UFC 101 UPDATE (8/9/09): B.J. Penn Beats Kenny Florian by 4th-Round Submission
The main event for UFC 101
has been set, and lightweight champion BJ Penn
will defend his title against Kenny Florian
on August 8 in Philadelphia.
MMA Weekly reports
that Penn said on his own web site
that it's official, and that Penn will make his first title defense since May of 2008. Lately Penn has seemed to be obsessed with getting justice for what he perceives as cheating by Georges St. Pierre during their fight at UFC 94, but now Penn says he's ready to turn all his attention to facing Florian.
Said Florian, "I am looking forward to testing myself against one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- lightweight fighter in the world."
Other fights expected to be part of the UFC 101 card include:Forrest Griffin
vs. Thiago SilvaJosh Neer
vs. Kurt PellegrinoThiago Tavares
vs. Melvin GuillardMatt Riddle
vs. Dan CramerDanillo Villefort
vs. Jesse Lennox
A Randy Couture
-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
fight that had been rumored for UFC 101 is now expected to be the co-main event at UFC 102
on August 29 in Portland. Demian Maia is expected to fight for the middleweight title in the main event at UFC 102