BJ Penn in the above video gets his neck cracked. WARNING: May make you cringe!
Here is former lightweight champion BJ Penn appearing on Fox News to promote his new book, “Why I Fight.”
Dana White in the above video mentions that fighters such as Chuck Liddell, GSP and BJ Penn will be getting their own branded gyms to help support them financially once they are done fighting.
BJ Penn is back in the gym training for his next opponent, Frankie Edgar. The fight is expected to happen at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi on April 10th. The bout has not yet been finalized nor has the event but Dana White has stated multiple times that Frankie Edgar will be the next challenger for the title.
The current UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn will defend his title against Diego Sanchez this December 12th in Memphis, TN.
Dana White, UFC President, today announced that the highly anticipated bout between lightweight champion BJ Penn and number one contender Diego Sanchez will take place this December in Memphis, TN.
Sanchez earned his title shot after defeating Clay Guida in a 3 round epic back at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale. At that moment though it was still unknown to Sanchez as to whether or not he would be having a rematch against Florian or a showdown with one of the greatest lightweight fighters ever in BJ Penn. After four rounds in the Octagon BJ Penn emerged victorious after applying a rear naked choke on Kenny Florian.
It was previously thought that this bout would end up being the main event for the UFC event to be held in Manchester, England, UFC 105. For some unknown reason (probably it’s fairly decent PPV draw) the UFC moved it onto the UFC 107 PPV which will take place in Memphis, TN this December 12th. The UFC 107 card is really taking shape right now here is the complete list of fights as it currently stands:
- BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez (Lightweight Championship)
- Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans (TUF 10 coach showdown)
- Frank Mir vs. Cheick Kongo
- Thiago Alves vs. Paulo Thiago
For the purpose of this article I will be using odds provided by Bodog. Due to the fact that these odds can change by the minute you should keep in mind that all up to date odds can be found on the Bodog Sportsbook website.
BJ Penn vs Kenny Florian
BJ Penn – -270
Kenny Florian – +210
Despite how close of a fight I felt this would be the bookies have it differently. For every one dollar you would want to win betting on Penn you would have to put $2.70 on. On the other hand though a nice $1 bet on Florian would garner you $2.10 if he was to win.
Since starting in the UFC’s lightweight division BJ Penn has pretty much dismantled and destroyed each of his opponents. The one big question over his head is how much he actually wants to win. Penn comes from a rich family and in the past has let his training regime slip because he can’t stay focused. If Penn was to pull off the win it would be great for him and would prove he is the greatest lightweight fighter in the world.
Kenny Florian has been through three weight divisions in the UFC and has now found his rightful place within the lightweights. It has been a long time coming but two weeks from now Florian will be fighting for the title and if he was to pull it off the wait would be worth it. Florian has been training with many top caliber fighters to prepare for the title fight including the last man to beat BJ Penn, Georges St. Pierre.
For me, purely based on the odds I would have to put my money on Kenny Florian RIGHT NOW. His odds on Bodog are looking too good right now and I feel that this is the best opportunity to bet on him. I believe that this bet is worth 5 units and could provide great return if Florian can get the better of Penn.
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UFC 101: BJ Penn Vs. Kenny Florian Preview
This is the first of monthly updated rankings put together by myself with the help of Jim Kammer. Although we didn’t agree on the placement of each fighter this is the closest I could make it. I will be adding a weight class each day so make sure you come back to check out the rest of the rankings. If you don’t agree with the placement of any of the fighters feel free to leave a comment below.
MMA Live’s Top 10 Lightweight’s
1) BJ Penn – Is there really a reason for BJ Penn not to be in the #1 spot? Not that I can think of. He has destroyed all lightweight opponents he has come up against. The only reason Penn could find himself lower down in the rankings is due to lack of fighting in the lightweight division. I guess all of that will come to an end though when BJ Penn will defend the UFC Lightweight crown against #2 Kenny Florian at UFC 101.
2) Kenny Florian – Florian is a great fighter and as mentioned above he will be getting his shot at the UFC lightweight championship this August. Since entering the UFC on a loss to Diego Sanchez at middleweight Kenny has found his fighting home to be in the lightweight division.
3) Eddie Alvarez – The first Bellator lightweight champion! Alvarez fought his way through a three round tournament over twelve weeks to win the title via a rear naked choke over inverse triangle innovator Tony Imada. Alvarez last lost a fight in 2008 to our #5 lightweight Shinya Aoki.
4) Diego Sanchez – Sanchez is just coming off a split decision win to over #7 ranked Clay Guida at the finale of the Ultimate Fighter Season 9. After defeating Guida Sanchez now believes he is ready to challenge for the UFC lightweight championship. I believe that win or lose at UFC 101 Diego Sanchez will be facing off against Kenny Florian for a second time.
5) Shinya Aoki – He is the WAMMA lightweight champion, but does that mean anything? Not at all. Aoki would be up around #2/3 right now if it had not been for his 27 second loss to Sakurai at DREAM 8.
6) Joachim Hansen – In his last fight he did beat #5 ranked Shinya Aoki but Hansen has not fought in close to a year. So Hansen would be higher, if he would actually fight.
7) Clay Guida – Just coming off a loss to #4 Diego Sanchez Guida sees himself sat at #7 on the inaugural MMA Live rankings. Guida is always an exciting fighter and one day we may see him as the lightweight champion.
Frankie Edgar – Frankie stunned everyone when he dismantled #10 Sean Sherk piece by piece. One day Edgar may also be a challenger for the UFC lightweight crown.
9) Gray Maynard – Still undefeated in his UFC ques, Maynard has defeated some decent fighters including #8 Frankie Edgar. His wins have not been as convincing recently to put him higher than Edgar.
10) Sean Sherk – Former champion Sean Sherk has had two losses in his last three fights. He has to get a win on his next time out or this could be the end of a great era for the “Muscle Shark.”
Outside top 10: