The UFC has confirmed the headline bouts for UFC 107 which will take place in Tennessee on Saturday 12th December. The main event in the evening will be a lightweight title clash between BJ Penn and Diego Sanchez.
“I can’t wait to defend the title,” Penn said. “I know what kind of competitor Diego Sanchez is and I am training very hard. This will be a good test.”
Diego Sanchez also appears to be relishing the prospect of facing Penn. “I’ve always wanted to face the best,” Sanchez said. “I’ve worked so hard for this and now I finally have a shot at the title. I’m training like I’ve never trained before and I expect an all-out war.”
Elsewhere on the card Frank Mir will look to bounce back from a secon round TKO defeat to Brock Lesnar when he faces Cheik Kongo in a heavyweight match-up.
“Cheick Kongo is one of the best strikers in the UFC,” Mir said. “I’m coming off a loss and I definitely want to get back on the road to the title. I think this will be a difficult challenge.”
It is likely to be a difficult evening for Kongo who’s weakness on the ground was again exposed in his last performance, a decision loss to Cain Valazquez, and will struggle to compete with one of the divisions top submission specialists. Three TKO victories in his past four fights will however give him confidence that he can end the match on his feet if given an opportunity.
“In the UFC, you can’t take any opponents lightly,” Kongo said. “But when you face a former champion such as Frank Mir, you’re expecting one of the toughest fights of your career. It’s going to be a classic.”
Another fighter looking to get back to winning ways after a loss to Georges St. Pierre in his previous fight is Thiago Alves. Having reacked up seven consecutive wins prior to his defeat to the current welterweight champion Alves still poses a serious threat which his next opponent, Paulo Thiago, will be well aware of.
After defeating Josh Koscheck in his octagon debut, Thiago lost a unanimous decision to Jon Fitch at UFC 100 which broke his 11 fight win streak. A win against the highly regarded Alves would be a timely boost for the Brazilian.