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Roy “Crash Test Country” Nelson and his indestructible stomach (GIF).

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“I’m a Nogueira brothers black belt, and I’d give my life for them. I say that and I don’t need to patronize them nor them me. Rodrigo is my master and Rogério is a brother and teacher to me. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today. I decided to put on the gi as a tribute to them and for the things I’d said. I told Rodrigo I’d get the submission in this fight. I told him that. Everything worked out yet again.”

Reigning UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva validates his jiu-jitsu black belt under the Nogueira brothers with a fifth round submission win (triangle choke) over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 on Aug. 7 in Oakland. Sonnen referred to “The Spider’s” black belt as “a toy that you get in a happy meal” in his pre-fight trash talk but in the end, was denied what could have been a lopsided win to usurp the Brazilian’s title. Now the wrestler and ex-politician must wait for an eventual rematch while Silva cures what ails him and gears up for his next title defense. But has Sonnen paved the way for future challengers?

Fight Gallery:UFC 117

Posted: August 8, 2010 in Fight Gallery
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On August 6 that headline reads like a bad joke. On August 8 it’s fact, not fiction.

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Thanks to FightMetric.com for the stats. For complete UFC 117: “Silva vs. Sonnen” results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here and here.

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Props: UFC 117 post-fight press conference

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“I’m devastated. I came in second [place]. I worked hard, did what I could do and all that other nice stuff. But at the end of the day, you either get your hand raised or you don’t. And I didn’t. That’s it. I have to live with it. I’m devastated…. Fighting Anderson Silva is like eating Chinese food — in 20 minutes I’m going to want to do it again…. I’m not going to apologize for anything, I’m not backing off my stance. And if I ever did, I would send myself a pink slip and move on in life. I have one goal: Become a world champion. And I am not backing off that goal because of tonight’s decision…. I’m not Dog the Bounty Hunter — I don’t issue apologies. You’re not going to be the first one to get one out of me…. I can’t sugar coat it — my heart is broken. I wrestled for a world championship, I came in second. I fought in the WEC for a world championship, I came in second. Now I’m in the UFC, and again, I’m a runner up. It hurts really bad. I just can’t put it any other way…. He hit me hard. Right off the bat, he kicked me in the stomach. I’ve never been kicked like that. But I don’t allow myself to be hurt — I’ll walk through anything he gives, and at the end of the night, go get stitched up…. Look, he’s a good fighter and he found a way to win. That’s what champions do…. I’m never going to change. I’m always going to go after number one, whoever it is. If it’s Anderson, or I’ve got to go up to the guys at 205, or I have to go on a diet and go after guys like Jose Aldo, it doesn’t matter, I’ll do it. If you’ve got the belt, I’m coming after you…. Here’s the truth: If the commissioner would sanction it, and Dana [White] would move, I would fight him again right now…. He won tonight, he is the better guy. That’s it.”

Chael Sonnen makes no excuses for his stunning submission loss to middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117 last night (Aug. 7), admitting that “The Spider” is indeed the better fighter after pulling off a dramatic come-from-behind fifth round victory. Sonnen battered the Brazilian for nearly 25 minutes, but with less than two minutes to go in a fight that he was clearly winning, he got caught in a tight triangle choke. He did all he could to escape, but he just couldn’t wiggle himself free. So close, yet so far away. That appears to be a recurring theme throughout his competitive career, coming in second place when it matters most. Is Sonnen destined to be runner up again if and when he gets another opportunity, or did he demonstrate last night that it’s only a matter of time before he can call himself a world champion? Sound off, Maniacs.

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“I could hear my corner yelling ‘Throw the hook!’ so the hook was there, I threw [it], he was dazed and went down. I got him in the front headlock position and that’s an old wrestling move I used to use in college and it’s probably something Ricardo’s never seen. He’s a great grappler but that’s something he was probably unprepared for and he wasn’t thinking right from the knockdown. [I won’t be back] this year. I’m gonna hunt the fall out and come next year I’ll talk to the UFC and figure something out. I’m not done fighting in the UFC yet. I don’t want to be labeled as a guy looking for the Gracies. I’ve never asked to fight a Gracie, the UFC has always come to me with fighting the Gracies, Ricardo came to me. I don’t want that. I’ve got too much respect for them to be labeled the ‘Gracie Killer.'”

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes talks to AOL Fanhouse about his third straight victory over a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu disciple with last night’s (Aug. 7) submission win over Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117 in Oakland. “Big Dog” joins Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie and of course Royce Gracie on the farmboy’s Sakuraba-like fight resume but Hughes cautions that being up four-to-zip doesn’t make him a “Gracie Killer.” With his pending return in 2011, is there still a spot in the current title hunt for the man who put the 170-pound division on the map? Or will he compete sporadically in “fights that interest him” like fellow elder statesman Randy Couture?

Pic of Stefan Struve’s busted, bloody and swollen lip after his war with Christian Morecraft at UFC 117. “Skyscraper” would have the last laugh, scoring a ‘Goodfellas’-esque “Knockout of the Night” in round two.

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Cain Velasquez is the UFC heavyweight number one contender and will likely fight defending champion Brock Lesnar later this year.

And win or lose, the promotion has already named an upcoming bout to determine which fighter will take his place as potential heir to the throne.

UFC President Dana White has confirmed that the recently announced top contender match-up between Junior dos Santos and Roy Nelson at UFC 117 will decide the next division number one contender when it goes down on August 7 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

“Cigano” cemented his place among the heavyweight big guns after a string of impressive performances against the likes of former Pride FC star Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 103, Gilbert Yvel at UFC 108, and most recently against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC on Versus 1.

The hard-hitting Brazilian is now right on the cusp of his first opportunity to fight for a world title. A win over Nelson at UFC 117, marking his sixth straight victory inside the Octagon, should finally put him over the hump.

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But it won’t be easy.

“Big Country” endeared himself to casual MMA fans (not really) by pounding out Kimbo Slice during The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 reality show.

After airmailing Brendan Schaub back to Denver at last December’s TUF 10 Finale, the portly powerhouse put Stefan Struve on queer street at UFC Fight Night 21 back in March.

If Roy can somehow find a way to put a stop to Junior’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, it will be the last stop on his improbable ascension to the top of the UFC heavyweight mountain.

No gut, no glory.

UFC 117 is set to be headlined by the middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Also featured will be perennial top welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves along with another 170-pound showdown between Matt Hughes and Ricardo Almeida.