|Written by Jerry Santiago|
UFC 101 will feature a main event that matches up the top two 155 pound fighters in all of Mixed Martial Arts for the UFC lightweight championship! UFC 101 fans will have the choice of defending Mixed Martial Arts lightweight champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn against challenger Kenny “KenFlo’ Florian.
Also featured on the UFC 101 main card will be a light heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts matchup of Anderson “The Spider” Silva against Forrest Griffin. Anticipation on both bouts is high and the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia will have a huge crowd for UFC 101 as this the first time that the circuit has visited the “City of Brotherly Love.” There should be no love lost, however, for UFC 101 as the lightweight title bout could be one of the most intense and hard fought in the history of the series.
Penn won the lightweight title on January 19, 2008 at UFC 80 Rapid Fire in Newcastle, England as he defeated Joe Stevenson with a submission by rear naked choke. He added to his UFC 101 credentials on May 24, 2008 with a successful lightweight title defense win over Sean Sherk at UFC 84 Ill Will at Las Vegas, Nevada as he won by TKO on strikes after 3 rounds.
Florian has the hot hand entering UFC 101 as he has won his last 6 fights. He has also recently defeated Stevenson as on November 15, 2008 he scored a submission win by rear naked choke at UFC 91 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The win over Stevenson made Florian the number one contender for the lightweight title at UFC 101.
Speaking of the hot hand Silva certainly has it as he enters UFC 101 with 10 consecutive wins. Silva is the defending UFC middleweight champion that is fighting as a light heavyweight in Philadelphia. He will defend his middleweight championship at UFC 106 on November 21, 2009 against Dan Henderson at Las Vegas, Nevada.
Griffin is coming off a loss for the UFC light heavyweight championship on December 27, 2008 against Rashad Evans. He had previously won the light heavyweight championship on July 5, 2008 on a unanimous decision over Quinton Jackson.