UFC 117 is right around the corner now and will air on pay-per-view tonight, so make sure that you tune in. The main event for the night is going to be the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight. This fight has been highly anticipated for months now and all of the trash talk can finally come to an end.
Chael Sonnen has been trash-talking Silva for what seems like months now, but now it’ll be time to see if he can back-up all the talk with a victory. Sonnen is going to have his work cut out for him tonight and if he expects to beat Silva he’s going to need to dominate the ground game.
Anderson Silva has been able to absolutely manhandle the Middleweight Division for years and I really can’t see Sonnen putting up much of a fight. Sonnen does have awesome wrestling skills and he may be able to use that to his advantage against Silva, but it’s definitely going to be the biggest fight of his career.
The problem with being a wrestler is that he’s fairly slow on his feet and Silva should be able to pick him apart. If Sonnen can’t keep the fight on the ground he has no chance of winning. If he tries to keep the fight standing up he’s going to quickly feel the power and quickness of Silva. Once Sonnen notices the power behind Silva’s punch, I expect him to try to recklessly take the fight to the ground.
UFC 117 Odds – Silva vs Sonnen Odds:
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Silva vs Sonnen Prediction:
Anderson Silva (26-4) should be able to beat Chael Sonnen (24-10-1) tonight, but he needs to try and stay away from the form he had in his last fight. Silva showed no respect at all for his opponent in his last fight and that isn’t what most people expect to see from one of the best fighters in the UFC.
Anderson Silva should be able to control most of the fight on his feet tonight. I expect Sonnen to possibly get a couple early takedowns, but Silva will prove to be too good tonight. Silva has the much better skill in muay thai, boxing and jiu jitsu.
The only advantage that Sonnen has over Silva is his wrestling game, but I just can’t see him being able to execute his game plan against someone as good as Silva. I easily think Silva is going to win this fight tonight, but at -500 odds it doesn’t have much value.
There are plenty of other excellent fights on the card for tonight at UFC 117, so if you don’t like laying a ton of juice then you may want to look for another fight to wager on. If picking a winner tonight though, then I’d definitely bet on Silva, as I just can’t see him getting beat by Sonnen.
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Ben Saunders –285 vs. Dennis Hallman +225
Clay Guida +105 vs. Rafael Dos Anjos -135
Ricardo Almeida –200 vs. Matt Hughes +160
Junior Dos Santos –325 vs. Roy Nelson +250
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