Wasn’t Affliction’s “Trilogy” event awesome last night? ‘I can’t believe I saw Fedor do that,’ is what might have been said today. However, thanks to a certain ‘roider that shall remain nameless, ahem JOSH BARNETT, it didn’t happen. If you are still bummin’ over Affliction Entertainment’s demise, it’s time to get over it because Zuffa, LLC has you covered all next weekend.
For your viewing pleasure, Zuffa’s cash cow, also known as the UFC, kicks off the the festivities Saturday evening as they make their debut in the City of Brotherly Love. Lightweight champ BJ Penn will be defending his strap against Kenny Florian at UFC 101 inside the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Penn has looked nothing but dominant since returning to the 155-pound division. The Hawaiian has gone a perfect 3-0 en route to capturing the title, with all three victories coming in impressive finishing fashion.
Florian is no slouch himself, as the division’s top contender has won six consecutive scraps since dropping his bloody title fight to Sean Sherk at UFC 64 in December of 2006.
If that wasn’t enough, OPENING for that 5Round lightweight affair will be a light heavyweight match-up between former champ Forrest Griffin and middleweight king Anderson Silva. On almost any other show, this would be the card’s finale, however Penn-Florian deservedly gets top billing this evening.
This will be Silva’s second 205-pound tango, and it would be tough to imagine him looking more spectacular than he did in his first light heavyweight bout with his 61 second KO of James Irvin at “UFC Fight Night 14” last July. He will be riding a dominating 10-fight winning streak into the bout, nine of them coming inside the Octagon.
We last saw Griffin getting smacked silly by Rashad Evans in his first, and only, title defense at UFC 92. The fashion in which he lost dropped Griffin quite a bit in the rankings, however a win over Silva will certainly put him right back in the title mix.
The UFC’s sister company, the WEC, will be hosting their WEC 42 event inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday evening. Bantamweight sensation Miguel Torres will be defending his title and 17-fight win streak against top contender Brian Bowles.
UFC 101 will be available only on pay-per-view, while you can catch WEC 42 for the everyday low price of $Free.99 on Versus Network.
Thanks to Josh Barnett, we could have had “Trilogy” as well as UFC 101 and WEC 43 all in a seve day span! Ok, that was the last time, I promise. I am officially over it …