The UFC officially announced the main event for UFC 101 earlier today. Although the bout has been rumored from the event’s announcement, the promotion had failed to make it official.
Kenny Florian will challenge BJ Penn for the UFC Lightweight title on August 8th in Philadelphia.
“BJ Penn is called the Prodigy for a reason. He has proven to be dangerous in multiple weight classes but he is definitely at his best at 155,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Now the lightweight champ defends his title against top contender Kenny Florian, who has improved by leaps and bounds since his UFC debut on the Ultimate Fighter. Originally known for his outstanding jiu-jitsu skills, Florian is now as well known for his devastating Muay Thai. Both of these guys excel standing and on the ground so I am expecting non-stop action in this world title fight.”
UFC 101 will also feature a Light Heavyweight bout between current UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.