UFC 101 Weighin Results and Thoughts
UFC comes to Philadelphia for the first time and the Philly crowd is ready to host the premiere fight event in the world. Philly has some of craziest sports fans, and they will let you know what they think, good or bad. It will be interesting to see how that lively energy is going to translate to the fights. I have a sense it will be a crazy night of fights with some devastating finishes.
B.J. Penn is set to defend his 155 pound title against Kenny Florian.
Since losing in the inaugural season finale of Ultimate Fighter to Diego Sanchez (At 185 pounds!) he has amassed a record of 9-1 dropping his only loss in his first title fight against Sean Sherk. The fight was a 5 round war, and despite losing the bout, Florian still impressed everybody with his gutsy effort, and he proved he was a world class fighter. Since that loss he has won 6 in a row and is looking at the biggest challenge of his career.
B.J. Penn has been beaten 5 times in his career. Twice to Georges St. Pierre, the Canadian Juggernaut that takes everybody out, Matt Hughes (These 3 losses were all at 170), a loss to Lyoto Machida in a heavyweight match, and a decision loss in 2002 to Little Evil, Jens Pulver. Penn has been criticized in the past for his cardio, and his heart, but lets look at the people he was fighting, and the fact none of these fights, and 4 of his 5 losses weren’t even in his natural weight division.
My biggest critic of B.J. Penn is his motivation levels, and sometimes fitness going into fights. He’s gone into fights looking terrible and destroyed his opponent. He’s learned a lot of lessons and he is looking in the best shape of his life, and appears motivated more than he’s ever been. I have to think that B.J. will retain his 155 pound title and rip through Florian like a buzzsaw. I really like Kenny but think he’ll be out of answers tonight, and his striking advantage won’t be enough to topple the arguably best 155er to ever fight in the UFC.
Anderson Silva goes up in weight to face Forrest Griffin
Anderson Silva is going for his 10th victory in a row in the Octagon and he is going up a weight division to face Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin. He started off with a bang taking out Chris Leben with his UFC debut landing a really high % of punches landed and destroyed the TUF standout. His last two victories have been less stellar, beating Thales Leites at UFC 98 in a 5 round fight that had the crowd booing and I’m sure some left for home to beat the traffic, and he was avoiding Patrick Cote until Cote blew his knee out and was unable to continue.
I have to ask. what is the point of this fight? The UFC has a few hundred fighters on the roster, and they have their 185 champ going up in weight to fight everybody’s favorite and original Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin at 205 pounds. Is it because Forrest is tenacious, in your face, and will give Silva a fight whether he wants it or not. Or is a permanent move to 205 in the works for Silva?
I have to go with Griffin in this fight, as the size difference will be a major factor, and Forrest as much as he likes to brawl, isn’t an idiot. Ever since watching Forrest destroy that banana on the inaugural season of Ultimate Fighter he has always been a fun entertaining, off the wall guy, but don’t confuse that for how hard he works, and I hope he beats Silva, and puts an end to people fighting in weight divisions they don’t belong in. If you are going to switch divisions fine, but you shouldn’t hold a belt in one, and fight a division higher.
Silva should go back to 185 so he can lose his title to Dan Henderson.
Either way this will be a great card tonight, and these fights will be super charged with some Philly crowd and it will be fun to watch.
Here are the late but official weights from the weighins that took place yesterday afternoon.
Danillo Villefort (170.25) vs. Jesse Lennox (171)
George Roop (154) vs. George Sotiropoulos (155)
Dan Cramer (169.5) vs. Matthew Riddle (170)
Alessio Sakara (185.5) vs. Thales Leites (185)
John Howard (169.5) vs. Tamdan McCrory (170)
Aaron Riley (154) vs. Shane Nelson (156)
Johny Hendricks (171) vs. Amir Sadollah (166.5)
Kurt Pellegrino (154.5) vs. Josh Neer (155.5)
Ricardo Almeida (185) vs. Kendall Grove (185.5)
Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Anderson Silva (205)
Kenny Florian (155) vs. B.J. Penn (155)