UFC 101 Picks

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to pay-per-view this Saturday, Aug. 8 with UFC 101: Declaration, the first UFC pay per view event to take place from Philadelphia, Penn.

The main card features five fights, but overall the card has 11 fights scheduled at the Wachovia Center.

Some of the marquee fights have sizeable favorites, but the card features plenty of close betting odds that could provide big winners on the night. Here are a few fight pick suggestions from our staff.

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Johny Hendricks -105 over Amir Sadollah

The unbeaten Hendricks faces Ultimate Fighter 7 winner, Amir Sadollah on the main card in Sadollah’s first fight in 12 months. Hendricks is a strong wrestler that should be able to get Sadollah to the ground. The TUF winner Sadollah has made a name for himself with his slick submissions, but Hendricks should be able to avoid the submissions and control the fight on the ground. The long layoff for Sadalloh should play a factor, as should the expectations for his first UFC fight since winning on the television show. All of those things lead us to believe that Hendricks will pull out a decision victory.

Kendall Grove +140 over Ricardo Almeida

Grove has the right fighting style to pick up an upset win over Almeida this weekend. In 15 professional fights, Grove has been submitted just one time. Almeida is submission specialist, but struggles when he can’t get fights to the ground. Almeida’s decision loss to Patrick Cote gave other fighters a blue print for victory against him, and Grove has the height and reach advantage to keep this fight standing and earn a big win for his career over Almeida.

The Sure Thing:

BJ Penn -250 over Kenny Florian

In the main event for the lightweight championship, Penn seems to be a lock to retain his title over Kenny Florian. After a devastating loss to Georges St. Pierre back in January, Penn is looking to redeem himself and re-establish himself as one of the best fighters in the world. Penn changed up his training and hired a new strength and conditioning coach in Marv Marinovich. The hire appears to be paying off as Penn looks to be in the best shape he has ever been in. Florian is a talented fighter, but doesn’t appear to have the skills to beat a fighter of Penn’s talent. Penn should have the advantage in every aspect of the fight, which will get him a win on Saturday.

The Potential Long Shot Winner:

Forrest Griffin +250 over Anderson Silva

On paper, it just doesn’t seem likely that Griffin can win. Silva is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world by most and his style seems to have no weakness. However, Griffin is the definition of a ‘gamer’ in the mixed martial arts world. Every fight he is in is a scrap and you can never question that Griffin gives his all. In all his major fights where Griffin was a decisive underdog,  he has come up big. Against Tito Ortiz, many argue that he won a close decision and against Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson, Griffin surprised everyone by winning both of those fights. Griffin’s style and heart may just be the right mixture to beat the lighter Silva. With such big odds against him, Griffin could be a strong play on Saturday.

UFC 101 Information

Date: Saturday, Aug. 8

Location: Philadelphia, Penn.

Time: Main card airs at 10 p.m. ET

TV Coverage: Pay-Per View

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Posted: 8/5/09 6:55PM ET

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