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UFC 101: Declaration Live Thread: Play-by-Play, Scoring, Discussion

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Join Matt Bishop and Neil Wagner starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT for live coverage of UFC 101: Declaration, which is live from Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

In addition to discussing the fights, you can follow along with us as we provide play-by-play and live scoring of the fights.

And don't forget to join Lights Out Radio at 1:30 a.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT following the show for full analysis and discussion of the night's card.


The main card, play-by-play, scoring and discussion is after the jump.

UFC 101: Declaration coverage

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OFFICIAL RESULTS:

Kurt Pellegrino d. Josh Neer (unanimous decision)

Ricardo Almeida d. Kendall Grove (unanimous decision)

Johny Hendricks d. Amir Sadollah (TKO - Strikes) R1 0:29

Aaron Riley d. Shane Nelson (unanimous decision)

Anderson Silva d. Forrest Griffin (KO - Punch) R1 3:23

BJ Penn d. Kenny Florian (Submission - Rear Naked Choke) R4 3:54

 

Lightweight bout

Kurt Pellegrino vs. Josh Neer

Round 1 — High kick lands for Neer early. Nice body shot by Pellegrino and a big slam into guard. Neer working some ground and pound and trying to pass but Neer brings him back to guard. Neer looking for an armbar but not even close. Neer locks in an armbar but Pellegrino slams him on his head. Neer being extremely active from the bottom. Pellegrino passes to half-guard. Nice elbow. Very intriguing fight thus far. A big chess match. Pellegrino passes to half-guard as the round ends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino

Round 2 — Nice leg kick by Neer. Nice right by Pellegrino. They trade. Neer stuffs a takedown. Nice right and combo by Pellegrino. Goes for a single and finishes it. Good elbow by Pellegrino. Neer goes for a triangle but no dice. Neer's guard is excellent here. Neer complaining to the ref. Neer working for a triangle while Pellegrino rains down hammerfists. Neer gives it up. Pellegrino gets his back and then mounts with a minute to go. Neer gives up his back while bucking. Neer trying to turn into him. Twenty seconds left. Neer is bleeding. Neer survives.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino

Round 3 — Pellegrino catches a kick and takes Neer down. Neer controlling well. Neer tries an omaplata but Pellegrino immediately pulls out. Pellegrino is cut now. Both men throwning elbows. Pellegrino staying out of any major danger. Pellegrino steers clear of a triangle attempt. Little under 90 seconds to go. Pellegrino trying to pass. He's in half-guard. Pellegrino mounts with 40 seconds to go. Neer gets out and ends up on top. Pellegrino gets up and drives Neer against the cage. Elbows by Neer. The fight is over.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino (30-27 Pellegrino)

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino (30-27 Pellegrino)

Official decision: 30-27x3 for Kurt Pellegrino

 

Middleweight bout

Kendall Grove vs. Ricardo Almeida

Round 1 — They clinch against the cage. Almeida trying for a takedown. They finally break from the clinch. Big right hand by Almeida. Big kick/knee by Grove. Almeida catches it and goes for a takedown but Grove defends well. Grove goes for a guillotine but gives it up. Almeida can't get him down. Almeida finally gets a trip takedown into full guard with 1:45 to go. Grove pushes him off but Almeida re-enters the guard. Nice elbow by Almeida. Almeida into half-guard. Almeida gets on his back and lands knees to the body. Grove stands up and they clinch against the cage. Almeida picks him up and slams him in the middle of the cage. Into half-guard.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Almeida

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Almeida

Round 2 — Another right by Almeida and he follows up with a takedown. Into a full-guard. Grove locks in an armbar and it's tight by Almeida defends. Wow. Almeida gets up and dives back into guard. Almeida lands two shots. Grove locks in a body triangle from the bottom. He lets it go. Almeida controlling the action but not doing much from the top. Almeida gets into half-guard and lands some nice shots. Grove rolls but lets Almeida into side but back into half. Almeida laying in some shots but Grove gets up to his feet. They clinch against the cage. Nice knee by Grove. Nice uppercut by Grove and a knee. Nice takedown defense by Grove. Almeida gets a takedown late and time expires.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Almeida

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Almeida

Round 3 — Grove throws a kick and Almeida catches it and takes him down. Grove gets back up and they clinch against the cage. They break. Almeida drops into guard but can't do anything and Grove backs out. Almeida could be tiring. Almeida ducks a hook and clinches, but Grove pushes him against the cage and foot stomps. Good knee by Grove. Almeida drives into Grove and gets a takedown. Full guard. Almeida not doing much. Almeida doing just enough to not have it stood up. Grove rolls for a kimura but it's not happening. 30 seconds left and Grove's corner is yelling at him. Grove pushes him off. Grove is wild and Almeida pushes him into the cage.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Almeida (30-27 Almeida)

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Almeida (30-27 Almeida)

Official decision: 30-27x3 for Ricardo Almeida

 

Welterweight bout

Amir Sadolloh vs. Johny Hendricks

Round 1 — Hendricks blocks a high kick. Sadollah working kicks early. Hendricks lands some big uppercuts in the clinch and he goes down. Hendricks starts throwing and it's stopped. The official time is 29 seconds.

 

Lightweight bout

Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley

Round 1 — Riley lands a left. They both land at the same time. Riley tags Nelson with a big left. They clinch against the cage. Nelson lands a left. Nelson catches a leg kick but doesn't commit to the takedown. They clinch against the cage. Nelson goes for a punch/kick combo that's mostly blocked. They clinch against the cage with Riley the aggressor. Riley just misses a going-away high kick. Riley catches a middle kick and delivers a high kick. Riley stuffs a takedown. Clinch against the cage again and the round ends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Riley

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Riley

Round 2 — Riley just misses a head kick and Nelson lands a knee. Riley is bullying Nelson against the cage. They break. Good knee to the body by Riley. Nelson is tiring. Clinching again. Riley lands a head kick and a nice knee to the body against the cage and takes him down. Riley in half-guard and eventually into full. Referee breaks them up with 43 seconds left. Nice body kick by Nelson. Riley with a vicious trip takedown as the round ends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Riley

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Riley

Round 3 — Nelson's corner tells him if he wins this round, he wins the fight. They fail to tell him he'll need a 10-7 round to do so. Nelson just falls to the ground in the clinch, very tired. A fight in the crowd gains one of the biggest reactions of the night. Riley in the guard. Good elbow by Riley. Nelson is going to need a miracle with 90 seconds left. Riley systematically destroying Nelson. Some swelling under Nelson's left eye. Riley just battering Nelson.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-8 Riley (30-26 Riley)

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Riley (30-27 Riley)

"If Riley doesn't win this decision I'm going to burn my headset and run naked through the crowd." - Joe Rogan

Official decision: 30-27x3 for Aaron Riley

Light-heavyweight bout

Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin

Round 1 — Standard feeling out process early on. Silva grabs a leg kick and pushes Griffin back. More feeling out. Silva blocks a head kick. Silva pushes forward and cracks Griffin and drops him but Forrest recovers and gets up. Both men going at it. Silva with his hands down taunting Forrest. He cracks Griffin and drops him again while taunting him. He throws a few punches and lets him up. Griffin lands. Silva drops Griffin going away and it's over.

Forrest gets up and runs to the back. It was a falling away right jab that Joe Rogan calls one of the "most embarrassing knockouts in UFC history."

The official time is 3:23.

Lightweight Championship

BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian

Round 1 — Penn drops Florian briefly, might've been a slip as he caught a kick. Clinch against the cage. Penn lands an elbow. They clinch against the cage. They break. Florian high kick is short and blocked. Florian drives Penn into the cage. Florian going for an upper-body takedown but Penn is having none of it. Good leg kick by Florian. Florian shoots a single but can't get it. Florian pushes Penn against the cage and they break. Penn hurts Florian and lands a flying knee and another and the round ends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Penn

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Penn

Round 2 — Florian working leg kicks. Florian drives in again and pushes Penn against the cage looking for a takedown. They break. Florian circling. Florian ducks a punch and grabs and leg and runs Penn into the cage. Working for a single but gives it up quickly. Florian ducks a punch again and goes for a single and again gives it up but keeps Penn against the cage. Penn lands and Florian backs out. Leg kick by Florian. Florian with a leg kick as the round ends.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Florian

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-10

Round 3 — Nice high kick by Florian. Florian again pushes Penn into the cage. Florian drops down for a takedown. He's working for it but gives it up. Florian driving Penn into the cage and really leaning on him. Lots of in-fighting now and they break. Penn lands some nice shots and Florian gets out of there. Florian shoots and single and again drives Penn into the cage. Still holding the leg and gives it up. Penn on the offensive now, and now he relents a bit. Florian again ducks a punch and leans on Penn on the cage . Penn switches and they break again. Florian with two Superman punches and Penn responds.

Matt Bishop scores the round 10-9 Florian

Neil Wagner scores the round 10-9 Penn

Round 4 — Whenever Penn lands, Florian is able to safely navigate out, but Penn is still landing. Florian drives Penn into the cage again. Penn lands two shots and takes Florian down into half-guard. First time on the ground all fight. Florian lands an elbow. Penn respons with one of his own. Penn chipping away with elbows. Penn looking to pass. Florian hanging onto half-guard by a thread. Penn landing some shots. Florian is cut and mounted. He gives Penn his back with 100 seconds left. Back into mount. Nice elbow. Florian tries to get out of the back door but it's shut off. Gives up his back again. Penn locks in the rear-naked choke and it's over.

The official time is 3:54.