Everyone is all caught up on it, for one reason or another, but pro wrestling antics did not sell UFC 117. Shit talk sold UFC 117 plain and simple. A bunch of guys acting out false emotions and aggresions every monday night didn't sell 117. Chael Sonen dared to talk shit about Anderson Silva. Who up to that point had said a word about Silva? Silva had an aura about him, he was a destroyer of simple mortals by the name of Marquardt, Leites, Cote, Leben, and Maia. Sonen had the balls to talk shit to the baddest man at middleweight, and he talked a ton of it. He blew our minds and even tricked some of us into believing he had a much larger chance than he really did. Of course talking shit can only get you so far, especially when the matches aren't worked. I personally bought 117 to see if Sonen could back it up, he had ran his mouth so much by the time that 117 came around that I had to see if Sonen would nut up or shut up. All my buddies who also purchased 117 didn't buy it because it reminded them of wreslting, they bought it because they know what Silva can do to people and wanted to see what would happen when he was aggravated. Sonnen talk some legit shit, he cut to the point, pushed the limits, and then shocked the MMA world. Pro wrestling had nothing to do with it.