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UFC Officially Announces UFC 117 Roster

With one of the longest mixed martial arts lulls of 2010 upon us, the sport’s biggest promotion has decided to finalize the roster for “UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen” on August 7th.

The show will be jumping off inside Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Controversial middleweight champ Anderson Silva will defend his strap against Chael Sonnen, who has emphatically emerged as MMA’s most articulate and entertaining smack talker.

The bitter rivals will throw down in OakTown to determine who the planet’s top 185-pounder is. When challenged, the Brazilian has displayed a vicious arsenal that’s sent most into unconsciousness.

Sonnen, on the other hand, has promised that a new king will be crowned if the vintage Silva doesn’t return.

Here is the complete 11-bout roster:

Preliminary Bouts:

Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Dennis Hallman vs. Ben Saunders
Johnny Hendricks vs Charlie Brenneman
Christian Morecraft vs. Stefan Struve
Dustin Hazelett vs. Rick Story
Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch

Main Bouts:

Junior Dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson
Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos (Swing Bout)
Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch
Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Championship)