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
The main card features five fights, but overall the card has 11 fights scheduled at the
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.
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
The Potential Long Shot Winner:
On paper, it just doesn’t seem likely that
UFC 101 Information
Date: Saturday, Aug. 8
Time: Main card airs at 10 p.m. ET
TV Coverage: Pay-Per View
Posted: 8/5/09 6:55PM ET