All drug tests came back clean for the fighters at “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez”. Only four of the 22 fighters on the card were randomly selected for drug screening. ProMMA.info (www.promma.info) received notice today from the Tennessee State Athletic Commission’s Executive Director, Jeff Mullen, that B.J. Penn, Diego Sanchez, Jon Fitch, and Mike Pierce … Read more
Here is Dana White’s fight night video blog from “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 12. Dana makes his last minute rounds before the fights, greeting all the fighters, and wishing them luck. And then he makes the rounds again after the fights, to congratulate the winners and console the losers.
Finally, at the post-fight press conference, donning a “TW” hat pulled down over his eyes, the UFC President has a special message for the Tiger Woods critics out there… “Leave Tiger alone.” Previous Dana White UFC 107 video blog from the weigh-ins after the jump…
Here are our exclusive photos from “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” in Memphis, Tenn. Most of the photos are from the post-fight press conference. Kenny Florian, Frank Mir, Jon Fitch, and Stefan Struve were the first fighters to arrive at the presser. And after some time, lightweight champion B.J. Penn came in carrying his championship belt.
It was Penn’s birthday (12-13-78), and what a way to celebrate, by defending his title in one of the best performances of his career. Penn’s mother and family were at the presser to support their champion.
UFC President Dana White looked a bit odd wearing a ball cap, but it was a Tiger Woods hat to show his support for the golfer. White said that people needed to leave Tiger alone, that what he does in private is his own business. PHOTO GALLERY AFTER THE JUMP (click pics to enlarge)…
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Alan Belcher, Wilson Gouveia, T.J. Grant and DaMarques Johnson each earned $65 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” event.
Belcher and Gouveia both took home “Fight of the Night” honors, while Johnson cashed in on his fight ending triangle choke earning him the “Submission of the Night” bonus and T.J. Grant swung his way to the”Knockout of the Night” award.
Despite being on the under card, Belcher used the inspiration from his many family and friends in attendance to stand in the pocket and deliver an action packed performance versus Wilson Gouveia. Belcher came out on top with the TKO stoppage in the first round, earning himself a cool $65k bonus for his part in the night’s “Fight of the Night.”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” was the second visit for the UFC to the state of Tennessee and the first visit by the organization to the city of Memphis, with a reported 13,896 fans packed into the FedExForum. UFC president Dana White reported the attendance numbers at the event’s post-fight press conference … Read more
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Never lacking in self confidence, Diego Sanchez was hoping for a passing of the guard coming into his title shot with UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn. The chants of “YES!” were there, as were the mean mugs, but all of the scary faces in the world could not save Sanchez from the brutal, lopsided beating that he received from Penn.
Penn used his superior boxing skills and hand speed to consistently punish the very game Sanchez throughout the five championship rounds of the bout. When Penn wasn’t landing big shots and counter left hooks, he was easily defending “Nightmare’s” best attempts of getting the fight to the ground.
It appeared early on, that the fight might not even make it out of the first round. As Sanchez looked to get his range, Penn stepped in and dropped Sanchez with a right hand. Penn was looking for the finish, unleashing a barrage of punches as the referee watched closely.
ProMMA.info is on the scene for “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” at the FedEX Forum in Memphis, Tenn. Headlining tonight’s event is UFC lightweight champion B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn defending his title against number one contender Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez.
Other bouts on the card include former heavyweight champion Frank Mir taking on dangerous striker Cheick Kongo, and lightweight prospect Kenny Florian will battle the ever tenacious Clay Guida. Also, welterweights Jon Fitch and Mike Pierce will tangle, as well as Paul Buentello and Stefan Struve in a heavyweight showdown..
•T.J. Grant def. Kevin Burns by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (4:57)
•Damarques Johnson def. Edgar Garcia by submission (triangle choke) Rd1 1 (4:03)
•Rousimar Palhares def. Lucio Linhares by submission (heel hook) Rd 2 (3:21)
•Johny Hendricks def. Ricardo Funch by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
•Matt Wiman def. Shane Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•Alan Belcher def. Wilson Gouveia by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:03)
•Stefan Struve def. Paul Buentello by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
•Kenny Florian def. Clay Guida by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (2:19)
•Jon Fitch def. Mike Pierce by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Frank Mir def. Cheick Kongo by submission (guillotine) Rd 1 (1:12)
•B.J. Penn def. Diego Sanchez by TKO (doctor stoppage-cut) Rd 5 (2:37)
Join Brian and Mike Saturday December 12 at 5:30 PM ET for a special edition of The Cageside Beat, brought to you by the ProMMA.info Radio Network. Brian and Mike will be doing a special preview show for tonight’s UFC 107 event. This episode is brought to you by Silver Star, clothes for breaking the … Read more
Although the UFC’s live stream video player failed once again, our friends at the FedEX Forum in Memphis tweeted us the weigh-in results. There were chants in the audience of “Fix the scales!” as most of the fighters seemed to be coming in at least 1⁄2-1lb. over weight on their first attempt.
As expected, the face-off between main event fighters B.J. Penn and Diego Sanchez was intense. Penn, who is the UFC light heavyweight champion, will be looking to defend his title against what many consider his toughest lightweight opponent to date.
Sanchez, the challenger, was asked to say a few words after the two weighed in and stared each other in the eyes. Sanches simply stated, “Destiny baby! One word. Destiny!”
UFC 107 weigh-in results:
•B.J. Penn (155) vs. Diego Sanchez (156)
•Frank Mir (264.5) vs. Cheick Kongo (239)
•Kenny Florian (156) vs. Clay Guida (156)
•Paul Buentello (255) vs. Stefan Struve (247)
•Jon Fitch (171) vs. Mike Pierce (171)
•Alan Belcher (195) vs. Wilson Gouveia (193)***
•Shane Nelson (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156)
•Johny Hendricks (171)^ vs. Ricardo Funch (171)^^
•Rousimar Palhares (186) vs. Lucio Linhares (185)
•Damarques Johnson (171)** vs. Edgar Garcia (173)*
•Kevin Burns (171) vs. T.J. Grant (171)
As has become the custom for every UFC event, you will be able to watch today’s “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” fighter weigh-ins taking place at the FedEX Forum in Memphis, Tenn. in a live video stream here at ProMMA.info beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
UFC 107 features a lightweight title fight between champion B.J. Penn and number one contender Diego Sanchez. Other fights on the card include Frank Mir vs. Cheick Kongo, Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida, Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce, and Paul Buentello vs. Stefan Struve.
Stay tuned to ProMMA.info for all your “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” coverage, including a live play-by-play Saturday night, followed by post-fight press conference coverage, and more. A RECORDING OF THE UFC 107 WEIGH-INS IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AFTER THE JUMP…