As always we like to highlight some key questions that will be answered during the course of tonights event at UFC 107.
1. How will BJ Penn’s cardio hold out if the fight goes into the later rounds?
It’s a question mark that always hangs over BJ Penn going into fights, but against the relentless pace of Diego Sanchez it may prove a bigger factor than normal.
2. Diego Sanchez has the drive and the determination to succeed, but does he truly have the skills at the elite level?
As impressive as Sanchez’s record is, he has never faced a champion. BJ Penn has suggested that he is an “over-achiever.” Tonight we will find out whether his assessment is correct.
3. How will Frank Mir cope if he can’t take Cheick Kongo down?
Despite conflicting reports of his strategy it’s clear that Mir will want to take this fight to the ground early. If he can’t do so, can he still survive and find a way to win against one of the division’s best strikers?
4. Will Cheick Kongo show improvement in his ground skills?
After looking lost in his last fight with Cain Velasquez when he was put on his back. Has he at least making an attempt to develop the weak points in his game since then? The answer may tell us much about whether Kongo can become a serious challenger in the upper reaches of the division.
5. What effect will a change of training camp have on Kenny Florian and Clay Guida?
Both fighters are looking to reinvent themselves after recent losses. Kenny Florian has been training at the Tri-Star gym with GSP’s trainer Firas Zahabi, while Guida went to Greg Jackson’s camp for this fight. Will either fighter show significant changes in their style or strategies in this bout as a result?
6. How good is Stefan Struve’s chin?
In Struve’s first fight in the UFC he was quickly TKO’d by Junior Dos Santos. Since then he has a couple of submission wins under his belt, but I still wonder about the quality of his stand-up and his chin. If his fight with Paul Buentello stays standing for any length of time we should get some answers.
7. Can Jon Fitch get an impressive victory inside the distance to put him back into title contention?
Despite holding one of the best winning records in the UFC, Jon Fitch is currently struggling to gain momentum for a second shot at the welterweight title. A string of decision victories are likely to blame for this, and so a decisive win inside the distance is high on Fitch’s wish list going into this fight.