Japanese demigod Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi (31-5) could face Kenny Florian (12-4) in his UFC debut. The Shooto/Sengoku/PRIDE veteran is the UFC’s newest addition to their 155-pound lightweight division.
UFC President Dana White confirmed Gomi’s addition to the promotion Friday on his video blog. And ESPN’s MMA Live, for whom Florian works, Tweeted on Saturday, “It looks like Gomi will fight Ken-Flo in his UFC debut!”
White would not yet confirm the match-up between Florian and Gomi. When asked at the UFC 108 post-fight press conference if Florian would be Gomi’s debut fight he said, “Could be. There’s a lot of guys that could fight Gomi in that division. I don’t know.”
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)
The ProMMA.info core staff has come together again to bring you our picks for “UFC 107: Penn vs. Florian”, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at the FedEX Forum in Memphis, Tenn. Take a look as we cover the main card fights one by one, from the main event between lightweight champion B.J. Penn and Diego Sanchez, to the heavyweight match-up between returning UFC veteran Paul Buentello, taking on the up-and-coming submission specialist Stefan Struve.
Stick with us at ProMMA.info throughout the remainder of the week as we bring you a live stream of the UFC 107 weigh-ins on Friday, then a live ringside play-by-play of the entire event (including the preliminary card) Saturday night, followed by a live stream of the post-fight press conference. Read our UFC 107 staff picks after the jump…