UFC 101 Recap
Total Pro Sports – BJ Penn and Anderson Silva are the pinnacle of MMA in their respective weight classes. These credentials have come into question in recent months following Penn’s loss to George St. Pierre and a few lacklustre performances from Silva. Most of these questions were crushed with two world class performances from both champions.
Silva had been criticized for his previous two middleweight championship fights which weren’t exactly barn-burners. The blame can also be put on his opponents but fans have come to expect vicious finishes from the Spider, and to accomplish this the UFC moved him up to the 205 division in need of a game opponent. To fill the roll they called on former light heavyweight champion, Forrest Griffin. Griffin lasted all of 3:23 before being knocked out by a back peddling Silva with a jab. This on top of two previous knockdowns by Silva, and Silva taunting his opponent by dropping his hands to his waists and ducking punches like one of the greats. Silva proved he is the best middleweight in the world, and after his performance against Griffin, clearly one of the best light heavyweights in the world. His next fight should come in the form of a rematch with the always tough Dan Henderson for the middleweight title. Should be a great fight.
BJ Penn was out to prove a point against Kenny Florian after his loss to St. Pierre at welterweight. Penn, a true lightweight has dreams of holding multiple belts in the UFC, and while he is a former welterweight champion, his frame is much better suited to 155. Florian is the cream of the crop in the lightweight division with wins over Roger Huerta, Joe Stevensen, and Joe Lauzon, a true number 1 contender but Penn proved why he is the best lightweight in the world. Florian had no answer to Penn’s boxing, and while he hung in there for 4 rounds, he eventually succumbed to Penn’s superior grappling.
It almost looked like Penn was toying with him into going into the deeper rounds to show off his new found condition. Eventually Florian would tap to a rear naked choke in the 4th round. Proving that he is not only the best lightweight in the world, but possibly the greatest lightweight ever. Penn’s next title defence will probably have him up against the always dangerous Diego Sanchez. And while Sanchez is one of the finest fighters in the world, look for BJ to be a big favourite.