BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian
Some fan just stole the hat right of Florian's head while he was walking out to the Octagon :)
Penn lunches with a right hand early. Penn caught Florian with a right hand and jumps right on him and tries for a takedown. Clinched against the fence, Penn lands a nice elbow. Florian looks tentative and is moving and circling out while Penn is stalking Florian and looks to be the aggressor. With both fighters tied up agains the fence, Penn looks like he might be looking for a takedown,, it looks like Florian is looking to ride the fight out and take the fight to the later rounds. Florian tied up and worked for a takedown but he never really got close. Florian landed a nice leg kick. Penn ducked under a left hook countered with a nice overhand right that looked like it stunned Florian and Penn followed up with a knee that looked like Florian was in trouble. A big lump on the left side of Florian's face is growing out of his forehead. Penn 10-9
Kenny opened up with a really nice leg kick to start the fight and and drives in for a takedown which Penn defends easily, from the clinch Penn lands a short left hook that scores. Slow round so far, Florian looks like he is trying to lean on Penn and make him defend takedown attempts. Penn lands a couple of stiff uppercuts while Florian works for a few leg kicks but not too much damage for either fighter. Close round 10-9 Penn on the strength of more damaging blows.
Again Florian working for takedowns and lands a few body shots from the clinch against the fence. BJ Penn looks like he is slowing up already but he is being forced to work to defend the takedown. BJ Penn lands a nice uppercut. Penn throws a nice combination that has Florian scrambling but he is still moving well and looks like he is the fresher of the two fighters. Florian again drives for a single-leg takdown and Penn lands a nice knee to the face. Penn is still more explosive than Florian and the challenger is still trying to slow the fight down. Penn pushes away and throws a flurry of punches, Penn still looks like he has energy. Penn lands a nice punch on the face of Florian. Penn 10-9
These are the championship rounds, the questions of whether Penn can go her are going to be answered. Florian looks jittery and Penn looks like he is the more composed of the two fighters. Penn works his way off the fence and again dominates off the clinch with a combination and follows up with a scoop takedown that Florian can't stop and goes right to the half guard. Penn is in the half-guard mount and lands some very nice ground-and-pound and Florian looks like he is in trouble. Penn has mounted Penn and takes the back of Florian. Penn is heeling Florian in the abdomen and as soon as Florian's hands go down to block the heel to the abdomen Penn grabs the neck, works the rear-naked-choke and gets the tapout. Penn retains his belt via Rear-Naked-choke 3:54 rd 4
Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin
Both fighters are somewhat tentative in the early goings. Griffin opens up with the head kick, and Silva catches a kick and tries for a Irvin-esque punch but Griffin scampers away. Griffin throws a headkick again but he just looks a lot slower than Silva. Silva dropped Griffin with a punch but Griffin gets back to the feet but he looks like he is rocked. Silva looks very confident and is waving Griffin in and drops his hands by his waist to draw Griffin in. Despite having his hands down a la Roy Jones Jr., bobs out of the way of all of Griffin's attacks and still drops Griffin again with punches that are coming from his waist. With Silva's hands down, Griffin came in with a right and left that missed completely and Silva just drove a right jab into the chin that finished Griffin for good. Griffin is so embarrassed he ran out of the Octagon and left before the decision was announced.
Anderson Silva over Forrest Griffin at 3:23 of round 1
Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley
Riley is coming out firing, he looks to be the aggressor and comes in with quick combinations, and really nice knees to the body from the clinch. Riley looks great in the early going. So far the fight has been fought entirely on the feet the whole time, Shane Nelson has been on the wrong side of knee's to the body and short dirty boxing tactics. Nelson shot for a takedown and got stuffed. Riley looks like he is in total control dictating the pace of the fight from all facets of the game. Riley 10- 9
Riley lands a nice left hand and Nelson responds with a nice knee to the face in return. Riley is muscling his way through the defense of Nelson who appears to the be the much smaller fighter. Riley is cutting off the Octagon at every turn and Nelson looks like he is getting worn down by pressure of Riley who lands a nice head kick. Riley pushes the fight to the fence and just tripped Nelson to the ground, and works on the face of Nelson with hammerfists and elbows. The fight goes back to the feet after a standup by the referee. Riley 10-9.
Riley is still coming at Nelson who attempts another takedown that Riley again stuffs easily. After tying up in the clinch against the fence, Nelson just drops to the mat and Riley jumps on on him and starts working the ground-and-pound. While Riley isn't dropping anything damaging, he is in complete control. Nelson has nothing more to offer, Riley takes the round again. Riley 10-9
Official Score - Aaron Riley wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27) x 3
Amir Sadollah vs. Johnny Hendricks
Johnny Hendricks defeats Amir Sadollah. Hendricks ate a leg kick, blocked a high kick, and responded with a left hand that stunned Sadollah. He followed up with a flurry of left uppercuts that dropped the winner of TUF 7 against the fence and from there he swung at the downed fighter, most of which missed, until the referee stepped in to stop the bout at 32 seconds of the third. The fight looked like it was stopped early...
Kendall Grove vs. Ricardo Almeida
Almeida is working very hard to try to get the fight to the ground but for the first three and a half minutes he is not able to get the fight to the ground. Grove's takedown defense looks really good here, he is using the clinch to keep him away and firing back with the knee's to the face whenever he can. Almeida lands a huge right hand. Almeida is using a lot of energy to get the fight to the ground and finally gets it there, and passes to the half guard and almost gets the mount, but Grove gets back to his feet. Almeida responds with a huge takedown and takes the first round.
Almeida takes the fight right to the ground off a nice right hand that lands flush again. The fight goes against to the fence but surprisingly Grove slapped on a beautiful armbar that was locked in tight but Almeida grimaced and got out. Great escape from a really tight submission hold that looked really deep! The fight is going back to the feet and Grove lands a nice right uppercut but Almeida eats it and gets another takedown. Rd 2 for Almeida.
Almeida drove for a takedown but ate a kick in the process. Grove is going for it more on the feet and gets back to the feet against the fence and landed a nice knee to the face. Almeida looks really tired, and goes for a flying armbar that misses. Grove works from the top for a minute but waves the fight back to the feet. Almeida gets the fight back to the ground and works the ground-and-pound. It looks like he did just enought to win the final round too.
Official Score - Ricardo Almeida wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27) x 3
Kurt Pelligrino over Josh Neer Unanimous Decision (30-27) x 3
Jesse Lennox over Danillo Villefort TKO
George Sotiropoulos over George Roop Kimura
Matt Riddle over Dan Cramer Decision
Alessio Sakara over Thales Leites Split Decision
John Howard over Tamden McCrory Split Decision