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Dennis Hallman vs. Ben Saunders Expected for UFC 117 on August 7 in Oakland

Dennis HallmanWith plans to drop to lightweight apparently on hold, veteran welterweight Dennis Hallman will look to bounce back from his first loss in more than three years when he likely returns to action against Ben Saunders at UFC 117 on August 7 in Oakland, California, according to MMAjunkie.

Hallman (39-13-2), who holds two notable victories over former champ Matt Hughes, appeared on his way to earning a decision victory over John Howard in his return to the UFC in December, but was knocked out with just 5-seconds remaining to snap a four-fight win streak that dated back to 2006.

A castmember on The Ultimate Fighter 6, Saunders (8-2-2) rebounded from his first career loss to Mike Swick last June with a first-round KO of Marcus Davis in November, but dropped a unanimous decision to 170-pound contender Jon Fitch in March.

UFC 117 is headlined by middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and is also rumored to feature Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch and Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida.

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