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BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian officially announced

The UFC has formally announced the lightweight title bout between champ BJ Penn and challenger Kenny Florian for UFC 101 on August 8 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

The much-delayed championship fight will share headlining duties with the light-heavyweight bout between former 205-pound champion Forrest Griffin and current middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

"BJ Penn is called the 'Prodigy' for a reason. He has proven to be dangerous in multiple weight classes but he is definitely at his best at 155," said UFC president Dana White. "Now the lightweight champ defends his title against top contender Kenny Florian, who has improved by leaps and bounds since his UFC debut on the Ultimate Fighter. Originally known for his outstanding jiu-jitsu skills, Florian is now as well known for his devastating Muay Thai. Both of these guys excel standing and on the ground so I am expecting non-stop action in this world title fight."

The UFC has also released the details for seeing the event live. Tickets are priced from $50 to $600 and go on sale to the public Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. ET. UFC Fight Club members get the first shot on Thursday, May 21 at 10 a.m., while newsletter subscribers will also get an earlier sale date on Friday May 22 at 10 a.m.

FIGHT CARD:

  • BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian
  • Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin
  • Amir Sadollah vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Kendall Grove vs. Ricardo Almeida
  • Kurt Pellegrino vs. Josh Neer
  • Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley
  • Tamdan McCrory vs. John Howard
  • Matt Riddle vs. Dan Cramer
  • George Sotiropoulos vs. Rob Emerson
  • Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort
  • Alessio Sakara vs. Thales Leites*
*not yet officially announced