The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | 3:32 p.m.
Undercard bouts for UFC 101 Declaration were made official today by UFC brass. UFC 101 will take place on Aug. 8 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
The event is headlined by a lightweight championship bout between current champ B.J. Penn and top contender Kenny Florian. The co-main event features middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up a division to face former world champion Forrest Griffin in a non-title light heavyweight bout.
The undercard features nine fights and four fighters that train in Las Vegas: Amir Sadollah, Johny Hendricks, Matt Riddle and George Sotiropoulos.
Sadollah, a welterweight, is best known as the winner of the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. The former TUF contestant holds a perfect 2-0 record in mixed martial arts.
He’ll have his hands full with fellow Las Vegas fighter Hendricks, a former two-time NCAA Division-I All-American wrestler from wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State.
Riddle was also a TUF contestant during the seventh season of the reality television series. The 23-year-old welterweight built up his MMA knowledge in a homemade gym occupying an extra room in his New York apartment before coming to Las Vegas to train full time.
Lightweight Sotiropoulos has shown a knack for finishing fights. He’s ended both of his UFC bouts early by submission and TKO.
Amir Sadollah vs. Johny Hendricks
Kendall Grove vs. Ricardo Almeida
Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley
Tamdan McCrory vs. John Howard
Thales Leites vs. Alessio Sakara
Matt Riddle vs. Dan Cramer
George Sotiropoulos vs Robert Emerson
Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort