· 1. Champ B.J. Penn def. Kenny Florian via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 4, 3:54. Penn retains the lightweight title.
· 3. Johny Hendricks def. Amir Sadollah via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 0:29.
· 4. Ricardo Almeida def. Kendall Grove via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
· 5. Kurt Pellgrino def. Josh Neer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
· 6. Aaron Riley def. Shane Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
· 7. John Howard def. Tamdan McCrory via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
· 8. Alessio Sakara def. Thales Leites via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28).
· 9. Matthew Riddle def. Dan Cramer via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-27).
· 10. George Sotiropoulos def. George Roop via submission (kimura) - Round 2, 1:59.
· 11. Jesse Lennox def. Danillo Villefort via TKO (cut) - Round 3, 3:37.
The UFC put on another exciting night of fights at UFC 101: Declaration. Although there was the potential for two huge upsets to take place, neither happened and the two main events went as most people expected.
Anderson Silva defeated Forrest Griffin in one of the most impressive performances ever seen inside the octagon. Silva’s crafty technique and great boxing skills picked apart Griffin’s aggressive style and defeated Griffin with his hands down and popping him with a quick short job, completely demolishing Griffin while walking backwards.
Silva was booed heavily on the way to the ring and mocked the crowd by looking quite concerned during the introductions; however he looked fantastic during the fight. He knocked down Griffin numerous times before finally putting him away with one single, beautiful jab.
In the main event of the evening, Kenny Florian tried to push the pace and wear BJ Penn out, but it proved not to be his night. Florian continuously pushed Penn against the fence and tried to take Penn down. However, with Penn using his fantastic takedown defense he decided when the fight hit the ground and from that point, the fight was academic.
Florian completely abandoned his leg kicking and Muay-Thai advantage and fell right into Penn’s game. Although it was Florian pushing the pace, Penn’s ability to suck Florian into the game and get the rear naked choke was masterful and he proved exactly why he is the No. 1 lightweight in the world not only today, but in the history of mixed martial arts.
In the other fights on the card, Almeida’s takedown ability proved too much for Kendall Grove and was able to control where the fight took place, almost nullifying Grove’s reach throughout the whole fight.
An interesting occurrence took place when Almeida left his arm in and got caught in a deep arm bar during the second round. The arm was hyper extended and Almeida looked to be ready to tap, however he was able to defend and take the unanimous decision.
Two-time National Wrestling Champion Johny Hendricks shocked more than a few people with his :29 second knockout of TUF winner Amir Sadollah. Sadollah rushed in with strikes and got caught with numerous uppercuts before finally falling to the ground. Sadollah was taking shots to the head on the ground but appeared to be coherent and attempting to get up when Dan Mirgliotta stopped the fight somewhat prematurely.
Because of time constraints, Aaron Riley against Shane Nelson was pushed to the main card. Riley used his size and experience to overpower and control Nelson. He was overmatched throughout the fight and took a beating.
Joe Rogan suggesting Shane Nelson moving down to the 145lb division in the WEC and this may not be the worst idea. He is undersized and would be in serious trouble against some of the bigger lightweights in the division such as Sean Sherk.
In the opening bout of the night, “Batman” Kurt Pelligrino was able to secure top control and hold Neer in that position over three rounds to take a unanimous decision victory. Neer proved impressive off of his back throwing up continuous submission attempts but Pelligrino was able to control position and therefore took the fight.
This fight brings up the argument yet again about what is more important in a fight. Should the person on the bottom throwing up constant submission attempts win the round or should the person on top doing nothing take the decision? You decide.
Overall it was a decent night of fights. Silva may have officially secured his spot as top Pound-for-Pound fighter with one of the most impressive performances we’ve ever seen. Penn also looked impressive in sending Florian back the drawing board and further secured himself as the No. 1 lightweight in the world.