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Lineup Nearly Complete for ‘UFC 101: Declaration’

(Kenny Florian, who may be taking over for Barack Obama in 2013, plugs UFC 101 on Good Day Philadelphia.)

MMA Junkie passes along the news that UFC 101 (August 8th, Philadelphia) has been given the official title of "Declaration" — get it, geniuses? — and points out that the main card bouts (as well as five prelim fights) are now finalized. Here’s what we’re dealing with:

B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian (for lightweight championship)
Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin (LHW)
Amir Sadollah vs. Johny Hendricks (WW)
Kendall Grove vs. Ricardo Almeida (MW)
Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellegrino (LW)

Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley (LW)
Tamdan McCrory vs. John Howard (WW)
Matt Riddle vs. Dan Cramer (WW)
George Sotiropoulos vs. Rob Emerson (LW)
Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort (WW)

So, other than the two headlining fights, it’s a Fight Night-caliber lineup, for the most part — but those two fights are going to be sick, so who’s really complaining? Plus, there’s that reported match between Thales Leites and Alessio Sakara, which would be a welcome addition. Between Penn, Silva, Sadollah, Leites, and the Nelson/Riley rematch, they may as well call this card "Redemption 2." If you got early predictions, holla…

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Da Truth- May 18, 2009 at 9:14 am
Sorry but who gives a damn about Amir after all this time? winning a lame season of TUF should not put You in the top tier...
Hexed79- May 15, 2009 at 8:14 am
@peacexxl: Last I saw, Vegas had it at 300 billion : 1.

I don't think it will happen, but I really hope Forrest beats Silva. Someone needs to knock the Spider of his high-horse again and remind him what he does for a living.

Like any fat girl 8 beers deep, Forrest is a perfect drought-breaker.
peacexxl- May 14, 2009 at 7:19 pm
What are the odds Sadollah makes it all the way to the cage for this fight without another injury?
intercept440- May 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm
im taking florian over BJ and i hope wins in the first, so bj can start some other crap that wont go away, something like this . OOooo.. kenny was hiding brass knuckles in his hoo hooo..

i think forrest will do whatever it takes to beat silva, he doesnt want to lose two in a row, i might add no one thought forest would beat rampage either, and by dropping a weight class forrest should be even better than a LHW

im taking florian and forrest
PurplePickle- May 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm
I have a gut feeling Forrest will pull it out. Anderson will probably prove me wrong, but I'm going on record anyway. I want to see what the Spider will do with such a large opponent that can absorb punishment like Griffin.
Griffin is a big LHW and may be able to stifle Anderson's offense.
My biggest concern is Griffin's propensity for bleeding. He cuts easily and Anderson can lacerate the best of them. Of course the longer I take to type this post, I am convincing myself that Silva wins by second rnd TKO. Fuck it, I give up.
Poo Flinger- May 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm
I think Silva will win, but I think Forest will be the first to show us what happens when Silva gets hit hard.
BJ will win if he is in shape. I hope BJ is not in shape. I hope Florian slashes his face open with his elbows.
IronClad- May 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Then Penn will accuse Florian of greasing. BJ will probably take 20-30 minutes to him self and then finger his own ham clam
IronClad- May 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Penn wont walk away.........period.
IronClad- May 14, 2009 at 3:09 pm
Silva is going to hurt Forest

Kenny Florian will out strike Bj Penn with kick after kick...then split Bj's face open with his razor blade elbows......then choke him out if he so chooses to.

Penn will not walk away with the belt....
LittleDoomsday- May 14, 2009 at 2:50 pm
Where has Sotiropoulos been? I hope he steamrolls Emerson.
Nippletwist- May 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm
is melvin guillard ever going to fight again? is he injured or some shit? who wins by KO in the first round and then doesn't get a fight for like a year?
831 Son- May 14, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Anderson is gonna bring it. Dudes gonna beat Forest. I like Forest and all, but Silva will win regardless of the fact hes moving up to Light Heavy. Its gonna be sick.
HereForTheBooze- May 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm
Holy Shit!!! Wiffa!! How do you find such amazing things!!

Although I can't imagine a UFC fighter would have too hard of a time picking up bitches. That is as long as he won his fight.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- May 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm
Seriously, we haven't seen Saddollah since he made Launchpad McTap well... Tap the second time and he gets main card status over "The Barncat." What the fuck? Tamdan McCrory is the man... even though he can't get laid and tried out for "The Pick-up Artist."

PHELPS- May 14, 2009 at 1:09 pm
@ Arm
You can't make comparisons like that in mma. That methodology has been proven wrong too many times. Kenny/BJ should be a great fight as long as BJ is motivated, which is unlikely since he is training in his alcoholic grandfather's garage.
ArmFarmer- May 14, 2009 at 12:57 pm
BJ took two rounds to beat Joe Stevenson who's proven to be nothing but a can crusher, and who kenny choked out in round 1, but you guys think Kenny can't make it out of 1 round with BJ?? Why?
Koeikan- May 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm
Florian has really turned into a great ambassador for the UFC. He's probably the most well spoken and it doesn't hurt that he's now the #1 contender.

Dana must be pretty glad to have him...
GPN- May 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Go Barn cat! Lets hope he gets to come out to Thunderhorse this time.
LMH- May 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Florian/Penn is going to be a war. I hope KenFlo pulls through, he's one of the classiest fighters in the game today.
NateGetsIrate- May 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm
Penn by rear-naked in round 1.
Silva by decision.
Amir by triangle choke round 1.
Almeida by TKO round 1.
Neer by decision.

Nelson by decision.
Tamdan by arm bar round 2.
Riddle by decision.
George by DQ (Lords of So Cal jump into ring during middle of round 2 all NWO-style).
Lennox by spinning back fist round 1.
PHELPS- May 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm
I'm excited for this, since i actually plan on going. Maybe i'll even start a Fedor chant
mayhem- May 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm
BJ should take this even though I think Kenny will give him a good fight at first.
I like Forrest over Anderson and ..... the fight of the night will be:
Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellegrino.
Oh and Amir is going to actually fight someone other than CB? We will see.....
he still has plenty of time to get hurt in training between now and then.
I like this card...
rokabee- May 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm
I like it, alot. Can't wait, this is such an awesome summer of fights.
Kim Couture is a cunt- May 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Even though I'd love Forrest to maim Anderson I say......

First rnd KO - Silva
First rnd TKO Baby Jay
Fedor- May 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm
Dont think Florian will win though. Penn owns the LW division