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#421291 - 08/05/09 01:32 PM UFC 101: predictions?
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Looks like a decent card to me, with a great pair of headline bouts.


Main card:

BJ Penn Vs. Kenny Florian
Anderson Silva Vs. Forrest Griffin
Amir Sadollah Vs. Johny Hendricks
Kendall Grove Vs. Ricardo Almeida
Josh Neer Vs. Kurt Pellegrino

Prelims:

Shane Nelson Vs. Aaron Riley
Tamdan McCrory Vs. John Howard
Thales Leites Vs. Alessio Sakara
Matthew Riddle Vs. Dan Cramer
George Sotiropoulos Vs. George Roop
Jesse Lennox Vs. Danillo Villefort


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#421292 - 08/05/09 01:41 PM Re: UFC 101: predictions? [Re: Supremor]
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No predictions as of yet but do hope that Kenny Florian tears BJ Penn a new a$$. Also hope the Forrest Griffin puts on a great fight with Anderson Silva. I think Silva fights to the caliber of his opponent so with Forrest always on the move, we should see more action from Silva then we did in his last fights.
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#421293 - 08/05/09 01:52 PM Re: UFC 101: predictions? [Re: Supremor]
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BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian:

I know that BJ is absurdly talented and that, but I'm just not sure what to think about this fight. Florian is such a good strategist and has been very impressive of late, and Penn has been known to be a bit lazy and overconfident. But, he is undisputably, IMO, the best lightweight in the world on any given day and that will save him against 99% of challengers. The question is whether Florian can come up with a methodical strategy to peck away at Penn while standing and manage it for all five rounds. Penn's striking is always underrated and Florian will have to be on top performance to win a decision. It is a great match-up, and I have honestly no idea which way it will go. But, I have this feeling in my chest that it will be Florian, so I'm going with him on a whim.

Silva vs. Griffin

Poor old Anderson Silva, getting a huge LHW after his less than spectacular performance last time out. That is the real question for this match, because anyone can see that Silva is technically superior in just about every area. When you consider Silva's scary accuracy, and Griffin's sometimes lacking defence, I think it's difficult to bet against Silva. If Griffin is able to get a takedown and wear Silva down for three rounds, or stay safe in the clinch while doing a bit of damage, then he stands a fair chance. However, everyone has tried to put Silva down, with little success- you remember his brief spell on the ground against Franklin? And those who tangle with his clinch game go down in a hail of knees- see Franklin again for details. I just can't see how Griffin can win this, which is why I'm giving it to Silva for a KO victory.

The rest of the card doesn't interest me much, but I will say that Sadollah is being given an easy to get him back on track after his injury problems; Kendall Grove should beat Almeida, although frankly I don't much like his as a fighter.

Poor Thales Leites for getting shoved onto the prelims like that. Guess the UFC is firmly stating what it expects from its fighters crazy

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#421295 - 08/05/09 02:11 PM Re: UFC 101: predictions? [Re: Supremor]
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BJ Penn Vs. Kenny Florian -
Tough call. BJ is utterly dominant at 155, but Kenny has made amzing improvements in his game. I'm pulling for Kenny to take this, but the gut says BJ is still the master here. BJ needs to bring it, and from what I've read, he is taking Kenny seriously.

Anderson Silva Vs. Forrest Griffin -

Again, pulling for Forrest here, but I don't see any skill advantage for him against Silva. Silva should be wary of Forrest's striking power, but I don't see Silva as lax in that regard.

Thales Leites Vs. Alessio Sakara -

Unless Sakara has massively improved his ground game, he is likely to be tooled there.
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#421302 - 08/05/09 04:41 PM Re: UFC 101: predictions? [Re: MattJ]
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If Griffin can bring all the granite in his chin, it will be intresting to see how Anderson deals with someone not only pushing the pace, but potentialy walking through or surviving some of his excellent mid range striking.

Its tempting to see this as 'Rocky' for MMA, but Griffin has some serious scalps, and cojones the size of bowling balls. He beat Jackson fair and square, anyone with eyes could see that he beat Tito (apart from the judges of course :/), and on his night, he can upset anyone, The Spider included.

I just cant get excited about anything involving BJ Penn, I just want him to lose as much as possible, and remove his babyfaced arrogant person from my TV screen asap
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#421311 - 08/05/09 10:30 PM Re: UFC 101: predictions? [Re: Cord]
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I like Florian to win this one with the way he's been "Finishing" lately. But unlike others here, Penn doesn't get under my skin like he does some of you. I like to watch him fight. His flexability is remarkable.

Though I would like to see Griffin win, logic tells me Silva and I think if Silva wins it brings on his match up with GSP. That would be a great fight. GSP's takedown percentage is rediculously high and I think its a pretty even match. The question is what weight class do they go to? Does GSP go up or does the Spider come down? Either way I think the advantage goes to GSP as you don't deplete yourself going up in weight the way you do having to suck it off!

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#421313 - 08/06/09 04:37 AM Re: UFC 101: predictions? [Re: VDJ]
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You wouldn't be impressed with BJ's flexibility if you had dated the professional dancer I did in 2000 wink

I agree that the only logical fight in the world out there right now is GSP vs Silva. Everyone want to see it, and whilst i suspect the occassion would get to both, leading to inevitable spectator disappointment, it is only a matter of time till it happens - truly MMA's first 'Superfight' , it will be the next stage in mainstream acceptance after Griffin v Bonnar 1.
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#421368 - 08/07/09 01:09 PM Re: UFC 101: UK broadcast information [Re: Cord]
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For those of us in the UK, UFC 100 was free to view due to the collapse of the PPV channel that had the broadcast rights for UFC.

No such luck this time round, as ESPN have picked up the UK contract for this, and all future UFC broadcasts.
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#421370 - 08/07/09 02:33 PM Re: UFC 101: UK broadcast information [Re: Cord]
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Silva vs GSP would be probably the greatest MMA fight extant. The UFC appears hesitant to put it together at this point, though.
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#421372 - 08/07/09 03:30 PM Re: UFC 101: UK broadcast information [Re: MattJ]
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GSP was on OTR (Off The Record with Michael Landsberg) just after UFC 100.

http://watch.tsn.ca/off-the-record/#clip195699

It was done by voice only and is a short talk. He discusses Anderson Silva. Take a look.
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