By Andreas Hale
Photos by Joe Cordova
On Saturday, August 7th, UFC fans will be treated to a world championship showdown between middleweight title holder Anderson “The Spider” Silva and #1 challenger Chael Sonnen. Silva has dominated the 185-pound division since 2006, but Sonnen may be the one man with the style and determination to unseat him from his throne. The action packed night also features welterweight legend Matt Hughes as he takes on jiu-jitsu wizard Ricardo “Big Dog” Almeida, plus a rematch between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves and a heavyweight showdown featuring TUF winner Roy Nelson and rising contender Junior dos Santos.
Anderson Silva (184.5) vs. Chael Sonnen (185)
Jon Fitch (170.5) vs. Thiago Alves (171.5)
Clay Guida (156) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (156)
Matt Hughes (170.5) vs. Ricardo Almeida (170.5)
Junior dos Santos (240) vs. Roy Nelson (263)
Dustin Hazelett (169.5) vs. Rick Story (169.5)
Phil Davis (205.5) vs. Rodney Wallace (206)
Johny Hendricks (171) vs. Charlie Brenneman (171)
Stefan Struve (247) vs. Christian Morecraft (263)
Tim Boetsch (206) vs. Todd Brown (206)
Ben Saunders (171) vs. Dennis Hallman (171)
UFC 102: SILVA vs. SONNEN is available LIVE on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada. UFC 102 begins at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Visit the official UFC 117 site for more info.