by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Despite the loss of its “Ultimate Fighter” coaches grudge match between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has released a solid 11-bout roster for its Dec. 12 event in Memphis, Tenn.
UFC 107 at the FedEx Forum is headlined by a lightweight championship between current titleholder B.J. Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez. Shoring up the main card are a heavyweight bout between former champion Frank Mir and French kickboxer Cheick Kongo, as well as an exciting lightweight match-up between fan favorites Kenny Florian and Clay Guida.
Jackson and Evans were originally planned to headline UFC 107, which was scheduled for Memphis due to it being Jackson’s hometown. Jackson withdrew from the bout to accept the role of B.A. Baracus in the motion picture remake of the television series “The A-Team.” Currently in production, it is scheduled for release in June 2010.
The full UFC 107 fight card:
Main Bouts (on pay-per-view):
-B.J. Penn (14-5-1; #1 Lightweight) vs. Diego Sanchez (21-2; #10 Lightweight)
-Frank Mir (12-4; #3 Heavyweight)* vs. Cheick Kongo (14-5-1)
-Kenny Florian (11-4; #6 Lightweight) vs. Clay Guida (25-10)
-Jon Fitch (19-3; #2 Welterweight) vs. Mike Pierce (10-1)
-Todd Duffee (5-0) vs. Paul Buentello (27-10)
-Wilson Gouveia (18-6) vs. Alan Belcher (14-6)
-Shane Nelson (12-4) vs. Matt Wiman (10-5)
-Johny Hendricks (6-0) vs. Ricardo Funch (7-0)
-Rousimar Palhares (9-2) vs. Lucio Linhares (13-4)
-DaMarques Johnson (12-7) vs. Edgar Garcia (7-1)
-Kevin Burns (10-3) vs. T.J. Grant (14-3)