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7 thoughts on UFC 107

BJ Penn after his victory over Diego Sanchez

BJ Penn after his victory over Diego Sanchez at the UFC 107 post-fight press conference in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 12, 2009. Photo Credit: UFC Photo

Things that ran through my mind after digesting the events of UFC 107 in Memphis . . .

1) BJ Penn is still the man.

Is there anyone left for Penn to dismantle in the UFC's lightweight division? Answer that one honestly. Diego Sanchez was the No. 1 contender and Penn beat him all over the Octagon for five rounds. It's almost unfair to put Gray Maynard or Frankie Edgar in the cage with Penn right now.

2) Clay Guida is an old-school wrestler.

Remember the old days of WWE, back when it was called WWF? Every Saturday morning, they'd trot out the same thing to excite the crowd and give you two minutes of believing the upset of the big star could happen. That's Guida. He's exciting to watch fight because he's what you imagine life on 22 Red Bulls would be like. But can he really compete at lightweight in the UFC anymore? I'd like to see him bring that energy and crazy hair to the WEC.

3) Poor Cheick Kongo.

Kongo's weakness has always been his ground game, as Cain Velasquez exposed at UFC 99. Frank Mir exposed even more with his 72-second submission victory. Before the guillotine choke, Mir threw one punch and it dropped the 240-pound Frenchman. Kongo had shown tremendous potential with his three straight TKO victories before losing his last two fights.

4) Frank Mir can bang.

We all know Mir for sick jiu-jitsu skills and submission abilities. But as we saw in his heavyweight title victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92, he has power in those hands, too. Mir proved it again with that left-handed bomb he dropped on Kongo's jaw.

5) Time to stop bashing Stefan Struve.

Fightin' Words has had a tendency to cast aspersions on Struve when it comes to fighting in the Octagon. But the 21-year-old Dutchman is 3-1 in the UFC, 23-3 overall. He has steadily climbed from opening prelim bout to opening live card bout. How far can Struve go in the heavyweight division? Who knows, but watching the 6-foot-11 dude climb the ladder is becoming interesting.

6) Jon Fitch still good . . . and still boring

With his win over Mike Pierce, Fitch proved again that he's a top welterweight. And that the only way to watch his fights is on the first level of fast forward on your DVRs and TiVos. His last six fights have all gone the distance. C'mon, Fitch, finish someone. Please!

7) U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

Nice to see DaMarques Johnson get a win in his official UFC debut. You remember him as the most talented and most vocal member of Team USA on Season 9 of "The Ultimate Fighter." Expect to hear from Johnson in the welterweight division in 2010 and 2011.

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