Posted on: December 13, 2009 12:04 am
Edited on: December 14, 2009 10:09 am
The lightweight title is on the line as champ BJ Penn defends against Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez.
Fellow UFC 155-pounder Nate Diaz just Twittered: "Diego Sanches (sic) is a f***in' weirdo..."
Round 1: Crowd is chanting for BJ. Sanchez moves in quickly with punches and Penn rocks him with a right hand that puts him on the canvas. Penn pounces on him with fists. Sanchez was out briefly but regained his senses, and is now on the bottom in the north-south position. Somehow, Sanchez scrambles back to his feet. They square off and Penn is being very patient. Sanchez rushes in with a knee that misses, while Penn counters with an uppercut that appears to stun Sanchez. Sanchez grapples Penn against the fence for a few seconds before they separate. Sanchez throws a head kick that gets blocked. Punch-kick combo by Sanchez misses. Sanchez throws hands, Penn dodges them and lands a countering jab. Sanchez shoots in for a takedown and can't complete it. Knee attempt by Sanchez misses. Penn staggers Sanchez with another countering right hand before the round ends. I'd call that a 10-8 round for Penn. Sanchez is in big trouble.
Round 2: Sanchez looks worried now. Sanchez comes forward and eats a jab. Sanchez misses an overhand right and shoots for a single leg takedown. They end up against the fence as Penn fights off the attempt. Sanchez with a quick left that Penn dodges and counters. Penn is so far ahead of Sanchez in terms of technical boxing ability and quickness of his hands. Body kick by Sanchez. Penn with a right. Sanchez throws a four-punch combo and only ends up landing a body shot. Sanchez misses on a left head kick and Penn tenderizes him with a fast sequence of fists. Penn with a straight right and a left. Sanchez lands a left-right combo. Sanchez shoots for a takedown. Penn throws body punches while defending the shot. The round ends, and it's 10-9 Penn.
Round 3: Sanchez misses a boxing combo and a head kick attempt is blocked by Penn. Sanchez shoots for a takedown and Penn stuffs it. Sanchez is getting a lot more tentative, and since Penn knows he'll catch him on a counter, he's just biding his time. Sanchez shoots for another takedown. Penn takes a plomb and throws a knee and a short elbow. Sanchez with a combo, but he only lands a leg kick at the end of it. Sanchez fights for a takedown but Penn just won't have it. End of the round. 10-9 Penn.
Round 4: Sanchez missed a head kick. Penn misses an uppercut. Sanchez uses a leg kick to set up a takedown attempt, but gets stuffed again. Penn with a nice straight right hand, followed by a left. Sanchez grapples Penn to the fence and they both land clean punches on the break. Penn with a pair of rights, which Sanchez dodges. Sanchez shoots in for a single leg. Penn hammers at him with punches while stuffing the shot. Sanchez throws a lunging right hand that misses, and eats a counterpunch. Single leg attempt by Sanchez. That Sanchez feels his best chance is to take a jiu-jitsu wizard like Penn to the mat is a testament to how well-rounded Penn really is. Penn lands a knee and a short right. Sanchez misses another lunging right and eats a soft counterpunch as the round ends. 10-9 Penn.
Round 5: Penn is very fired up for the final round, while Sanchez has a badly busted lip and a corner that keeps telling him to take Penn down. Head kick by Sanchez is blocked. Sanchez with a single leg attempt and the crowd jeers him loudly. Penn is reaching in for a switch reversal. Sanchez avoids that, but still can't finish the takedown. Penn connects with a head kick and a series of hard uppercuts. Sanchez ties him up with a takedown attempt, and gets stuffed. Sanchez's face is pouring blood after another couple of fists from Penn. Referee Herb Dean calls for the doctor to check the cut, and it's all over. That, my friends, is a dominating win by a truly elite fighter.
Winner: BJ Penn defeats Diego Sanchez via TKO due to a cut stoppage at 2:37 of Round 5 to retain his lightweight title.
Sanchez looks like he got hit by a bus.
Posted on: December 11, 2009 5:04 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2009 5:25 pm
I'll be doing a round-by-round live blog of Saturday's UFC 107, headlined by a UFC lightweight title defense pitting champ BJ Penn vs. Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez. The blog will begin shortly before 10 p.m. ET for Saturday's event, which emanates from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
Everyone made weight for the show. There are some very interesting fights on the main card:
BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez (UFC lightweight title bout)
Frank Mir vs. Cheick Kongo (265)
Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce (170)
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida (155)
Paul Buentello vs. Stefan Struve (265)
Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia (195 catchweight bout)
Matt Wiman vs. Shane Nelson (155)
Johny Hendricks vs. Ricardo Funch (170)
Rousimar Palhares vs. Lucio Linhares (185)
DaMarques Johnson vs. Edgar Garcia (170)
Kevin Burns vs. T.J. Grant (170)
Be sure to check back on Saturday at roughly 9:45 p.m. ET for the start of our UFC 107 live blog.
Posted on: October 13, 2008 8:38 pm
UFC announced Monday night that Diego Sanchez has been forced to pull out of his fight against Thiago "Pitbull" Alves at UFC 90 on Oct. 25 due to torn rib cartilage. Replacing Sanchez in the fight will be none other than "The Nightmare's" arch rival, Josh Koscheck.
The official word from the UFC press release:
Las Vegas NV (USA) – Welterweight contender Diego Sanchez has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 90 bout against Thiago Alves due to torn rib cartilage, but the October 25th co-feature bout is not lost, as standout 170-pounder Josh Koscheck has stepped up to face Brazil’s “Pitbull” in an equally intriguing welterweight matchup.
“There is nothing worse than having a great fight and then having one of the fighters drop out at the last second,” said UFC President Dana White. “But the one thing the UFC has proven time and time again is our ability to replace fights with ones as good as or better than the original fight, and we’ve done it again with the highly-ranked Josh Koscheck stepping up to replace Diego Sanchez against welterweight wrecking machine Thiago Alves. Hats off to Josh and Thiago, as not many fighters would agree to a matchup this tough on such short notice.”
Koscheck is a more than suitable replacement, especially on less than two weeks notice. Sanchez vs. Alves was a very intriguing bout, and a chance for Sanchez to climb back to where he was before a loss to Koscheck last year set him back in the welterweight pecking order. Sanchez has to be very disappointed to lose this opportunity, and it probably stings a bit more that Koscheck is stealing his thunder one more time.
Koscheck is a very tough test for Alves, who most recently defeated Matt Hughes at UFC 85 in June. On paper, it's easy to call this a classic grappler vs. striker contest, but Koscheck's striking is somewhat underrated. He's a lot more well-rounded than he gets credit for.
Posted on: March 1, 2008 9:38 pm
We're going to have live round-by-round coverage of UFC 82 tonight starting shortly after 10 p.m. ET. Right now, four of the undercard bouts are over with. Here are the results:
Also during the undercard, Mark Coleman was inducted as the fifth member of the UFC Hall of Fame and gave a tearful speech. Coleman joins Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn and Randy Couture in the UFC's Hall of Fame.
We'll be back with the last of the undercard results and round-by-round coverage of the five main broadcast fights soon. (Each fight will have its own entry, so be sure to refresh the link to the actual blog and not the link to any one entry, or you may miss the updates.)