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Four Las Vegas fighters scheduled for UFC 101

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The Associated Press

Oklahoma State’s Johny Hendricks, bottom, lifts Michigan’s Ryan Churella during their 165-pound semifinal match at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships March 18, 2005, in St. Louis. Hendricks, now a UFC fighter, is one of four Las Vegas fighters featured on the undercard at UFC 101: Declaration on Aug. 8.

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.

Undercard bouts

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

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