Follow Diego as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career. At UFC 107 Diego will face BJ Penn for the lightweight title. In the above video, which is Diego’s second blog for UFC 107, we get to tag along as Diego goes to the doctor, the fish market, the gym, then it’s back to the hotel for rest and relaxation as fight time draws one day closer.
The “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” pre-fight press conference took place Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.
The press conference was in anticipation of Saturday’s UFC 107 card which will take place at the FedEX Forum in Memphis and is headlined with a UFC lightweight title fight between champion B.J. Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez.
In the co-main event, former UFC heavyweight champion and grappling specialist Frank Mir takes on devastating striker Cheick Kongo.
Kicking off the press conference was Steve Zito, Senior Vice President of Operations at the FedEX Forum in Memphis. Zito spoke about how great it was to have the UFC come to Memphis for the first time “I can not tell you how happy I am to be standing here today. Over three years ago we watched many MMA events by-pass Tennessee because it was illegal. We knew of the incredible potential of this sport in Tennessee and Memphis because of our previous successes with major boxing events.”
Watch the “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” pre-fight press conference, which took place Noon on Thursday at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. It is the first UFC event to ever be held in Memphis, and only the second UFC event to ever be held in the state of Tennessee.
Those participating in the pre-fight press conference include: Dana White – UFC President, Jeff Mullen -Exec Director of Tennessee Commission, BJ Penn – UFC Lightweight Champion, Diego Sanchez – UFC #1 Lightweight Contender, Frank Mir – Former Heavyweight Champion, and Cheick Kongo.
Stay tuned to ProMMA.info for all your “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez” coverage, including a live play-by-play Saturday night. Watch the press conference as well and pre-fight interviews after the jump…
“Countdown to UFC 107” takes a look at the Dec. 12 lightweight title fight between champion B.J. Penn and Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez. Penn’s strength and conditioning training has been taken to a whole new level, and he looks to be in what could very well be the best shape of his life. Penn does … Read more
B.J. Penn and Diego Sanchez fielded questions from the media on today’s UFC 107 conference call in anticipation of their lightweight title bout taking place this weekend at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
Sanchez earned his title shot after moving to the lightweight division at the beginning of 2009, then defeating top contenders Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida. It will be Penn’s third lightweight title defense.
Here is the audio of today’s call and there are some notable quotes after the jump.
UFC 107 call – B.J. Penn & Diego Sanchez (audio):
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