Friday, August 7, 2009

UFC 101: Declaration

UFC 101: Declaration will be taking place this weekend inside the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA.

The PPV event will feature the lightweight title bout between champ BJ Penn and top contender Kenny Florian. The PPV broadcast will begin airing live at 10PM ET/7PM PT.

As always, Fightline will be providing free live coverage of the show, as well as the latest breaking news leading up to the event. They will have quick preliminary card results beginning at 7 PM EST, followed by detailed round-by-round coverage of the main card at 10 PM EST.

Here is a rundown of the show with my predictions for the Main Card:

Main Card:

- UFC Lightweight Championship: BJ Penn (c) vs. Kenny Florian

I do not like BJ Penn at all. I think he is a over-rated fighter and his attitude sucks. Don't get me wrong he does have some big wins in his career but he hasn't done anything special recently except whine about his loss to Georges St. Pierre. Kenny Florian on the other hand is a star on the rise. When he came off the ultimate fighter he was already a good fighter. Since then he has improved every aspect on his game. I smell a new Champ.

Prediction: Kenny Florian

- Forrest Griffin vs. Anderson Silva

This has the makings of a blockbuster fight. Forrest Griffin won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter helping to bring UFC into the mainstream. He has since won and lost the belt and has a great career ahead of him. He is unfortunately fighting The Best pound for pound fighter in the world in Anderson Silva. Silva is coming off a disappointing title defense and will be looking to redeem himself in this fight and that is a scary thought. Griffin has a great chin so I'm guessing submission here.

Prediction: Anderson Silva

- Amir Sadollah vs. Johny Hendricks

I gotta go with Amir in this one. He has not fought since he won the ultimate fighter 2 seasons ago and has been dying to get back in the octogon. Working through some injuries to get himself back in shape he's gonna want to make an impact in his return fight and he has the talent to do so.

Prediction: Amir Sadollah

- Ricardo Almeida vs. Kendall Grove

I'm going with another Ultimate Fighter alum in this one. Kendall Grove needs to win this fight to get on track. He started off strong coming out of the show but then things went downhill. After a couple losing efforts he was relegated to the pre-show. He's back to his winning ways and I see him keeping it up

Prediction: Kendall Grove

- Kurt Pellegrino vs. Josh Neer

This is my sleeper fight. Both very talented fighters. They can both keep it standing and both take it to the ground. This is a very hard one to call.

Prediction: Josh Neer

Preliminary Card (May Not Be Televised):

- Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley

- Tamdan McCrory vs. John Howard - Gotta root for Tamdan in this one. He owns a MMA gym in Binghamton, where I live. I wanna join. I don't plan to fight but I love the sport and its a great way to get in shape.

- Thales Leites vs. Alessio Sakara

- Matt Riddle vs. Dan Cramer

- George Sotiropoulos vs. George Roop

- Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort

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