Wednesday, May 13, 2009

UFC 101 ticket info for Wachovia Center

The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its long-awaited debut in the state of Pennsylvania on August 8 as UFC 101 invades the Wachovia Center.

UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to UFC 101 on Thursday, May 21 starting at 10 a.m. via An Internet pre-sale will be available to members of the free Wachovia Center Cyber Club and the UFC newsletter on Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m. To access this presale, users must register 24 hours before the presale at or

Remaining tickets will go on sale on Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. via,, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, the Wachovia Center Box Office, or select ACME markets. Tickets are priced at $50, $100, $200, $300, $400, and $600. To purchase a single event luxury suite, call 215-389-9500 or go to

The live UFC event at the Wachovia Center features BJ Penn defending his UFC lightweight crown against number one contender Kenny Florian. Also slated for the event is UFC middleweight boss Anderson Silva moving back to the 205-pound weight class to take on former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.

"We are excited to finally be able to host a UFC event in Philadelphia," said Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko. "With a world-wide audience watching on pay-per-view, the Wachovia Center will once again be in the national spotlight. This is a terrific opportunity for the facility, our company and most importantly UFC fans in the Greater Philadelphia Region."

"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."

The pride of Hilo, HA, UFC Lightweight Champion Penn (13-5-1) is on everyone’s short list of best fighters in the world pound for pound, and on August 8t he will be returning to the division he is the undisputed king of. Unbeaten at 155 pounds since 2002, Penn has taken out Jens Pulver, Joe Stevenson, and Sean Sherk in successive lightweight fights, and after suffering a setback in his challenge for Georges St-Pierre’s welterweight crown in January, Penn is eager to get back to his optimum weight to continue his reign of terror.

In just six years as a pro, Florian (13-3), a.k.a. KenFlo, has done nearly everything in the sport of mixed martial arts, as he’s fought in the middleweight, welterweight, and lightweight divisions, earned a spot in the finals on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter®, and beat some of the best fighters in the world in the process. The only thing missing for the 32-year old from Boston is a world championship, and after winning six in a row (including victories over Joe Lauzon, Joe Stevenson, and Roger Huerta), Florian is peaking at the right time for his second shot at the belt.

Currently sporting the longest consecutive win streak in UFC history at nine, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (24-4) has also tied the organization record for most consecutive successful title defenses at five, beating the likes of Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Patrick Cote, and Thales Leites along the way. But the 34-year old native of Curitiba, Brazil is not satisfied yet, so he is tackling the light heavyweight division once again on August 8th, and if his first 205-pound bout -- a 61 second knockout of James Irvin last July.

The winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter and a man credited by many as one of the reasons for the explosion of MMA in the United States following that TUF finale bout in 2005, Forrest Griffin (16-5) isn’t a fighter who will take credit for such achievements -- he just wants to fight, and with UFC wins over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua under his belt, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has more than proved himself in the Octagon. On August 8th, the 30-year old Griffin looks to fight his way back into the title picture after his loss to Rashad Evans last December, and there’s no better way for him to do that than by handing Anderson Silva his first UFC loss.

"Anderson Silva is the pound for pound best fighter in the world. He’s so good that he demands a serious challenge, someone who can push the pace and make him fight," said White. "To me, nobody fits the bill more than former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. Anderson is tremendously skilled but he’s going up a weight class and Forrest is a huge light heavyweight - this is going to be a war."

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