Anderson Silva (Photo: famososartistas.com)
UFC 101: Declaration – Philadelphia – Wachovia Center – Aug. 8, 2009
Anderson Silva took a break from dominating the middleweight division to beat Forest Griffin in a light heavyweight superfight at UFC 101.
Silva turned the Philly fans’ boos to cheers by knocking Griffin out with a right hand at the 3:23 mark.
BJ Penn retained the UFC lightweight title, beating Kenny Florian in the fourth round with a rear naked choke.
Johny Hendricks needed only 29 seconds to score a TKO win over TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah.
The rest of the pay-per-view fights ended in unanimous decisions: Kurt Pellegrino beat Josh “The Dentist” Neer; Ricardo Almeida defeated Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove; and Aaron Riley beat Shane Nelson.
On the pre-show, George Sotiropoulos forced George Roop to submit to a kimura in the second round.
Danillo Villefort lost his only UFC fight to Jesse Lennox when the doctor stopped the fight in Round 3.
In other bouts, Alessio Sakara beat Thales Leites by split decision; “The King of Bros” Matthew Riddle defeated Dan Cramer by split decision; and John Howard won a split decision over Tamdan McCrory.