(8/8/2009)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. George Sotiropoulos - 96.1
2. Anderson Silva - 93.9
3. B.J. Penn - 93.2
4. Johny Hendricks - 93.1
5. Jesse Lennox - 92.7
6. Kurt Pellegrino - 92.4
7. John Howard - 91.9
8. Matt Riddle - 91.5
9. Ricardo Almeida - 91.4
10. Josh Neer - 91.3
UFC 101: Declaration
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Elevation: 39'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian
93.0
Fighters & Matches 90.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.8
TOTAL 91.6
90.4
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
13:37
     This was a pretty good fight between two scrappy newcomers. Villefort clearly wanted to take the fight to the ground, so he laid down as often as possible, hoping Lennox would climb into his guard, which never really happened. On the feet though, Lennox basically beat the shit out of him with his fists. After a close first round, and a dominant second round by Lennox, Villefort finally had a chance to go for an armbar, but failed after an accidental headbutt cut him open. Once Lennox escaped, Villefort said he couldn't see, because of the blood in his eyes, so the doctor stopped the fight, which KIND OF SUCKS, because the only reason he had blood in his eye was the accidental headbutt. Either way though, Lennox was clearly going to win this fight, so good debut by Jesse Lennox.
93.0
Submission
(Kimura)
6:59
      This was a pretty amazing display of high level Jiu-Jitsu skills by George Sotiropoulos. He countered everything Roop threw at him with takedowns, and AMAZING grappling skills, his wrestling / transitions were perfect, his Jiu-Jitsu was perfect. George Sotiropoulos is an amazing badass, and he absolutely schooled Roop for 2 rounds, until eventually locking on the Kimura in the second round for the quick submission victory.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      Matt Riddle is kind of a beast, dominating most of the guys he fights, with his insane wrestling skills, and ability to climb onto your back and choke you out. So the first round of this fight, I scored a draw, both guys had pretty event striking and grappling. The next two rounds though, were all about Riddle taking Cramer to the ground, getting on his back, going for the rear-naked choke, and beating him up, scoring tons of points in the process. So yeah, Matt Riddle clearly won this fight, and all 3 judges agreed.
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight started out pretty strong, with Sakara winning the first round with his striking, Leites demolished him in the second round with a takedown, and some pretty great strikes on the ground. The third round was a snooze fest and could have gone either way. I personally gave it to Sakara, but I would understand if they gave it to Leites, which they did not do, so Sakara wins via split-decision.
90.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty great fight. McCrory clearly wanted to take the fight to the ground, and they spent a lot of time down there, but his guard wasn't nearly as good as he thought it was. I gave him the first round, for throwing a ton of submissions at Howard, but ultimately, Howard slammed McCrory repeatedly in this fight, he beat him up with strikes, and was able to escape all of the submissions without ever really getting into any sort of trouble, so I gave the fight to Howard, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed, giving him a hard fought split-decision victory.
91.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty great fight between two guys that to be honest, are pretty low ranking lightweight fighters. I like them both though. The fight basically came down to Pellegrino being the dominant wrestler, Neer had the better Jiu-Jitsu, but Pellegrino basically just wore him down until eventually it seemed like Neer gave up since he couldn't get up off his back. In the end, the judges gave all 3 rounds to Pellegrino. I gave the first round to Neer, but the last 2 to Pellegrino, so I'm cool with that decision. Great ground battle overall though. This is also the fight that in my opinion put Pellegrino into the Top 10 Lightweights List.
90.2
Decision
15:00
      This was a solid scrap. Grove seemed like his best chances would have been to keep it on the feet, but Almeida's wrestling was just too good. He took Grove down often, and a few of those takedowns were pretty impressive slams. On the ground, Grove was pretty active from his back, almost locking on an armbar in the second round, but Almeida's submission defense was too good, and overall, he just outworked Grove. Near the end of the third round, when Almeida was clearly exhausted, I finally started to cheer for Grove, but he just wasn't able to do enough to pull off the win. Almeida wins via unanimous decision, and I agree with that call.
91.5
TKO
(Punches)
0:29
      This was a quick fight, and an early stoppage for the most part. Amir Sadollah looked like his striking was pretty sharp, throwing some really solid kicks early in the round. Hendricks turned it up a notch, landed a bunch of uppercuts knocking Sadollah to the ground, and then he punched him in the back of the head a bunch of times while Sadollah was curled up on the ground. Sadollah started to stand back up, and the referee stopped the fight. Either way, Hendricks looked like a badass in this fight, but it was still probably an early stoppage. Fun quick fight though, especially following the previous two fights which went to decision.
84.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight was built up as sort of a "revenge" story for Riley due to their previous fight being stopped prematurely. Really though, this was just 15 minutes of my life wasted. Riley wins via unanimous decision, clearly he won, because he was on top for most of the fight. Nothing really happened though. Did somebody say, "These guys should be transfered to the WEC?" I agree with that. Neither fighter belongs in the UFC in my opinion, or at the VERY LEAST, put them both on the undercard next time.
92.3
KO
(Punch)
3:23
      Well then, there's that. Rogan said it best, when he said that was one of the most embarassing knockouts ever. Anderson Silva just ABSOLUTELY displayed superior striking in this fight, Forrest couldn't touch him, and Anderson was clipping him at will. After already knocking Forrest down once, and then letting him stand back up, Forrest ran in with a couple of punches, Silva countered with a jab while leaning backwards, and Forrest crumbled to the floor like a wet noodle. HORRIBLE showing by Forrest Griffin, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Anderson Silva is the best fighter in the world.
93.0
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
18:54
      This was a pretty great Lightweight Championship fight. Kenny Florian seemed like the more aggressive fighter in the first 3 rounds, by constantly pressing Penn against the cage, but Penn kept finishing those grappling events with a flurry of punches, which lead me to score all 3 of the first 3 rounds in Penn's favor. The fourth round was more of the same, but Penn started to get more aggressive, eventually slamming Florian to the ground, he mounted him, he punched him in the face a lot, and eventually got on Florian's back, locked on the rear-naked choke, and BAM! That's all she wrote. BJ Penn is a beast! Florian did pretty well for 4 rounds, but eventually he just got outclassed.
OVERALL 91.6
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