UFC 101: Declaration Saturday, August 8, 2009, at 10 p.m. ET on PPV
Location: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
- Lightweight Championship: B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian
- 205lb limit: Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin
- 170lb limit: Amir Sadollah vs. Johny Hendricks
- 185lb limit: Kendall Grove vs. Ricardo Almeida
- 155lb limit: Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellegrino
- 155lb limit: Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley
- 170lb limit: Tamdan McCrory vs. John Howard
- 185lb limit: Thales Leites vs. Alessio Sakara
- 170lb limit: Matt Riddle vs. Dan Cramer
- 155lb limit: George Sotiropoulos vs. Rob Emerson
- 170lb limit: Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort
I have never watched Dr. Phil before but I am happy he is not one of those typical talk show hosts who start bashing mixed martial arts right out of the gate.
The segment above is about a bunch of teens and their very own fight club. The teens claim to be training for a career in the UFC but Dana White sets them straight telling them that no street fighter will be in the UFC.
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Rashad Evans vs. Forrest Griffin got the fight of the night bonus from the UFC for it’s amazing action. The bout ended in the third round resulting in a new champion for one of the most saturated divisions in MMA.
Rashad Evans came out to the ring his usual self, no nipple tweak this time around though. He looked extremely confident and his striking within the ring showed it. Forrest also looked pretty confident in his abilities to retain the belt, that wasn’t the way it went down though.
The first round could of gone either way on the judges score cards, both fighters did good with their striking and Octagon movement. The second round I would have to say went to Forrest Griffin due to the amazing start he got off to, and he proved not to be phased by Rashad’s crotch grab.
Then came the third round Rashad took control and controlled Forrest on the ground. He was in Griffin’s guard, stood up and then unleashed a world of pain on Griffin. It wasn’t that long until the bout had to be stopped and a new UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion was crowned.
My Thoughts: It was an awesome fight and really did deserve fight of the night from the UFC. Both fighters got an extra $60,000 for it. Before the fight I really wasn’t sure who I thought would win. Rashad has some amazing punching power and great wrestling skills and then there’s Forrest the fighter that has come so far since his Ultimate Fighter 1 win over Steven Bonnar.
My Rating: I would give the fight a 5/5 it was everything I expected to see. Rashad for winning the title also gets himself a 5/5 and I would give Griffin a 4/5 for his opening two round efforts.
Meaning on the Division: Well there is a new champion in Rashad Evans. The UFC will be looking for a challenger and right now, (pending on his legal issues) Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is looking like the man. That could also cause some people to question why he wouldn’t have to go through Forrest Griffin first. I think that would be the best option, a rematch between Rampage and Griffin could draw some good numbers.
Here’s a title fight for you, Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans. Two guys that have never lost a fight, a classic one ’0′ must go fight. Many people say Machida is a boring fighter, really he is just cautious and looking for the opportunities.
The new UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion is a funny guy. Rashad Evans took some time out from the fight to taunt his opponent Forrest Griffin and then throw a quick left while Griffin was in shock. Kudos goes to Rashad!
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