UFC 107 comes to us live, this Saturday night, December 12th. It features several big fights, and will be an amazing card. The UFC is looking to go out of 2009 with a bang. Before I dive into this event’s fight card, I wanna talk about the Ultimate Fighter 10 finale from this past Saturday really quick. Kimbo Slice beat Houston Alexander in his UFC debut, and actually looked like a real fighter. Roy “Big Country” Nelson took the UFC contract with a knockout in the championship fight and looks to make a run at the UFC Heavyweight title in the near future. TUF 11 coaches were also announced, Chuck Liddel and his archrival Tito Ortiz will coach the fighters next season. That is a huge announcement, and it will provide for a lot of fun shows when that season starts. As for UFC 107…
A quick look at the under card shows a group of up and coming fighters that are looking to make a splash. In the first fight of the night we will see Kevin “The Fire” Burns take on TJ Grant. This will be an exciting fight, Keven Burns has really been impressive early on in his UFC career. The under card matchup I am most excited to see is Alan “The Talent” Belcher against Wilson Gouveia. Belcher is a really good young fighter, he is only 25 and has 18 career fights under his belt. He is a tremendous athlete and can submit his opponent from many different positions and also has good knockout power. His opponent, Gouveia, is also a good technician and submission artist, however, the majority of his losses have come by TKO, so Belcher could use his power to his advantage. Belcher is a up and coming fighter, that could make a big impact with this win and start moving up the ranks of the UFC.
Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello (25-10) vs. Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve (22-3)
– The 21 year old Dutch giant stands at 6’11 and has an impressive 22-3 record for such a young fighter. He takes on Buentello who is an MMA veteran at 35 with 35 fights under his belt, is an extremely powerful puncher and is quick for a 235 pound guy. However, he might have to jump up to hit Struve in the head, and with the youngster’s submission and kickboxing skills he has the upper hand. I think Struve lands a TKO in the 2nd round. This is also my pick for KO of the Night.
Kenny “KenFlo” Florian (13-4) vs Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (25-7)
-This will be a very competitive and well fought bout. These two lightweights both have aspirations at the 155 pound title that currently is held by BJ Penn. Florian was the last challenger to that belt and lost by submission when Penn choked him out in the 4th round. He has a 3 inch height advantage over the talented and aggressive Guida. Guida’s last fight was a split decision loss to Diego Sanchez earlier this year. This one is a very close fight, and I think the winner of it will get a shot at either Penn or Sanchez and that Lightweight title. Guida wins the split decision after a very close and hard to call fight.
Jon Fitch (23-3-0, 1NC) vs. Mike Pierce (9-2)
– Jon Fitch is a great fighter, as is his opponent Pierce. Pierce specializes in the ground and pound and gets in good position with excellent takedown skills, Fitch on the other hand is a world class wrestler and has won 10 of his last 11 fights. Fitch’s one loss was a unanimous decision loss to Georges St. Piere, in a title fight, in which he was truly out matched. Pierce is 2-0 in the UFC and has looked good thus far. However, Fitch is one of the best conditioned fighters and wears down his opponents, even though he is a wrestler he can stand the fight up as well and win that way. Fitch wins in a split decision.
Frank Mir (12-4) vs. Cheick Kongo (24-5-1)
– If there was no title fight this would be a headlining fight. Both fighters are coming off of tough losses, Mir lost to Brock Lesnar and Kongo lost to Cain Valazquez. This is a must win fight for Mir if he is looking to get a title shot in 2010, if Lesnar gets healthy enough to fight again. Kongo will prove to be a challenge for Mir, but Kongo’s emphasis on standing up and striking could cost him as Mir is ever improving in that facet of his game and as we all know, is one of the best at submitting his opponents and is an elite heavyweight fighter. Kongo has a penchant for landing KO’s, but Mir doesn’t let himself get knocked out very often, unless he is fighting Brock when he has no choice. Mir wins by submission in the 2nd.
Lightweight (155 Pound) Title Fight:
BJ “The Prodigy” Penn (14-5-1) vs. Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez (23-2)
– I am ready to admit that this will be one helluva fight. Both of these guys are at the top of their game, Penn is one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, and seems to only lose to GSP, or Matt Hughes. Penn hasn’t lost in the 155 pound weightclass in 8 years. E-I-G-H-T!!!! Sanchez is looking to change that, and the younger, and more aggressive Sanchez might just do so. While everyone knows Penn doesn’t get knocked down or taken down much and when he gets you down will submit you in a heartbeat, you don’t get to see many fighters that are better grapplers then Sanchez. The Nightmare has won 4 in a row, and 10 of his last 12 in the UFC. A very impressive record in a very competitive lightweight class. Penn, however, is BJ Penn. This fight has the potential to go all 5 rounds, and if it does both of these guys have experience in long fights. Do not look for anyone to make a fatal mistake in this one, and they will be fighting right down to the very last second of the 5th round. Diego, The Nightmare, Sanchez stops BJ Penn’s 155 pound dominance, and takes the title in a split decision, the Fight of the Night, and probably the fight of the year!
So there you have it folks. One helluva UFC card. It will be fun to watch and jam packed with amazing fights. Tune in Saturday night, and send us your picks.