UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn will be defending his strap against top contender Diego Sanchez in the night’s main event. Once again, The Hawaiian looked dominant in his last outing at UFC 101 where he submitted Kenny Florian in the 4thRound of their scrap with a sick rear-naked.
Penn has rolled off four straight in the 155-pound class, all ending in violent finishes.
Speaking of four in a row, Sanchez has been perfect since dropping down to Penn’s division. He squeaked out a close split decision over Clay Guida at “The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale” in his last Octagon appearance to earn top contender status, however he will have to come with a game he’s yet to display if he intends to dethrone the champ.
No knock on Diego … there’s just nobody in the world that has shown the MMA skills to take Penn’s title at that lightweight. However, Sanchez is a competitor and will come with it, so BJ needs to have his cardio in check once again.
Here are the other fighters rumored to be participating in the pay-per-view broadcast:
Kevin Burns vs. T.J. Grant
Edgar Garcia vs. DaMarques Johnson
Rousimar Palhares vs. Lucio Linhares
Ricardo Funch vs. Johny Hendricks
Shane Nelson vs. Matt Wiman
Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia
Paul Buentello vs. Stefan Struve
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida
Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce
Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir
Diego Sanchez vs. BJ Penn (UFC Lightweight Champion)