Anderson Silva has more than just the UFC Middleweight title to worry about on Saturday night. Al Dannity is expecting a big performance from the Brazilian master.
Silva to retain his title in style Dana White has sent out a clear and stark message to Anderson Silva ahead of Saturday’s UFC 117 pay-per-view. If the Brazilian repeats the theatrics that angered fans after his defense against Demian Maia, he will be kicked out of the company. While it would be extreme for White to fire Silva, especially if he beats Chael Sonnen, it’s far from impossible. That puts plenty of pressure of the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world to perform on Saturday night.
Luckily this fight is almost tailor made for the Anderson Silva of old, the one fans like to watch. Sonnen has spent the past few months calling out the champion so Silva won’t lack motivation. The challenger is a good fighter and he’s stood toe-to-toe with plenty of other good fighters but we need to pause for a minute here. This is Anderson Silva; when you say bad things about him, bad things happen to your face. Chael Sonnen is in for a rough night, take Anderson Silva at -556 with Sports Interaction.
Fitch can take Alves The co-main event sees Jon Fitch take on Thiago Alves. The winner of this fight will likely be next in line after Josh Kosheck for a shot at the UFC Welterweight championship. Fitch held the upper hand when these two fighters met four years ago and I’m expecting an equally thrilling fight on Saturday. It’s going to be tight but I like Jon Fitch, who has been far more active in the octagon than Alves, to win via decision.
Junior dos Santos will earn his shot While the winner of Fitch vs. Alves might earn a title shot, Dana White has made it clear that the winner of Junior dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson will earn a crack at the UFC Heavyweight title. Nelson is the underdog here and with good cause. His Brazilian opponent has taken out some of the top fighters in the division, earning wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Gilbert Yvel. I like Nelson to put in a better showing than that trio in this fight, largely because of his bizarre mix of size and athleticism, but it won’t be enough to win. Bet on Junior dos Santos at -417 to win with Sports Interaction.
Never count out a master Matt Hughes may be 37 but only a fool would count out the former UFC Welterweight champion against Ricardo Almeida this weekend. Hughes is an underdog at +135 but I like him to use his veteran instincts to score an upset.
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