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Written by Jeff   
Thursday, 10 December 2009 13:14
UFC 107 will be held Saturday night in Memphis. There doesn't seem to be much hype surrounding it, but it's a pretty damn good card. Any time there's one of the best fighters in the history of MMA on a card, I automatically get more excited. While I'm not exactly a huge fan of BJ Penn's, I can't deny his greatness. His only losses have come from other former/past/current champions: Georges St. Pierre, Lyoto Machida, Matt Hughes & Jens Pulver. Penn is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. In fact, his last loss at this weight class was almost 8 years ago (to Pulver). Penn has defeated the likes of Hughes, Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Joe Stevenson, Pulver, Renzo Gracie & Takanori Gomi, Matt Sera & Caol Uno.

For this title fight, Penn will be taking on Diego Sanchez. Sanchez was a very good welterweight fighter, but recently dropped down to lightweight. Sanchez has an overall record of 21-2, and is 4-0 since moving down to lightweight. Sanchez's only losses came to Jon Fitch & Josh Koscheck; two very good fighters. And Sanchez has victories over Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, Florian, Nick Diaz, Karo Parisyan, Joe Riggs & John Alessio. I'm not saying Sanchez is nearly as good as GSP, but his similar size & strength could possibly pose a problem for Penn. When/if the fight goes to the ground, if Sanchez can avoid Penn's strong submission skills, there's a chance he can wear Penn out & really start to control the fight. In the end, I can't pick against Penn. He's just too good & too well-rounded. He'll retain his belt.

The next biggest fight on the card is between two heavyweights that are coming off tough losses: Frank Mir vs. Cheick Kongo. Mir's last time in the octagon he was completely destroyed by HW Champion, Brock Lesnar (whom avenged the only loss of his career). Kongo's last fight, he was dominated by Cain Velasquez. The analysis for this fight is pretty simple. If the fight goes to the ground, I don't see how Kongo will survive. And vice-versa, if Kongo can keep it standing, I don't see how Mir can survive. It's going to be an interesting clash of styles. I think Mir will be able to take Kongo down, where he'll most likely submit him.

The other two solid match-ups are Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida, and Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce. Florian & Guida is a very interesting fight, between two very successful & experienced fighters. Both of them are trying to work their way back into title contention. Florian is coming off a failed title shot against Penn. While Guida is coming of a split decision loss to Sanchez. This one has fight-of-the-night written all over it. I have no idea who's going to take it. I'm almost sure it'll go to a decision though.

Originally, Fitch was supposed to be taking on Thiago Alves. It would have been a rematch from their 2006 fight, in which Fitch was victorious. But Alves had to withdraw from the fight because of a knee injury. So Pierce stepped in to take his place. Pierce is a good, relatively young fighter, with some good wins, but I don't see how he's going to be able to hang with Fitch. Fitch has only lost once in the last 7 years; and that was to GSP last year. Pierce might be able to take Fitch the distance, but I don't see him winning this fight.

The remaining fights are as follows: Paul Buentello vs. Stefan Struve, Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia, Shane Nelson vs. Matt Wiman, Johny Hendricks vs. Ricardo Funch, Rousimar Palhares vs. Lucio Linhares, Damarques Johnson vs. Edgar Garcia, Kevin Burns vs. T.J. Grant. Overall, it's a very good card, and I'm really looking forward to it. If you check it out too, I hope you enjoy.
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