeida in a welterweight bout. The UFC also announced a lightweight matchup between Clay Guida and Rafael dos Anjos.

“When we offered Chael Sonnen this shot at the title, he promised us one thing: that he was going to make this a fight,” UFC President Dana White said in a news release.

Sonnen, the No. 2-ranked middleweight, has won three straight bouts in the UFC, including a unanimous decision over Nate Marquardt in February at UFC 109.

“He’s been ducking me for four years,” Sonnen said of Silva in the news release. “This fight is a large part about the title and a large part about him. We’re not going to be friends. He’s not my kind of guy. But this fight is also to prove a point to the rest of the guys in the division. One guy has challenged him in four years and it’s been me.”

Silva has won all 11 of his UFC bouts. He is 26-4 overall and ranked by Sherdog.com as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

“Chael is a very good fighter,” Silva said. “I am training very hard with my team, and Minotauro Nogueira and Lyoto Machida, and I will be ready. This is a title fight and I expect him to be ready because I know I will be. If the guy wants to talk, that’s fine. It’s a lot different inside the Octagon.”


Anderson Silva (No. 1 MW, No. 1 PFP) vs. Chael Sonnen (No. 2 MW)

Jon Fitch (No. 2 WW, No. 5 PFP) vs. Thiago Alves (No. 3 WW)*
Junior dos Santos (No. 6 HW) vs. Roy Nelson *
Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
Dustin Hazelett vs. Rick Story *
Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman *
Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman *

* - Matchup has not been officially announced.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Watch Anderson Silva Destroy Chael Sonnen in Their Rematch (UFC 208 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 8 views

Anderson Silva extended his consecutive title defenses record to 10 when he defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 148. Silva faces Derek Brunson at UFC 208 on Saturday. read news >>

Derek Brunson Says Anderson Silva's Losses are Due to 'Unfortunate Events' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 11 views

Middleweight contender Derek Brunson faces former champion Anderson Silva in the UFC 208 co-main event with hopes that a win will put him back into title talk. read news >>

Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson: UFC 208 Countdown Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC Countdown goes inside the lives and training camp Legendary middleweight Anderson Silva as he prepares to return to form against Derek Brunson at UFC 208. read news >>

'UFC 208 Embedded,' No 2: Coffee talk with Holly Holm, Anderson Silva meets a U.S. border agent

  • 11 days ago
  • 41 views

The UFC returns to New York this week for UFC 208, and the organization has rolled out the “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Filed und read news >>

Champ Stipe Miocic official for UFC 211 rematch vs. Junior Dos Santos; relive first fight inside

  • 11 days ago
  • 30 views

It’s official: Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will headline UFC 211 in Texas against former champ Junior Dos Santos in May. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Anderson Silva Says Fighters Union is 'Important, This is the Future' (UFC 208 Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 7 views

Former champion Anderson Silva talks about his dream of boxing Roy Jones Jr., the importance of a fighters' union, and his passion for mixed martial arts. read news >>

His place in history secure, Anderson Silva aims to entertain at UFC 208

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 views

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – It’s a similar position to that which he faced seven months ago, coming in on short notice to help save a show. No problem, says Anderson Silva. Whatever it takes to help keep fans h read news >>

UFC 208's Derek Brunson: Anderson Silva not sitting on the couch – he's tricky

  • 11 days ago
  • 5 views

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – UFC middleweight Derek Brunson was just as surprised as everyone else to be fighting Anderson Silva at UFC 208. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Videos read news >>

Inside the impressive career facts and figures for UFC 208 co-headliner Anderson Silva

  • 11 days ago
  • 13 views

Former longtime pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva once again returns to the octagon on Saturday when he takes on Derek Brunson in the UFC 208 co-main event. Get a look at his impressive career numb read news >>

At UFC 208, Anderson Silva's Fighting Future Hinges on Outcome

  • 10 days ago
  • 20 views

There was a time when Anderson Silva would have eaten his UFC 208 opponent, Derek Brunson, alive. That's no knock on Brunson, who is slotted at No. 8 in the UFC rankings. It's just that, well, this i read news >>