"I’m gonna beat him skill for skill, round by round, I’m gonna take him apart, and I may finish him in the first round." So says the fiercely confident Kenny Florian in the above trailer for UFC 101 (August 8th, Philly). Florian clearly sees his lightweight title fight against BJ Penn as the moment his entire career has been leading up to. An oddly clean-shaven Joe Rogan tells us that Penn has been training harder than ever , and says "I think we’re going to see a new, invigorated BJ Penn, and that’s a bad sign for everybody in the lightweight division."
Later, Dana White proclaims that "the Anderson Silva/Forrest Griffin fight has all the makings to be fight of the year," and Joe suggests that Griffin take a page from the Dan Henderson playbook: "[Forrest] is one of the biggest guys in the light-heavyweight division. If he gets Anderson to the ground, and he can hold onto him and beat on him for three rounds, it is conceivable that Forrest can walk away with a decision." Wow, you hear that Forrest? It’s conceivable! Onward to victory!
Above: Anderson Silva says he’s focusing on what Griffin is good at, not on his weaknesses, and adds that he’ll be particularly cautious of Forrest’s kicks. He also predicts that someone is going to get knocked out in their fight: "It’s not going to go to the end." Well, worst case scenario we’ll only be bored to death for 15 minutes instead of the usual 25.
Below: Though his last two fights were canceled due to injuries, Ultimate Fighter 7 winner Amir Sadollah (1-0) may finally be ready to make his post-TUF debut. Here’s some "proof of life" footage of Amir training like a normal, healthy person. He’ll take on undefeated WEC vet Johny Hendricks on the main card of UFC 101.