UFC 101

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UFC 101: Declaration
A poster or logo for UFC 101: Declaration.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date August 8, 2009
Venue Wachovia Center
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance 17,411[1]
Total gate $3,550,000[1]
Buyrate 850,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC 100 UFC 101: Declaration UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira

UFC 101: Declaration[3] was a mixed martial arts pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the first ever UFC event held in Philadelphia.[3] The event featured the second title defense of Lightweight Champion BJ Penn against Kenny Florian, and a non-title Light Heavyweight bout for Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva against former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin.


A previously announced bout between Rousimar Palhares and Alessio Sakara[4] was cancelled due to a broken leg suffered by Palhares during training.[5] Thales Leites stepped in to face Sakara.[6]

George Roop stepped in against George Sotiropoulos after Rob Emerson pulled out of the matchup due to a cut requiring stitches.[7]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight B.J. Penn (c) def Kenny Florian Submission (rear-naked choke) 4 3:54 [a]
Light Heavyweight Anderson Silva def Forrest Griffin KO (punch) 1 3:23
Lightweight Aaron Riley def Shane Nelson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00 [b]
Welterweight Johny Hendricks def Amir Sadollah TKO (punches) 1 0:29
Middleweight Ricardo Almeida def Kendall Grove Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Kurt Pellegrino def Josh Neer Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight John Howard def Tamdan McCrory Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Alessio Sakara def Thales Leites Decision (split) (29–28, 27–30, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Matthew Riddle def Dan Cramer Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight George Sotiropoulos def George Roop Submission (kimura) 2 1:59
Welterweight Jesse Lennox def Danillo Villefort TKO (doctor stoppage) 3 3:33
  1. ^ For the Lightweight Championship.
  2. ^ This bout, originally scheduled for the preliminary card, was moved to the main card due to time constraints.

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.

  • Fight of the Night: Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin
  • Knockout of the Night: Anderson Silva
  • Submission of the Night: B.J. Penn

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Stupp, Dann (August 9, 2009). "UFC 101 draws 17,411 attendance for Pennsylvania state record $3.55 million live gate". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved November 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2010-02-15). "UFC remains king of PPV hill". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  3. ^ a b "UFC 101". Ufc.com. Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Alessio Sakara vs. Rousimar Palhares set for UFC 101". MMAjunkie.com. April 1, 2009. Retrieved April 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ "ROUSIMAR PALHARES SUFFERS BROKEN LEG". Mma Weekly. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ "LEITES IN FOR INJURED PALHARES AT UFC 101". MMA Weekly.com. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ Morgan, John. "Cut forces Rob Emerson out of UFC 101 bout; George Roop reported as replacement". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved July 24, 2009.