Following a sub-par outing against Anderson "Spider" Silva, Thales Leites will get a chance to redeem himself when he takes on Alessio Sakara at UFC 101. Both Leites and Silva drew boos from the crowd in Montreal last month for their title bout that saw both fighters engage in a tentative, guarded fight. Italian slugger Sakara has a 4-4 record in the UFC.
Philly gets Declaration
The UFC made 101 official and gave it a name. UFC 101: Declaration will go Aug. 8 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The main event will feature a lightweight title fight between Kenny Florian and champ B.J. Penn. There is also to a be a light-heavyweight showdown between Anderson "Spider" Silva and Forrest Griffin. Florian, a Boston native, threw out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies-L.A. Dodgers game this week to promote the event.
UFC on Quest
The UFC is teaming up with Grapplers Quest to host a grappling tournament in the days leading to UFC 100. The tournament will be part of the UFC Fan Expo and is touted to be "the largest submission, grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in history." Registration is open to the first 1,500 fighters in various categories.
Pick top 100 fights
Spike TV is asking fans to pick the top 100 fights in UFC history as it counts down to UFC 100. Spike will then air the top 100 as voted on by fans. The fans' picks will be unveiled in four instalments the week of the July 11 fight.
Flair wants to wrestle
WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair says he'd like to wrestle again, but only with the blessing of WWE and Shawn Michaels, who he lost his "retirement match" to at Wrestlemania 24. "I want to wrestle again," Flair told Alex Marvez. "I watch WWE and I can still do better than 90% of the guys there. I weigh one less pound than the day I retired. I still work out really hard and I wrestle my kid (Reid) all the time. It's not like I haven't been in the ring. I'm tired of signing autographs. I'm just like I was 10 years ago. I keep thinking, 'Why am I signing autographs when I can still take backdrops?'