For nearly four years, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has ruled the 185-pound weight class with an iron fist. On August 7th at UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, he will look to add to his record six title defenses when he takes on the one man brash enough to call him out, number one contender Chael Sonnen.
“When we offered Chael Sonnen this shot at the title, he promised us one thing: that he was going to make this a fight,” said UFC President Dana White. “I know he means it, and after beating three legit contenders in Nate Marquardt, Yushin Okami, and Dan Miller, he’s definitely going to bring the best out of Anderson Silva on August 7th. And as far as Anderson is concerned, he wants to remind everybody why he’s considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”
Undefeated in the UFC and one of the most dominant champions to ever grace the Octagon, Anderson “The Spider” Silva made his sixth successful title defense against Demian Maia at UFC 112, a streak that dates back to July of 2007. But the champion now faces a fighter that believes he has figured out a way to stop The Spider.
“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.”
UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen takes place on August 7, 2010 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.