by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday confirmed the final lineup for UFC 107, which takes place Dec. 12 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. The event airs live on pay-per-view at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST.
Eleven total bouts will grace the card in the UFC’s first trip to the Volunteer State.
A lightweight title match between champion BJ Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez headlines. Penn, 30, is defending his title for the third time after stopping Kenny Florian at UFC 101. Sanchez, 27, has won four straight fights since dropping to the 155lb. class, defeating perennial tough-guy Clay Guida in June at the Ultimate Fighter season nine finale.
In the co-main event of the evening, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir faces off with Cheick Kongo. Mir, 30, fell short in a bid to regain his title against current champion (and nemesis) Brock Lesnar at UFC 100, losing by TKO in the second round. Kongo, 34, is also coming off a loss, having failed to stop the rise of powerhouse Cain Velasquez at UFC 99 in June. The native Frenchman has always been considered a threat in the division, though his lack of ground game has separated him from the top of the division.
The main card also features the return of former heavyweight contender Paul Buentello, who amassed a 6-1 record since his first run inside the Octagon. He faces Swedish hightower Strefan Struve.
Here is the full card for UFC 107…
BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez
Frank Mir vs. Cheick Kongo
Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida
Paul Buentello vs. Stefan Struve
Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia
Matt Wiman vs. Shane Nelson
Johny Hendricks vs. Ricardo Funch
Rousimar Palhares vs. Lucio Linhares
DaMarques Johnson vs. Edgar Garcia
Kevin Burns vs. TJ Grant