UFC 117 Results & Live Play-by-Play

Aug 7, 2010
Sherdog.com will report from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., at 7:30 p.m. ET with play-by-play and live results of UFC 117, which is headlined by Anderson Silva versus Chael Sonnen.

Additionally, Jake Rossen will live blog the event in minute-by-minute format. Don't forget to check out the MMA Forums to discuss the card.

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Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman
Round 1
Hallman rushes out and clinches with double underhooks. He tries to throw Saunders to the mat but he is defending well. Hallman finally gets him off balance and tosses him down a little over a minute in. Hallman passes right up the middle to half and tries to ground-and-pound Saunders. Hallman lands a hard right elbow that bloodies Saunders a bit. Saunders tries to get a little offense going from the bottom, but Hallman takes the opening and batters him with punches. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Hallman.

Round 2
Saunders avoids the early clinch and hammers Hallman with some hard knees and a kick to the body. Hallman wants no part of the standup and shoots in for a surprisingly easy takedown. The Oakland crowd is not a fan of the groundwork; they boo loudly. Saunders shifts his hips looking for a submission but a savvy Hallman wriggles free before he gets into trouble. Hallman is back down on top and tries to pass to mount, but Saunders snares him in half guard again. Hallman slams a right elbow into Saunders face and blood starts to pour out around his left eye. Hallman is in complete control after taking the second round 10-9 on the Sherdog card.

Round 3
Saunders looks a bit desperate to start the third, perhaps knowing he needs a finish. He throws a head kick that is partially deflected and another kick to the body. Hallman catches another kick and works for a single that Saunders diligently defends. Hallman switches to double unders, but can't wrangle him to the ground. Referee Marcos Rosales separates the fighters. Saunders takes advantage of the situation and launches his most meaningful offensive attack of the fight. He lands a number of knees and a hard elbow, but Hallman stands tall and throws right back at him. A tiring Hallman looks like he tries to pull guard but immediately sweeps Saunders when they hit the ground. He rides out the rest of the round on top. Sherdog scores the round 10-9 for Saunders.

Official scores are 29-28 (twice) and 30-27 for Hallman, the winner of a unanimous decision.

Stefan Struve vs. Christian Morecraft
Round 1
Morecraft takes Struve down into side-control and searches for a submission. The lanky Struve gets his guard and locks up a triangle. It looks tight but as Struve rolls him over he loses it. Morecraft settles back into the guard and pounds Struve with big punches. Struve shifts for a submission but Morecraft slips past his legs and jumps to mount. Struve bucks and goes for a leg. Morecraft retreats and locks up a guillotine in the ensuing scramble. Struve defends and the horn sounds ending the action-packed round. Sherdog scores it 10-9 for Morecraft.

Round 2
Morecraft charges toward Struve and starts to throw bombs. Struve stands in and fires back. With his back along the cage Struve lobs a right-left-right combo that floors Morecraft. He falls awkwardly with one arm behind his back. Struve stands over and punches away until referee Herb Dean steps in at the 22-second mark to halt the bout.

Todd Brown vs. Tim Boetsch
Round 1
Not a whole lot of action in the first two minutes. Boetsch lands a couple kicks but nothing damaging. He then pushes Brown up against the cage and kicks out his leg to send him to the mat. Brown is right back up, but he is wobbled by a hard punch. Brown is not hurt badly and he re-engages when Boetsch backs off. The pace slows down as the fighters begin to tire. Sherdog scores round one 10-9 for Boetsch.

Round 2
Brown locks in double unders and drives Boetsch into the cage. Boetsch gets an under-over clinch and pushes Brown off. Brown scores with a hard low kick. Brown scores again with a right-hand lead. The crowd is growing restless again. The fight is following a tedious pace and the boos are flowing. Brown is moving forward, but that is the only thing distinguishing him from Boetsch over the past five minutes. Sherdog scores it 10-9 for Brown.

Round 3
Two minutes in and Boetsch finally hits a takedown. He pins brown against the cage and works for a guillotine. Brown defends and scrambles for a single of his own. He doesn't get it but he does get back to his feet. Brown pushes Boetsch against the cage but can't do anything. After a referee separation, Boetsch hits another takedown to cement the round and the fight in a lackluster effort. Sherdog scores it 10-9 for Boetsch.

The official scores are 29-28 on all three cards for Tim Boetsch, the winner by unanimous decision.

Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman
Round 1
Brenneman shoots out after Hendricks and cracks him a couple times. Hendricks fires back and grabs a front headlock and knees him to the face. Brenneman comes back again and flurries on Hendricks with punches. He shoots in and holds Hendricks along the cage. Referee Josh Rosenthal wants more action and stands the fight back up. Hendricks clinches, but Brenneman pushes him backward to the mat at the horn. Sherdog scores the close round 10-9 for Brenneman.

Round 2
Hendricks puts Brenneman down with a big left in a wild flurry. Brenneman got back up three times and was floored three more times, all by left hands. The final one was enough for Rosenthal, who steped in at 40 seconds giving Johnny Hendricks yet another UFC win.

Phil Davis vs. Rodney Wallace
Round 1
Davis lands a head kick that is partially blocked by Wallace. Wallace grabs a leg and tries to get the takedown. Davis hops on one leg and throws a huge elbow that misses. He scoots free and takes Wallace down. Davis butters him up with some elbows and moves to mount. He is making it look easy. Wallace gets to his feet for a second but Davis knees him to the face as he holds a front headlock. Davis takes it back down and elbows Wallace and then mounts him. Big first round goes to Davis on the Sherdog card 10-9.

Round 2
Davis circles Wallace looking for an opening early in the second. Davis looks like he is trying to work on things in the cage while Wallace looks gassed after taking a beating in the first. Davis takes him down off of a striking exchange and sets up on top. Wallace briefly escapes but Davis clinches and knees him, driving him back to the ground. Davis is outclassing Wallace but the smaller fighter is showing a ton of heart. Davis ties up Wallace and looks like he may have an arm isolated, but Wallace fight free again. His reward is another slew of punches to the face. The horn sounds and Davis is now up two-zip. Another 10-9 for Davis on the Sherdog card.

Round 3
Davis is stalking Wallace and it seems like he could end this whenever he wants. He takes Wallace down and takes side control. He grabs for a kimura and misses, allowing Wallace back up. Davis takes him right back down with a body lock. Davis mounts and tries to pin Wallace's arm behind his back. He can't get it and stands up. He kicks to Wallace's legs as the horn sounds. Good job by Wallace to survive. Davis goes a strong 15 to win what should be a lop-sided decision.

Official Scores: 30-27 (twice) and 30-26 for Phil Davis, the winner by unanimous decision.

Dustin Hazelett vs. Rick Story
Round 1
Story shoots right across the cage and into Hazelett's corner. He tries to throw but Hazelett jumps guard. Story bides his time and then shucks Hazelett to the mat. Story tries to engage, but Hazelett ties him up with his legs. Story works free and lands some short shots. Story is fighting a very physical bout and Hazelett is having problems working his finesse game on the ground. He is looking for subs but story is powering out. Story is back on top and wailing away. Hazelett gets back up and at the 10 second warning, Story assaults him again with punches. Sherdog scores the round 10-9 for Story.

Round 2
Story overwhelms Hazelett right off the bat in the second and drops him along the cage with punches. Hazelett survives, but referee Josh Rosenthal is right there and looks to be considering stopping the fight. Story lets Hazelett back up and pounds him with more punches, forcing Hazelett to shoot. Story sprawls and hammerers Hazelett with punches until Rosenthal steps in to save him at 1:15 of the second round.

Roy Nelson vs. Junior dos Santos
Round 1
Nelson backs dos Santos up and both fighters throw powerful punches that miss. Dos Santos goes to the body with a straight left and Nelson shoots a single. Dos Santos defends the takedown and works with his back against the fencing. Nelson is fighting for underhooks and the Oakland crowd lets the fighters hear it. Nelson connects with a knee and gets off the fence. The fighters trade jabs and dos Santos rocks his opponent’s world with an uppercut. Nelson stumbles and dos Santos cracks him with another uppercut. The Brazilian swarms with both hands, but Nelson covers up well and survives. Dos Santos drops Nelson with another uppercut and this time he’s more patient in his attack. He goes with knees from the Thai plum and another hard body shot. Nelson is hanging in there, and lands a right hand to gain enough space to escape the cage. Dos Santos lands a hard knee to the body and Nelson counters with a right hook. Another uppercut scores for dos Santos. The Team Black House fighter then works the body with both hands. Both fighters land right hooks in the final 10 seconds but it's dos Santos that gets the better of it.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 dos Santos
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 dos Santos
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-8 dos Santos

Round 2
Nelson absorbs a knee and then belts dos Santos with a right hand that gets a pop from the crowd. Nelson tries to follow up with a double, but his opponent has none of it. Dos Santos is mixing in body work with his hands nicely. The effort continues to pay off with openings for uppercuts. Nelson lands a left hook and dos Santos rips off several hard hooks to the body. Nelson shoots a long-range double and dos Santos shows great hips to stay upright. Dos Santos is now bleeding from a cut below the right eye. Swelling is present as well. Dos Santos shoots a single and Nelson sprawls on it. With blood trickling down his face, dos Santos lands a hard right to the body and defends a shot. The Brazilian starts to fight off his jab and it pays dividends on the inside with a blow to the midsection and another uppercut. Dos Santos swings wildly and then goes back to his technical boxing. Nelson drops his head and fails on a double at the 10-second warning.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 dos Santos
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 dos Santos
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 dos Santos

Round 3
Dos Santos lands a right kick to the body and Nelson opens up with his hands. Nelson scores with a right hook and dos Santos charges with punches. Nelson eats a few glancing blows and then a hard uppercut. Dos Santos backs Nelson up with his jab and then sets up a single-leg with a body shot. He takes Nelson down and then hits him with an uppercut as they both stand. Dos Santos continues to put on a bodyshot clinic and Nelson looks for a one-punch knockout that misses by a foot. Nelson is hit with a sharp knee to the body. Nelson lands a hard low kick and dos Santos piles it on with uppercuts and hooks to the body. Dos Santos has lost some steam on his punches, but his technique remains true to form late in the final round. Two hooks to the body buckle Nelson’s knees at the 40-second mark. Nelson is cracked by a right-hand counter but he continues to swing for the fences as dos Santos uses head movement to avoid the blows.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 dos Santos (30-26 dos Santos)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 dos Santos (30-27 dos Santos)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 dos Santos (30-26 dos Santos)

Official scores: 30-27 (twice) and 30-26 for Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, the winner by unanimous decision.

Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
Round 1
A feeling-out process extends well past the opening minute and the crowd lets the fighters hear it. Almeida is circling and trying to punch from the outside. Hughes lands a hard low kick and Almeida counters with a sharp right hand. From the clinch, Almeida lands a short right hand on the temple. The fighters separate and trade low kicks. Almeida goes to the body with a straight right and Hughes reaches well beyond the range of his own left jab. Hughes drops Almeida flat with a left hook. Hughes swarms and locks up a modified anaconda choke as Alemida tries to grab a leg. Hughes tightens it and Almeida goes to sleep. The official time for Hughes’ submission is 3:15 of round one.

Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Round 1
The fighters trade wild punches and nothing lands flush. Quida lands a low kick and a grazing kick to the face. Dos Anjos scores a low kick of his own and Guida snaps his head back with a right hook. The Brazilian shoots and Guida defends with underhooks. Guida turns the tables against the fence and searches for a takedown of his own. He struggles to complete the takedown as the crowd boos. Dos Anjos gets space to strike and gets off the cage. Dos Anjos misses a head kick and connects with a low kick. A hard left scores for dos Anjos. Guida sprawls on a takedown and blocks a head kick. Dos Anjos is starting to score with kicks to the left leg. Dos Anjos lands a hard right hand and gets the first takedown of the fight with 35 seconds remaining. Guida tries to hit a switch and then uses his back against the fence to stand.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos

Round 2
In between rounds, Dos Anjos tells his corner he can’t bite down. His second comforts him, saying “it’s not swollen; you’re good.” Guida pumps an awkward jab and dos Anjos continues his assault on the legs. Guida sets up a “Superman” punch with a front kick, but it falls short. Dos Anjos, a southpaw, lands another hard low kick and then clinches with his foil against the cage. Guida gets off the fence and misses hooks with both hands. Guida lacks confidence on his feet and it’s showing midway through round two. The wrestler winds up his punches and doesn’t have a feel for the range required to land. Guida rushes in with punches and sneaks in a double-leg takedown. Dos Anjos looks immediately for an omoplata, and Guida pulls his arm out. Dos Anjos displays more of his offensive guard with a triangle attempt. Guida passes to half guard and slaps the body with his right hand. Guida controls with both head and arm. He lets go to elbow the head and dos Anjos elbows back and gets the best of it.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos

Round 3
Guida connects with a right hook and then lifts dos Anjos high into the air and deposits him on the canvas. From half guard, Guida knees the body with his passed leg. Guida hits the head and body and then moves to head-and-arm control. Guida presses dos Anjos up against the fence and then dos Anjos taps out. Dos Anjos gets up holding his jaw, saying he tapped from injury. The brazilian complained about his jaw after the first round. The official time is 1:51 of the third frame.

Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Round 1
Alves counters a low kick with a sharp right hand. Fitch catches a lowkick and throws Alves to the canvas. Fitch is trying to transition to the back, but Alves is defending the hooks well. Fitch sneaks in his left hook, and Alves uses the window to stand. Fitch controls his back while standing, Alves gets to a sitting position with a whizzer and then uses his back against the fence to stand before being dragged back down. Alves sweeps and takes the top position, but does little with the position. Alves lets Fitch stand and both fighters stay close in the center of the Octagon. Alves is stalking Fitch around and cutting off the cage. Fitch lands a right hand to the body and gets stuffed on a takedown attempt. Fitch trips Alves to the canvas at the 10-second warning and works again from the back.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Fitch
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Fitch
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Fitch

Round 2
Alves connects with his jab and Fitch wastes no time in tripping his prey to the floor. Alves attempts a half-hearted guillotine and Fitch pulls his head free. Alves kicks off and nearly gets to his feet, but is tripped back down in less than a second. Fitch is controlling from the top, but doing absolutely nothing with the position. Alves is defending the control and looking for an avenue to stand. Alves briefly gets to his feet and Fitch trips him to the ground. The Oakland crowd boos the action level. Alves sweeps and the crowd comes to life. Alves throws a glancing punch and then stands. Fitch follows and blocks a switch kick. The round ends in the clinch with Alves dropping levels for what looked to be a takedown attempt of his own.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Fitch
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Fitch
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Fitch

Round 3
Fitch seems willing to trade a little to start round three. The fighters trade punches and kicks but both defend each other perfectly. Fitch drops levels for a single and Alves sprawls on it. Alves stops another shot. Fitch won’t be deterred however, and sneaks his way to Alves’ back on the floor against the fence. Fitch has a body triangle from the top with half of Alves’ back. Fitch hits the head while Alves tries to free the leg grip. Alves rolls over and Fitch has his back with both hooks and then a body triangle. Fitch looks briefly for a rear-naked choke before turning to take the mount. He goes to the side while applying another body triangle. Fitch looks to be setting up an arm triangle, and Alves sweeps while still in the triangle. Fitch holds the grip from guard and then lets go to push off the fence with his right foot. Alves stands and lands glancing punches as Fitch dives for a leg. Fitch stands but neither fighter throws a punch before time expires.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Fitch (30-27 Fitch)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Fitch (30-27 Fitch)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Fitch (30-27 Fitch)

Fitch takes the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Round 1
Sonnen runs right at Silva and the champion catches a leg and lets it go. Sonnen shoots from a distance and Silva easily stuffs it. The crowd is chanting for the champion and he reacts by landing a front kick. Sonnen blasts Silva with a right hand. Silva’s knees buckle and Sonnen lands another right hand. The crowd goes crazy. Silva gets a takedown to gain his bearings and then stands. Sonnen lands punches on Silva’s undefended jaw and scores a double-leg takedown. Sonnen moves to half guard and traps Silva’s right arm. Sonnen lands punches to the face as Silva works to get to his feet. Sonnen stays on him, punching the head ans Silva gives up his back. Sonnen briefly looks for a rear-naked choke and Silva gets to half guard. Sonnen tees off from the top and Silva is just getting punished against the fence. Silva is taking a beating. Sonnen dives in and blasts Silva with a lunging right hand. Sonnen moves to side control and then back to guard. Sonnen continues to tee off for the duration of the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-8 Sonnen

Round 2
Silva starts round two strong with a hard low kick. He kicks Sonnen again and then is taken down as the challenger catches his leg. From half guard, Sonnen slaps the ears with both hands in double-chop fashion. Shoulder punches score for Sonnen and Silva gets back to guard. Sonnen lands a left hand as Silva works wrist control on the right arm. Sonnen gets too playful and Silva lands a sharp elbow from the bottom. The crowd is reacting to each strike from Sonnen, but the punches aren’t scoring with the force they were in round one. Sonnen stacks and punches the head. Silva looks for an armbar on the right elbow and Sonnen has none of it. The pace slows a bit as Sonnen rests from the top. Silva is doing some nifty defensive-guard work to keep Sonnen at bay. Silva gives up his back in an attempt to stand and Silva locks a kimura on the left elbow. Silva transitions to a heel hook and Sonnen gets free before the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Sonnen

Round 3
Silva shows he’s still alive with a left hook in the opening seconds of round three. Silva lands a spinning-back kick and Sonnen rushes in to take him down. He scores the single trip and Silva gives up his back to work a kimura on the left arm. Sonnen seems content with the position, as he knees the body and hits the head. Silva gets to guard and is greeted by a right hand to the body and a left to the temple. Sonnen crossfaces and advances to side control. The crowd starts to chant for the challenger. Silva gets back to guard and locks on a body triangle. Sonnen lands short elbows to the head from the crowded positioning. Sonnen switches to his hands: lefts to the head and digging rights to the body. Silva lets go of the triangle to go high with his hips in search of offense. Sonnen has none of it. Sonnen is choking Silva with his right forearm from the guard. It’s not dangerous for the champion, but it forces him to constantly adjust his guard from the bottom. Silva lands an elbow from the bottom and the horn sounds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Sonnen

Round 4
Sonnen runs right at Silva and pays the price. Silva is all over the challenger with a left hand and kicks to the body and legs. Silva misses an upward elbow like he knocked Tony Fryklund out with, and Sonnen pulls guard to weather the storm. Sonnen plays the strategy perfect as he sweeps and takes the top position. From the top in guard, Sonnen puts his left glove over the mouth and nose of the champion to smother and punches the head with his right hand. Silva goes to the butterfly guard and Sonnen continues to land to the head with both hands. Silva lands an elbow from the bottom and Sonnen is bleeding from a cut above his left eye. The pace has slowed and referee Josh Rosenthal looks like he may stand them up, but instead lets time expire.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Sonnen

Round 5
Sonnen’s cut is deep and severe. It’s packed with petroleum jelly and the fighters engage for the final round. Sonnen flops on a takedown and Silva makes him stand. Silva gets comfortable and Sonnen knocks him off balance and down to the floor with a straight left. It was a partial slip, but the crowd and commentators react as if it is a knockdown. Three hard right hands connect with the head of Silva from the guard. Sonnen looks to be in complete control from the top, but Silva slaps on a triangle. Silva switches to the arm and Sonnen taps. There’s confusion as to whether the challenger submitted, but replays show he clearly tapped the leg one time as his arm was extended. The champion retains his title in incredible fashion at 3:10 of the fifth round.

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