UFC 107 delivered in big ways this past Saturday night but it was the main event which likely blew most of us away. After Mir’s embarrassment of Cheick Kongo (which I had a feeling about) and Kenflo submitting The Carpenter, fans geared themselves up to see champ BJ Penn go to work against challenger Diego Sanchez.
To say “The Prodigy” turned in a great fight would be an understatement. His brilliance against Sanchez is already being considered by many (Mike Goldberg being one) as his best performance at 155 lbs.
Penn stuffed every, yes every, take-down attempt from his opponent with other-worldly balance. Penn delivered punishing jabs and uppercuts in return to telegraphed 1-2s. Penn even displayed the dangerous leg kicks he’s capable of when the time is right, which eventually ended the fight with a horrific cut to the forehead. Penn utterly dominated Sanchez from bell to finish and has clearly separated himself from the lightweight pack, by miles.
The question now is not in BJ’s strength and condition, it is about who is left to give this MMA great a formidable challenge at 155 lbs. The UFC’s lightweight division is full of gamers with good records but Diego was widely believed to be the biggest thread to snaring the belt but well, we all saw how that went.