Having already taken an in-depth look at UFC 101’s under card fights, it’s now time to do the same for the pay-per-view portion of this Saturday night’s action.
The main draws for “Declaration” are Penn vs. Florian and Griffin vs. A. Silva but there’s plenty more to look forward to.
B.J. Penn (13-5-1) vs. Kenny Florian (11-3): The lightweight champ B.J. Penn seeks to make a step forward in cementing his legacy as one of the best ever when he defends his lightweight title against the talented and intelligent Kenny Florian. “Kenflo” has been working with GSP in preparation for this bout, as well as a top-flight nutritionist. With Mark Dellagrotte and a slew of quality training partners, Kenny stands a solid chance at performing very well against Penn. What will once again be the deciding factor for B.J. is conditioning, because the talent has always been there for the Hawaiian.
EDGE: Too close to call
Forrest Griffin (16-5) vs. Anderson Silva (24-4): Griffin comes into this fight as the former light heavyweight champion but is the underdog due to Anderson Silva being, well, Anderson Silva. Forrest has an incredible opportunity here to upset one of the top ranked pound-for-pound fighters and has the size advantage on his side. I’m expecting an incredible fight that could go the distance and become one of the best of 2009.
Amir Sadollah (1-0) vs. Johny Hendricks (5-0): Hendricks will be making his UFC debut in this match against TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah. With more Octagon time and a fluid game on both the feet and ground, Amir could very well prove too refined for Johny’s evolving set of skills. Hedricks will need to rely on his wrestling base and not panic during submission attempts.
Kurt Pellegrino (13-4) vs. Josh Neer (25-7-1): This could very well be Fight of the Night if both men show up ready for a three round war. With Neer’s recent legal troubles, one would have reason to say Pellegrino may be in a better place mentally for this fight. With contender status possibly on the line, look for Pellegrino to employ intelligent striking along with his slick ground game while Neer attempts to press the pace.