UFC 101 Blow by Blow

After putting together an impressive six-fight win streak, Kenny Florian (right) gets a crack at...

After putting together an impressive six-fight win streak, Kenny Florian (right) gets a crack at B.J. Penn's lightweight title. (UFC photo)

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 12:58 AM ET

UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn looks to redeem himself following his loss to Georges St. Pierre when he defends his belt against Kenny Florian.

Also, Forrest Griffin faces his toughest challenge to date in middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

BLOW BY BLOW

Josh (The Dentist) Neer vs. Kurt (Batman) Pellegrino

Round one

Neer delivers a hard high kick, but it's blocked. Pellegrino gets a huge slam, but is pulled into Neer's guard. Pellegrino passes to half-guard, but loses it. Pellegrino stands up, but Neer tries an armbar. Pellegrino pops his arm out and is back in guard.

Neer slaps on an armbar, but Pellegrino slams his way out. Pellegrino is back in Neer's guard. He stands up, but can't land any punches to the grounded Neer.

Pellegrino passes to half-guard again, but loses it. Pellegrino tries some elbows as the round ends. Close round. Pellegrino was on top, but Neer was active from his back.

Round two

Neer lands a hard leg kick. He gets two more. Pellegrino tries a takedown, but Neer stuffs it. Pellegrino with a nice right and he shoots again, but can't take Neer down.

Pellegrino shoots and gets Neer to the mat this time. Neer tries a triangle choke, but Pellegrino pops out. Pellegrino lands a nice right hand. Neer responds with elbows to the top of Pellegrino's head.

Pellegrino counters a kimura attempt and gets mount. Neer spins out, but Pellegrino takes his back. Neer is bleeding from the nose. The round ends.

Round three

Pellegrino with a good body kick. He follows it up with another one. Neer lands a body kick of his own, but Pellegrino takes him down.

Pellegrino works in some elbows. Neer tries an omoplata shoulder lock, but Pellegrino is sweaty, so he pops out.

Neer delivers some elbows to the top of Pellegrino's head. Neer tries a triangle, but can't get it. Pellegrino gets the full mount, but Neer spins out and stands up. Pellegrino tries a takedown, but Neer unloads with elbows as the round ends. Pellegrino is bleeding quite a bit after that flurry.

Winner: Kurt Pellegrino by unanimous decision.

Kendall (Da Spyder) Grove vs. Ricardo (Big Dog) Almeida

Round one

Almeida charges and presses Grove against the cage. Almeida delivers a knee to the body and tries some dirty boxing. Grove spins it around and separates.

Almeida lands a big overhand right that stuns Grove. Grove tries a kick, but Almeida catches it. He can't get the fight to the ground, though. They're back against the cage. Almeida trips Grove to the mat, but is stuck in the guard.

Grove lands a couple elbows, but Almeida passes to half-guard. He gets his leg out and is now in side-control. Grove spins, but Almeida takes his back. Grove gets to his knees and stands up. Almeida slams him right back down and is in half-guard.

Time expires; good round for Almeida.

Round two

Almeida with another nice overhand right and he immediately takes Grove down. Grove has an armbar! It's tight, but Almeida spins out.

Almeida is back into Grove's guard. He stands up and kicks Grove's legs before jumping back into guard.

Almeida passes to side-control and is landing some nasty elbows. Grove manages to stand up, but Almeida has him back against the fence.

Grove delivers a hard uppercut and follows it with a knee. Almeida takes him down as the round ends.

Round three

Grove needs something big in this round. Almeida lands a couple good leg kicks and immediately takes Grove down.

Grove stands up and now Almeida looks tired. Almeida drops down and Grove gets in some shots before standing up.

Almeida with a nice right hand. Grove presses him against the cage and starts stomping on his feet. They break, but Grove lands a knee. Almeida gets him back down, however.

Grove tries to set up the armbar again, but Almeida avoids it. He tries an omoplata, but can't get it. Almeida delivers a hard elbow. Grove pushes him off, but eats another right hand. Almeida presses him back on the fence as the round ends.

Winner: Ricardo Almeida by unanimous decision.

Amir Sadollah vs. Johny Hendricks

Round one

Sadollah misses a head kick, but follows with a leg kick. Sadollah charges with punches, but eats a huge left-hook! Hendricks follows with uppercuts and Sadollah is down! Hendricks delivers a couple more punches and the ref stops it!

That was a bit of an early stoppage and the crowd boos heavily.

Winner: Johny Hendricks by first round TKO.

Anderson (The Spider) Silva vs. Forrest Griffin

Round one

Silva gets booed heavily on the way out to the octagon.

Griffin takes octagon control and tries a head kick. Both guys are looking hesitant.

Griffin misses a left-right combo, but connects with an inside leg kick. Silva charges and drops Griffin with a right-hook! Griffin is back up, though.

Silva is walking Griffin down now and he drops him with a left-straight! silva tries to finish, but Griffin survives and stands back up again. Griffin is desperately trying to connect with punches, but Silva is dodging every one with ease.

Griffin charges with punches, but Silva is avoiding all the strikes and he drops him with a straight-right! Griffin is out!

Silva is back! Griffin runs straight out the octagon.

Winner: Silva by first round KO.

B.J. (The Prodigy) Penn vs. Kenny (KenFlo) Florian

Round one

Penn takes octagon control. Florian tries a body kick, but Penn knocks him over with a big right hand. Florian is back up and they clinch against the cage. Penn lands an elbow as they separate.

They clinch and exchange elbows and punches before separating. Penn charges again and has Florian pressed against the cage.

Penn works some knees to Florian's legs. Florian tries a takedown, but Penn avoids it.

Florian tries another takedown, but can't take Penn to the mat. Penn hurts Florian with a big right hand! He follows it with a knee, but the round ends.

Round two

Florian delivers a hard leg kick and presses him against the fence. Penn lands a knee to his head and they separate. Florian shoots again, but they're back to clinching against the cage. It looks like Florian's trying to wear Penn out with takedowns.

Florian misses a superman punch -- Penn tried to counter, but accidentally landed a punch to the back of Florian's head.

Florian goes for yet another takedown, but can't get it. Penn connects with an uppercut and a hard left-hook. Florian misses a headkick. Florian with a nice leg kick.

Another good round for Penn, but Florian is testing his cardio.

Round three

Florian tries another headkick, but Penn blocks it. Florian presses him against the cage again, but Penn starts landing knees to the legs.

Florian drops to go for Penn's legs, but still can't get him to the mat. Penn lands an uppercut and they break. Penn delivers a flurry of punches, but Florian avoids any serious damage.

Florian grabs a single-leg, but all he can do is press Penn on the fence. Penn grabs the leg and switches out. Penn counters a superman punch with a big left punch as the round ends. That had to hurt.

Round four

Florian has lost the first three rounds. He needs to looks for the finish now.

Penn avoids another takedown and tags Florian with a right uppercut. Florian avoids further damage and once again presses Penn on the fence.

Penn gets the takedown! So much for Florian's gameplan. Penn is caught in half-guard, but is landing some hard elbows. Florian's left eye is starting to swell.

Penn is grinding away with elbows and punches. Florian gives up his back and Penn switches to full-mount! Florian tries to spin out, but Penn takes his back, sinks in a rear-naked choke and Florian taps!

Winner: B.J. Penn by fourth-round submission.


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