Two UFC Champions showed why they are on most people’s list of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the world by doing more than beating the competition. B.J. Penn, and especially Anderson Silva, looked like they were a different class of fighter than their opponent. This bears mentioning, as Silva fought a former champion in Forrest Griffin and Penn fought the consensus #1 contender. Silva knocked out Griffin in the first round and Penn choked out Kenny Florian in the fourth round to retain his lightweight title.
Champ B.J. Penn def. Kenny Florian via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 4, 3:54. Penn retains the lightweight title.
Anderson Silva def. Forrest Griffin via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:23 (non-title fight).
Johny Hendricks def. Amir Sadollah via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:29.
Ricardo Almeida def. Kendall Grove via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Kurt Pellgrino def. Josh Neer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Prelim spoilers after the break
Aaron Riley def. Shane Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
John Howard def. Tamdan McCrory via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
Alessio Sakara def. Thales Leites via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28).
Matthew Riddle def. Dan Cramer via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-27).
George Sotiropoulos def. George Roop via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 1:59.
Jesse Lennox def. Danillo Villefort via TKO (cut) – Round 3, 3:3