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UFC 101: Livebloggin’ the Declaration


(Kenny Florian gives a nod to the heavens as if to say, ‘Look out, deceased sports stars.  I’m about to send you a new roommate.’ Photo courtesy UFC.com)

With Shane Nelson/Aaron Riley pushed to the pay-per-view portion and the jail cells at the Wachovia Center presumably already filled to the brim, we are primed and ready to bring you UFC 101 results and fairly obvious observational humor.  The question is, you ready for this?  If the answer is yes, hit that ‘Read more’ button, playa.  If no, then move along and go back to Googling various combinations of “adorable kittens” over and over again, like any other Saturday night.  The rest of us will be booing along with the Philly fans.

Let’s do it.  Remember to hit refresh often, cause this train is only gaining steam.



Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg sound just a little more juiced than usual, perhaps from feeding off the energy of the Philly fans?  Or maybe it’s just meth.  Rogan tells us that BJ Penn is a monster at 155, and Kenny Florian is “as good as he’s gonna get.”  Wonder who Rogan favors in this one?

Kurt Pellegrino vs. Josh Neer

Pellegrino comes out to some Fitty Cent.  We made it almost nine minutes before Rogan and Goldie start pimping their Twitter accounts.  At least that’s out of the way.

Round 1

They trade right hands to start and Pellegrino wastes no time lifting Neer up for a big slam.  Neer recovers guard quickly and does a good job of stopping Pellegrino from improving his position.  Neer tries for an armbar and it’s somewhat close, but Pellegrino slams his way out.  Pellegrino continuously works to half-guard, lands an elbow, then does nothing much else.  So the round goes.  Score it for Pellegrino.

Round 2

Pellegrino fires away near the start of the second, but Neer covers up and Pellegrino grabs the opportunity to shoot for a single-leg.  It takes him a second, but he finishes it and puts Neer on his back again.  Neer’s pretty active off his back, and he’s not suffering from a lack of submission attempts, but Pellegrino ain’t having it.  He avoids a triangle and an armbar and even takes Neer’s back near the end of the round.  Neer is bloodied and swollen and likely needs a finish in the third.

Round 3

Neer presses forward in the stand-up, landing decent kicks as he pushes Pellegrino back, but “Batman” responds with another takedown.  And we’re right back where we we’ve been the entire fight.  Neer is going frustrated on the bottom.  They’re both doing some talking, and Neer is motioning to the ref in a ‘Can a brother get a stand-up?’ kind of posture.  Pellegrino mounts Neer in the final thirty seconds, but Neer reverses him and puts Pellegrino on his back for the first time.  Too little, too late.  The horn sounds and Neer looks pissed.  Pellegrino’s attempts to comfort him probably aren’t going to help.

All judges score it 30-27 for Pellegrino.

Kendall Grove vs. Ricardo Almeida

Round 1

Almeida clinches against the fence right away and Grove is using his freakishly long skeleton limbs to fight for underhooks and avoid the takedown.  Grove separates and Almeida lands a solid punch.  Grove catches Almeida with a kick to the body on his way in and we’re back to the clinch.  Almeida uses the body lock to get a leg trip and he lands in Grove’s guard.  Almeida passes and Grove rolls to his knees, then gets to his feet.  Almeida slams him down before the rounds ends, and it’s definitely enough to take the opening frame.

Round 2

Almeida gets a takedown and Grove goes for an armbar that looks pretty damn close.  Almeida tries to go with it and Grove is cranking that thing, but Almeida works his way out after a very close call.  Almeida launches some ground-and-pound, moving from half-guard to side control.  He’s pounding Grove with punches and elbows, but Grove gets back to his feet and even lands a good knee.  Almeida finishes the round with another takedown, likely taking this round as well.

Round 3

A good right hand from Almeida off a Grove kick and the Big Dog moves right into a takedown.  Grove doesn’t stay down long, getting back up and working out of the clinch.  Almeida is slowing down visibly now.  His answer for that is to try a flying armbar-type jump that is nowhere near doing anything positive.  Grove can’t capitalize on the opportunity to do some GnP, so Almeida gets back up and eventually manages another takedown.  This is looking like an Almeida decision all the way as long as he doesn’t tap out due to exhaustion in the final minute.  Grove kicks Almeida off him and tries to come on the attack in the stand-up game.  Almeida stays out of trouble and clinches again to end the final round.  

Ricardo Almeida def. Kendall Grove via unanimous decision. 30-27 on all scorecards.

Amir Sadollah vs. Johny Hendricks

Is it me, or does Hendricks look like a crazed rabbi with that beard?  I heard he has a real “orthodox” style.  Get it?  Huh?  Fuck you guys.

Round 1

Sadollah keeps Hendricks at bay with some kicks, then decides to charge in with a series of straight punches.  Hendricks responds with a left hook that drops him and follows up with a torrent of left uppercuts that send Sadollah to his knees.  As he’s getting back to his feet Hendricks hammers him with about five shots to the back of the head.  That’s all Big Dan needs to see.  He moves in and stops it just as Amir gets back to his feet.  Early stoppage, and Philly fans let their displeasure be known.

Johny Hendricks def. Amir Sadollah via TKO (punches) at 0:29 of round 1

Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley

Round 1

Nelson is coming on strong in the early going.  He lands a left that briefly drops Nelson, then pushes him back with a head kick and another big left.  Riley deftly rolls out of a Nelson single-leg attempt and goes back on the attack.  Nelson tries a punch combo followed by a head kick, but can’t find Riley.  Riley comes back with hard knees to the body in the clinch.  Riley is clearly in control right now.  

Round 2

Riley continues to dominate the stand-up, mostly avoiding Nelson’s strikes and mixing in high kicks that seem to catch Nelson off guard each time.  Riley uses a leg trip to get Nelson to the mat.  Riley is in total control.  He’s not in a hurry to put Nelson away, but he’s also not taking any damage.  Riley adds one more leg trip before the end of the round.  Greg Jackson is loving it.

Round 3

Nelson shoots in deep for a takedown, but Riley fights it off.  They clinch against the cage and Riley uses another leg trip to put Nelson on his back and work out of his guard.  The crowd seems to be getting worked up about a fight outside of the cage right now.  Riley continues with his ground and pound routine, but the crowd is not paying any attention at all.  At this point, I even want the camera to pan over and pick up that action.  Riley finishes the fight on top of Nelson, feeding him elbows, and he’s got this decision in the bag.

Aaron Riley def. Shane Nelson via unanimous decision, 30-27 x 3

Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin

Griffin comes out first, to the Dropkick Murphys, naturally.  Silva follows, looking not all that much bigger than usual, but maybe slightly less defined than he does at middleweight.  Silva gets booed during the introductions and responds with a series of funny faces.

Round 1

Griffin tries for the promised head kick to start, and misses by a mile.  They’re both feeling each other out and taking it easy.  Silva catches a Griffin kick and almost puts him on his ass afterwards.  Silva bobs and weaves his way in and drops Forrest with a right hand.  Griffin gets back up and Silva is damn near mocking him now.  He drops Griffin again and adds a few strikes on the ground, then offers his hand to help him up just like he did with Patrick Cote.  Now Silva has his hands by his waist, imploring Griffin to come in and attack him.  Griffin seems displeased with being somewhat mocked.  Silva avoids all his punches and backpedals away, catching Forrest with a short right in response that drops him.  That’s it, Griffin is done.  He wants no more of this Anderson Silva Jedi striking attack, and you can’t blame him.  

Silva runs around celebrating his most dominant victory in recent memory, while Griffin immediately gets up and leaves the cage, heading back to the locker room.  Can you even do that?  Silva proves to be uninterviewable yet again in the post-fight talk, answering the questions he wants and not the ones Joe Rogan asks.

BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian

Florian makes his walk to the cage and gets about five feet before a fan snatches his hat off his head.  There goes that sponsor money, but Kenny is unfazed.  That’s focus, people!  BJ comes out sporting a shirt with the slogan “Penn State of Mind.”  Just asking for a lawsuit, man.

Uh-oh, Big Dan is working this one.  Don’t be surprised if the fight gets stopped during the introductions.

Round 1

Penn starts fast, coming right after KenFlo.  A right from Penn briefly drops Florian.  Kenny keeps circling around the perimeter and Penn keeps cutting him off.  They clinch against the cage and Penn seems much stronger than Florian. Florian tries for a body lock takedown but Penn avoids it easily.  Florian shoots for a single-leg, and already we’re talking about whether Penn is gassed.  He isn’t.  Everyone calm down.  Penn drops Florian again with a punch and follows with a knee.  He barely lasts through the round.

Round 2

Florian tries some leg kicks to start the second and then presses Penn against the fence.  He’s not really working for a takedown, and not doing a lot of striking.  It’s like he’s just trying to stay out of punching range.  Penn gets warned for a punch to the back of Florian’s head.  Florian tries for a single-leg and they’re back in the clinch.  Penn lands a good uppercut that wobbles Florian.  Florian finishes the round with a few decent leg kicks.  Is it possible he won that round?  

Round 3

Florian throws out a couple head kicks with nothing to show, then it’s back to the clinch against the fence.  Florian seems to be working a little more diligently for the takedown, but Penn is completely unconcerned.  They separate and Penn unleashes a few hard punches.  Whenever they begin to trade Florian seems like he’s always one punch away from getting KO’d.  At the moment, however, Florian is the one who’s dictating the pace.  Penn seems increasingly frustrated.  Florian tries two straight Superman punches and gets tagged for his trouble at the end of the round.

Round 4

Penn hurts Florian with a left hand in close and Florian responds by clinching again.  Now Penn turns the takedown attempt on Florian, scooping him up and slamming him down.  Penn works out of Florian’s half-guard and lands some decent elbows.  Penn passes and gets to mount.  Florian gives up his back and Penn softens him up with some heel strikes to the gut.  Penn sinks in the rear naked choke and Florian can’t fight it off.  He taps with just over a minute left in the fourth.

BJ Penn def. Kenny Florian via submission (rear naked choke) to retain his UFC lightweight title.  

Following Anderson Silva’s example, Penn also basically refuses to answer any direct questions.  At least he directed us to a website where we can get all our BJ Penn needs satisfied.

That’s it for me, Potato Nation.  Hope it was good for you.  See you back here in the morning.

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Joedirt- August 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm
I must add.... my previous post I said I believed a fix was in on the Griffin Silva fight. I'm not saying Silva NEEDED a fix.... but he did need an impressive stoppage.. and I think Griffin would take him the distance 99 out of 100 times.
Nippletwist- August 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm
i dunno man. i thought silva would ko griffin. but watch the way griffin fell and like did this theatrical flop on the ground. it looked like the punch only knocked him down because was off balance, it was such a small punch. and then forrest just dipset? have we ever seen anyone do that? if he was so hurt, how did he immediately get up and run - i repeat, he ran - back to the locker room. forrest wouldn't just quit out of frustration.

and the ufc really did have a lot riding on silva winning. let's say hypothetically silva loses. that means the guy ufc is hyping as best in the world had 2 lackluster performances against nobodys, followed by a loss to a guy he shouldve beat. the ufc kind of needed silva to win this one, and do it impressively.

i dunno man, im not saying fix, i think silvas the best in the world, im just saying its plausible and it looked really weird. i dunno.
Mike Milbury- August 9, 2009 at 9:09 am
That crowd fight definitely was more entertaining than the Riley/Nelson fight.
Kadumel- August 9, 2009 at 9:09 am
I may never say this again but I agree with bleve on the Anderson interview. Leave the guy alone he just beat the shit out of a guy who most people on this comment section said would destroy him and expose the myth. I told you fuckers all along BJ and Anderson are on a different level than Kenny and Forrest.

@Goog

Dude speak for yourself most of us that are not fairweather fans still love to see BJ fight. In my humble opinion BJ knows he cant beat GSP, but that must make the fact that GSP cheated and won all the more harder to swallow.
beanball- August 9, 2009 at 9:08 am
For anyone who says that Forrest has a glass chin, I sincerely hope this is the first time you've ever seen a UFC PPV and your first time seeing Forrest fight. If not, you may need to see a qualified doctor as you might actually be mentally retarded and unaware of your problem.

Both Bonner fights were out right wars and he went 5 rounds taking the best that knockout artist Rampage had to offer. This may be the first time I've seen Forrest fight and not be covered in blood by the end. The guy's tough as hell. He basically got knocked out three times that fight, Silva just didn't pursue him to finish.

I feel for the guy for being embarrassed as the former lightheavy champ, but against Silva, it's not that bad of a loss.
NipGrip- August 9, 2009 at 8:46 am
haha.. Uhm.. No offense but Silva doesn't need a "fixed" fight. What is he 10 and 0 now? Sorry nuthuggers and boo-hooers, he's the real fucking deal and he sent Forrest Gump running back to his locker hoping for a reset or some shit.
The Truth- August 9, 2009 at 8:45 am
Forrest had already caught by multiple shots without making any dent whatsoever. He was 1/2 asleep without any adrenaline and decided he was beat. IMO opinion, one of those Black on Black crime guys would beat Silva before FG because of their speed...especially Evans.

BJ Penn didnt look like a lil fat kid this time...he was actually pretty bulked up in his arms and shoulders. He looked bigger than when he fought GSP.
Biffmiester- August 9, 2009 at 8:43 am
Just found some brief video of the fight in the crowd yesterday @ 101 if anyone's interested...why are girls always in the middle of this shit?!

Youtube [watch?v=rytx0ZIqYdQ]
sp00ki kabuki- August 9, 2009 at 7:49 am
i really hate to sya this but i completely agree with 831 son.
no way it was a fix. griffin is my all time fav fighter but he was outclassed in everything. silva is a fuckin video game. fuck the lhw division i wanna see silva vs. gsp
Mike Milbury- August 9, 2009 at 6:54 am
I thought the event was okay. I mean, it was okay on paper and thus we all decided to watch it. If any shit was lackluster, I blame the fighters. The Silva/Griffin fight was exciting as hell though (For those who want to see the end of that fight. Youtube URL the video: DcDJAPBWaus)

Geez, can't they make the price of these PPV shows lower? There are so many of them and the occasional "bad event" would be easier to swallow.
Joedirt- August 9, 2009 at 6:43 am
So many people thought that it looked fixed... how does that make us idiots? He dropped at a schoolgirl jab and ran out immediately. If he had been choked out and ran out.... fine.... you wake from a choke out quickly many times not even sure if you were out... but a knock out... that scrambles your brain. That is like rebooting your computer and you don't jump to your feet like that. Some excellent points were made on why it wouldn't be fixed.... here is one to consider on why it would be.... Silva is a HUGE draw and money maker for the UFC... and the fans are starting to turn on him.
True fixed fights hurt the UFC and Dana etc.... but only if he gets caught.
Dana White- August 9, 2009 at 3:05 am
Damn that sucks for Griffin. I wanted him to win he knew he fucked up that's why he ran out like he did. He must of not wanted to cry in front of millions, I have respect for him cause he fights with heart not like most of these tools. I don't care to watch Bj Pen fight nothing new same shit over and over don't know why they made him the main event. o wait he has the title lol.
Pretty much UFC 101 was trash im sure the WEC fights this weekend is going to blow the UFC 101 fights away and guess what it's free to watch on VS...the UFC pretty much put up matches people don't care to watch.The UFC better step it up StrikeFarce is going to put on some awesome shows. UFC 101 should of been free on spike!!! yup im pretty high.....o yah FUCK M-1 GLOBBER
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awed- August 9, 2009 at 1:02 am
what's up with these fucking newbs that think the anderson silva fight was fixed? seriously if it was fixed griffin wouldn't have gotten knocked on his ass every other punch. Everyone saying Griffin quit? It looks to me like he was out cold. do you newbs really think silva isn't capable of this? I called first round knock out, and bet on it.

shit I just watched the fight again, you fucking idiots saying the fight sucked or it was fixed or griffin quit are fucking herbs that shouldn't be watching this sport. Silva has crazy fucking footwork and crazy offense. Machida might be able to counter act that with his karate stance but silva is a fucking PREDATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bleve- August 9, 2009 at 12:28 am
"Silva proves to be uninterviewable yet again in the post-fight talk, answering the questions he wants and not the ones Joe Rogan asks."

C'mon man, what is this crap.

You go get interviewed in another language and tell me how your sarcasm and wit transfers. He answered questions with his motherfuc%in fists jack!
zombiekilla- August 9, 2009 at 12:04 am
Its funny...everyone yells it was a fix in the silva fight. I was there. Forresat was done after the 1st knock down. It was a matter of time .
I Know Nothing- August 8, 2009 at 11:56 pm
@Art Gibs:
Your post was coherent, lucid & not only 100% correct but you backed up your opinions with solid statements of fact. How dare you!!!
Art Gibs- August 8, 2009 at 11:41 pm
I loved the fights, by the way. And Sotiropolous (sp?) was really impressive. I want to see more of that guy.
Art Gibs- August 8, 2009 at 11:39 pm
Griffin v. Silva fixed? Are you kidding me? That's so wrong for so many reasons. Here are a few:

(1) Silva is simply on another level. Watch the fight again. Watch Silva bob his head with his hands down, dodge virtually every punch, and hit Griffin again and again at will. It's like Silva is sees Griffin moving in slow motion.

(2) Griffin was already hurt (as Joe Rogan noted in the broadcast), and the last punch was simply the icing on the cake.

(3) It doesn't necessarily benefit the UFC to have Silva win. He's not as marketable as Griffin, and Griffin is or could be a major PPV draw. Building up Griffin is just as good or better for the UFC than building up Silva.

(4) Fixing a fight is too risky. Too many people would know about it. Would Griffin and his trainers EVER go along with something like that? Absolutely not. Even if it did happen, the information would leak eventually to reliable sources, and the UFC's image and reputation would be tarnished. DW isn't stupid. Fixing fights harms the sport, harms the UFC, and hurts his bottom line.
831 Son- August 8, 2009 at 11:29 pm
Retards, there was no fix.
Biffmiester- August 8, 2009 at 11:21 pm
GSP vs. Silva... make it happen sooner than later, DW. That's the only test for them two now.
PurplePickle- August 8, 2009 at 11:06 pm
Dana just mentioned the possibility of a non-ppv fight in October. I do believe it could be a hint at a network deal of some sort.
Horror Fighter- August 8, 2009 at 11:05 pm
Another thing: Why the hell is everyone questioning Griffin's jaw and screaming fix? Look back at Silva's debut against Leben. Leben has a skull like a cinder block, and Silva was dropping him with *jabs*. (If you forget what kind of chin the Crippler has, go back and watch his fight against Terry Martin. Other than Silva, know who has a KO/TKO victory over Leben? Answer: nobody.)

I don't know how the hell he does it, but Anderson can knock serious fighters down with effortless, laser-accurate shots. He doesn't brawl savagely and throw bombs. He's all technique. Sometimes, it seems unreal. I guess that's why people think it's fake.

No wonder why Anderson looks bored when he fights these days. When he's on, he makes good fighters look like amateurs. That's damn scary.

We didn't see a fix. We saw something pretty spectacular. Too bad it happened to Griffin. You hate to see a good guy embarrassed like that.
PurplePickle- August 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm
BJ looked good.

This ppv will be deleted from Tivo soon. UUUGGGHHH.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 8, 2009 at 10:53 pm
Worst PPV I've seen in ages. Sorry thats just how I feel.
Horror Fighter- August 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm
"I heard he has a real 'orthodox' style. Get it? Huh? Fuck you guys."

Hey, fuck you too. Now you know what it's like to make a joke that doesn't get a laugh. Believe me, I know. I tried it more than 30 times in the last caption contest.

Zing!

Rumor has it that some guy named Lebowski1976 started a fight in the crowd then stole Florian's hat. I think I read it on Sherdog.

Gotta say I was happy with the home crowd. They didn't boo like a bunch of drooling idiots whenever the fights hit the ground. When they did boo, it was for a good reason -- like letting Dan Miragliotta know he fucked up the Amir/Hendricks fight when he came back for the main event. (Seriously, I know it's fun to rip Steve Mazzagatti, but let's take a look at Big Dan's record. He gave us a questionable early stoppage during the Kimbo Slice/James Thompson fight. Notice a pattern?) Also, it's possible that the fight of the night actually happened in the stands. And with Phillies players crossing the street after their game to watch MMA, I'd say it was good night for Philly and the UFC.

Congrats, Batman!
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