Oct-14-2009, 01:22 AM #1
UFC 107 Official: BJ Penn v. Diego Sanchez
UFC 107 official for Dec. 12 in Memphis, Tenn.; Penn vs. Sanchez to headline
MMAjunkie.com Staff, MMAjunkie.com
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Just as Quinton "Rampage" Jackson told us all in July, the UFC is headed to Memphis, Tenn.
Of course, the former light heavyweight champ isn't going to be on the card.
Instead, UFC 107 will officially be headlined by a lightweight title fight between current champ, B.J. Penn (11-4-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC) and challenger Diego Sanchez (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC).
The UFC today officially announced the long-rumored "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez," which takes place Dec. 12 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
UFC president Dana White said he was looking forward to seeing each main-event fighter competing in the wight class in which they perform best.
"In this sport it sometimes takes years for fighters to find the weight class where they're at their best," White stated in today's official release. "I don't think there's any question that B.J. Penn and Diego Sanchez have finally found their homes at 155 pounds, making the UFC 107 main event a fight between the best Penn and Sanchez we've ever seen.
"B.J. hasn't lost in this weight class in years, and Diego has looked unstoppable in his lightweight fights, and when these two meet in the center of the octagon, it's going to make our first trip to Memphis one fight fans will never forget."
In addition to the evening's main event, the UFC also officially announced a heavyweight bout between former champ Frank Mir (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and French striker Cheick Kongo (14-5-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC), as well as a welterweight clash between Thiago Alves (16-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and Paulo Thiago (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
Tickets for "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" are set to go on sale to the general public on Oct. 24.
True to White's previous promises of adjusting live gate expectations to fit with the economies of various regions throughout the country, the organization has scaled back ticket prices for the event. Price points are set at $350, $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50.
The event's full card currently includes:
Champ B.J. Penn vs. Diego Sanchez (for lightweight title)
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida*
Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir
Thiago Alves vs. Paulo Thiago
Paul Buentello vs. Todd Duffee*
Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia*
Kevin Burns vs. T.J. Grant*
Ricardo Funch vs. Johny Hendricks*
Houston Alexander vs. TBA*
* - Not officially announced
For the latest on "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez," stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
That card looks kinda lackluster except for the main event.I'm a big fan of Sanchez,but I don't see him beating Penn.BJ is one tough mother****er.
Yeah, I pretty much agree with you....they've got pretty good big name fighters up and down the card but really there are only maybe three or four good match ups...but from that, only perhaps 2 or 3 that you really care about.