by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
(Photos by Jeff Cain –
– The Ultimate Fighting Championship lands in the “City of Brotherly
Love” this week. The main event features UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn
making his first title defense in more than a year, this time against
challenger Kenny Florian. UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva takes a trek up
to the 205-pound division for a one-off bout against former titleholder Forrest
one had trouble making weight. Penn and Florian are set to square off for the
belt, as both tipped the scale at 155 pounds even. The crowd was fairly subdued
for Florian, but mixed in a solid smattering of boos for Penn.
is my dream. This is what every fighter works for. Everyone wants to fight for
that belt. Everyone wants to be a champion. I will perform tomorrow night, for
sure,” Florian told UFC commentator Joe Rogan at the weigh-ins.
the ceaseless questions regarding his conditioning, Penn declared, “I’m in
great shape. I’m gonna go out and do my best, that’s it.”
if the crowd at the Wachovia Center was any indication, Silva and Griffin just
might steal the thunder from Penn and Florian on Saturday night. Both
weighing-in at 205 pounds on the nose for their light heavyweight bout, Silva
and Griffin received the loudest ovation from the Philly crowd.
his second move up to light heavyweight, Silva looked huge, and relieved, when
he saw the scale register 205.
101 takes place at the Wachovia Center on Saturday night. It airs live on
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follow all of the action on MMAWeekly.com, as we will be providing play-by-play
and live results of the entire fight card, with the preliminary bouts scheduled
to start at approximately 5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. ET.
UFC 101 Main
Penn (155) vs. Kenny Florian (155)
-Anderson Silva (205) vs. Forrest Griffin (205)
-Ricardo Almeida (185) vs. Kendall Grove (185.5)
-Kurt Pellegrino (154.5) vs. Josh Neer (155.5)
Sadollah (166.5) vs. Johny Hendricks (171)
Riley (154) vs. Shane Nelson (156)
-Tamdan McCrory (170) vs. John Howard (169.5)
-Alessio Sakara (185.5) vs. Thales Leites (185)
-Matt Riddle (170) vs. Dan Cramer (169.5)
-George Sotiropoulos (155) vs. George Roop (154)
-Jesse Lennox (171) vs. Danillo Villefort (170.25)
(All weights in
Main card airs
Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET on Aug. 7 to add links for weigh-in photos.)