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UFC 101 Countdown Preview: A New and Improved BJ Penn?

The easy storyline for the main event of UFC 101 is as follows: BJ Penn is the spoiled champion who has enjoyed success due to prodigious fighting ability, and not necessarily through hard work, while Kenny Florian is the hungry, focused, scrappy challenger who works harder than Penn outside of the cage and is mentally tougher inside of it. But the Prodigy we’ve seen in the training camp for this fight isn’t the lazy, complacent one we know and love. The fact that BJ has brought in Marv Marinovich as his strength and conditioning coach, and has moved out of the insular world of Hilo to train with an impressively stacked camp in California, suggests that Penn wants to try new things in the wake of his one-sided loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94. For a fighter so far along in his career, it’s an inspiring and somewhat unexpected attitude. And if Penn is taking this fight as seriously as Florian, it’s a bad sign for the challenger.

Later in the above video preview, Anderson Silva calls Robert Drysdale a "fool" and an "idiot" for suggesting that Forrest Griffin will submit him during their light-heavyweight feature. Spike’s "Countdown to UFC 101" special premieres tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT. After the jump, Diego Sanchez discusses his imminent title shot and who he’d like to see prevail in the Penn/Florian match.

(Props: Sherdog via MMA Mania)

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Dr.- August 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm
I'd pay to see Anderson's manager/interpreter/buttboy get knocked out. I've never liked that dude. He reminds me of the Russian dude in charge of Drago in Rocky when they come to the US.

And he has only gotten worse.

Anderson has definitely become fed up with all the criticism. If you don't like it, do something about it - or leave. Not that I'd want The Spider to go away but the UFC has become more about the show than it has about the art. If you don't like being exciting for the fans, they won't get excited for you and won't order/support your events - which impacts the money. Something that allows you to be in the spotlight. You could always go find some dingy basement somewhere and become the perfect fighter if you're a purist of MMA. If you like the limelight and the $$$, deal with it.

So, sort it out. Don't be pissed at your supposedly "uneducated" or "unaware" fans or part-time bandwagon viewers.
JPfighter-DAMMA- August 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm
How is it that Silva gets a "free pass" for having shitty fights, because it's his opponents fault? In the real world people, when you put a shitty fighter against a great fighter, the great fighter knocks out the shitty fighter in quick devastating fashion. Yet, you use the excuse that the other fights were shitty because Anderson "is so much better than those guys", and it's not his fault. What a fucking retarded use of logic. Think about it. If Anderson is so much better than those guys, then all the more reason that he should have knocked them out. Stop it with this bullshit logic that the last few fights were shitty because Anderson is so superior to them.
Jay Smith- August 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm
4 days is a long time, but I shall be patient. Like a spider hunting or something in the corner of its web. I will wait out these 4 days, for 4...freakin....days if I have to, to prove my worthiness of viewing the spectacle that is "Declaration".
Takun- August 4, 2009 at 10:32 am
Silva may not seem like the most "giving" fighter right now, but I'm hoping this fight will turn him around, win or lose....and the leites fight, what did ppl expect...leites didn't do shit except fall on his ass the whole fight, was silva supposed to run in there and try to ground game him?...."oops lucky armbar, bam, leites as champion" I didn't wanna see that shit happen... but the Cote fight, he could have been alittle more aggresive, I'd say Cote didn't pose much of a threat at all and Silva could have easily finished that in the first round, but w/e "TURN YOUR SHIT AROUND SILVA"
831 Son- August 4, 2009 at 10:32 am
Listen to you pussies. You guys cry because Anderson didn't get a KO in his last two fights. Shows how retarded you guys are. Anderson didn't want to fight those clowns in the first place because they are inferior to him and he didnt take it seriously whatsoever. He wants challenges and actual fighters. Not some little pansy pushovers. You are just the same as those fans that boo for no reason. I do agree that Forest will keep Anderson busy, and that will lead to Forest getting knocked the fuck out.
LoneWolf- August 4, 2009 at 9:42 am
Dang it SiDeBuRnZ, I don't want your kid! LOL kidding i'll take em.....
SiDeBuRnZ- August 4, 2009 at 9:36 am
I hope Forrest wins... I bet my firstborn child on him.
LoneWolf- August 4, 2009 at 9:33 am
I just can't wait for a fighter like Forrest to push Anderson, unlike his last 2 challengers.....This is going to be a good fight.

Anderson by Murder....
biohazardone- August 4, 2009 at 9:09 am
well at least forrest will make this prick fight. This fucker has the title and puts on shitty as fights. I mean come on, he could not knock out thales leites because he chose to show a boring fight. it is my opinion that anderson has become a boring fighter because he wants out of the ufc contract so that he can fight roy jones. Well, this saturday, anderson will need to come and fight because forrest will definitely make him fight.
UncleSamsMisguidedChild- August 4, 2009 at 8:39 am
SOLD - Damn you UFC hype machine!!!
JPfighter-DAMMA- August 4, 2009 at 8:38 am
Anderson Silva should write a book entitled "How to Lose Fans and Piss Off People". He could become the anti-Carnegie of the MMA world.

What a douche Anderson has turned into. If Forrest is losing the fight against Anderson, I would love to see Forrest kick him squarely in the balls. That moment alone would be worth the price of the PPV.
BuckWild- August 4, 2009 at 8:00 am
The Spider is pulling a WWE move and playing the bad guy role now that people started booing him on his last couple of fights.

I would love to see Sanchez fight either Florian or BJ
El Famous Burrito- August 4, 2009 at 7:49 am
Is Anderson Silva playing the "evil" Spider-Man character now?
Deathb4tapout- August 4, 2009 at 7:45 am
LockDown- August 4, 2009 at 7:39 am
Well, Anderson indeed has a lot of mouths to shut.