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Penn Claims Florian Fight Is On For UFC 101 in Philly

(Time to "kill that master"? Photos courtesy of GrapplingStore and MMASplatter.)

According to a new posting on, the UFC lightweight champ will defend his lightweight title against #1 contender Kenny Florian in the headlining bout of UFC 101 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 8th. The report states that Florian has already signed the bout agreement, and Penn’s own signing was imminent. It will be the first time the UFC’s lightweight title has been contested in 15 months, since BJ Penn defeated Sean Sherk by TKO at UFC 84 last May. Florian has won his last six fights (five by stoppage), but hasn’t competed since his first-round submission of Joe Stevenson at UFC 91 in November.

If the Penn/Florian report is accurate, it would mean that two of the UFC’s five championship titles could potentially be on the line in the month of August. As we previously reported, a middleweight title scrap between Anderson Silva the winner of Anderson Silva/Thales Leites [Ed. note: Ha! Sorry, Thales!] and Demian Maia may be added to UFC 102 (August 29th; Portland, Ore.).

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mr D- April 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm
i can't wait for BJ to slay him. after the fight florian will give him a BJ lol
Tito's Head- March 31, 2009 at 8:13 am
get greasy ken flo.....get greasy
GSP's WITCHDOCTOR- March 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm
@ Your Fucking Father

You've made the most sensible post so far. Cheers
Your Fucking Father- March 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm
I think everyone is missing a very good point here, BJ did not look the best against GSP but Kenflo is certainly not on the same level as GSP and at 155 BJ is unstoppable. Kenny is going to be in for a very short night im afraid. I dont like BJ whining all over the place either but what would you do if in the biggest fight of your career the other fighter cheated? I personally dont believe it made a bit of difference but no matter how you look at it GSP's camp therefor GSP cheated. BJ has every right to be upset and I think he will take it out on Kenflo. Just my opinion, you dont have to agree.
slapjaw ackrite- March 30, 2009 at 11:06 am
i think kenflo has a good chance against belly jiggle penn. but blood juggernaut penn beats him.
Captain Bringdown- March 30, 2009 at 8:13 am
Florian is the most deserving contender in all the UFC. Win or lose this fight should have happened long ago.

I like Florian. He is a true professional. i think his chances ride on which BJ Penn shows up.
Aaron- March 30, 2009 at 5:29 am
Goin back to Philly, Philly, Philly. Goin back to Philly.... I don't think so.
Mask- March 30, 2009 at 5:05 am
What a shitty card. Affliction is so much better.
Smells fishy- March 30, 2009 at 2:43 am
Is Florian some sort of fish or whats up with the Fisheye effect on him in every damn photo?
N2IT- March 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm
fuck yes! BJ vs Florian and Demian Maia vs Silva will be so fucking epic.
Georges St. Pierre- March 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm
Kenny will win - BJ can't andle is riddum
Darkside- March 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm
"year and a half"
Darkside- March 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm
I'll be rooting for KenFlo. I'll be pretty pissed if I have to wait damn near another half year to see another lightweight title fight.
GSP's WITCHDOCTOR- March 29, 2009 at 8:31 pm
Jubbie- March 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm
BJ should have been motivated for the GSP fight. I don't see how any of his actions so far show that he's going to try any harder for KenFlo. If anything, I have a feeling he's going to underestimate him. But an unmotivated BJ at his natural weight can still beat a lot of fighters so I'm glad to see some action toward the fight actually happening.
Irishwolfhound- March 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm
Tear him apart KenFlo, BJ's been in the spotlight to long.
Ben's Mom- March 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm
How's my Benny doing? Are your allergies in check? Do you still have long nuts? What's your new boyfriend's name? ok. luv u. ttyl.
Anonymous- March 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm
thats cool, you can predict the future.

Oh wait, you cant can you.

Until you see the fight, just shut up. I could understand you saying this if it was someone BJ has already beaten, but its not.
UFC fan- March 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm
Hilo Homecooked pork butt:

First cut up the pig, all you need is Kenflo's elbows and in under 25 minutes your pig is cut up and gutted.
dig a big pit, throw in lots of hot coals and hot rocks, wrap the Pig and lay it in the pit and cover with huge palm leaves.
let it simmer in its own juices for many hours.
This will soften the meat up!
When its done you have a finished Hawaiian PIG named BJ all ready.
Just ask Grove, hes "GOOD EATING!"

People will complain that the pig was cheated, and perhaps the elbow knifes had grease on them, but in the end we will all know, that pig is DONE! WELL DONE!
George st pierre- March 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm
my bf kenny will beat him
Silva- March 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Time to kill the crybaby, Go KenFlo
smashfacekillah- March 29, 2009 at 11:32 am
I am really excited to see this fight go down. I've been a fan of BJ and Florian both for a long time fortunatly or perhaps unfortunatley Bj has made it a lot easier to go for Florian this time. I think he made his point about his fight with GSP and he needs to move on. He may have just made such a fuss about all of that to better market another fight with the greasy french canadian. Oh weel I wish the best to Florian on this card. All he has to do is take BJ's head out of the game which these days seems easier then ever. I hope he has gsp in his corner that would be fun right?
Word- March 29, 2009 at 10:58 am
They mean that by the time the title defense rolls around, it will have been 15 months
LAS- March 29, 2009 at 10:47 am
Wow, if they actually do match Maia with Silva, that's a terrible idea. Maia has looked impressive so far, but the only decent opponent he's faced is Sonnen, and that guy is a submission victory waiting to happen. I don't see Maia pulling any better odds than Thales.
mayoman- March 29, 2009 at 10:37 am
scratch "15 months" replace with "10 months" may 28 was last year CP!!