UFC 117 odds handicappers will focus on the Middleweight title fight between defending champion Anderson Silva of Brazil and UFC betting underdog Chael Sonnen of the USA.
UFC 117 will take place on August 7 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
Anderson “The Spider” Silva has an overall record of 26-4 while Sonnen is 26-10-1.
Also on the card will be two Welterweight bouts. American John Fitch will take on Thiago “Pitbull” Alves of Brazil. Fitch has a record of 25-3 while Alves is 22-5.
This one is a much anticipated rematch from a fight that took place on June 28, 2006 at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 when Fitch scored a TKO by up kicks and punches at the 4:37 mark of the 2nd round.
Alves went on to win his next 7 bouts that followed but saw that streak end in his last bout at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 when he lost a unanimous decision to George St. Pierre of Canada in the Welterweight Championship bout.
Fitch also lost a Welterweight Championship fight against St. Pierre at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008 in another unanimous decision. He has gone on to win the next four fights that followed.
The other Welterweight fight will be between Matt Hughes of the United States and Ricardo “Big Dog” Almeida of Brazil. Hughes has a record of 45-7 while Almeida is 12-3.
In Lightweight action the United States’ Clay “The Carpenter”Guida will take on Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil. Guida has a record of 26-8 while Dos Anjos is 14-4.
There will be one Heavyweight bout on the main card with Roy “Big Country” Nelson of the United States taking on Brazil’s Junior Dos Santos, AKA”Cigano.” Nelson has a career mark of 16-4 while Dos Santos is 11-1.
Sonnen is the number one Middleweight challenger in UFC gambling as Anderson has been the dominant force in the division.
The preliminary card will also be highlighted by a USA-Brazil matchup as Thiago Silva of Brazil will take on Tim Boetsch in a Light Heavyweight showdown.
Silva has lost 2 out of his last 3 bouts while Boetsch won the Light Heavyweight title of the 5150 Combat League. He returns after being released by the UFC in June of 2009 after a 2-2 mark.