After testing positive for steroids and losing an appeal (even though fine was reduced) Sean Sherk was stripped of his lightweight title. Fighting for the open lightweight title are BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson. The ppv will be airing live at 3pm EST, and again on tape delay 10pm EST. Here are the fights:
B.J. Penn (11-4) vs. Joe Stevenson (28-7)(for lightweight title)- After watching BJ's training on Countdown to UFC 80, I'm sure he can pull this win out. BJ is watching his diet, training like a cardio machine, and seeing the stretching demonstration made me think he has something coming for Stevenson. Stevenson is no slouch, but I just don't think he has the experience against A-level kind of competition. He seems to be a little too much in awe of BJ. Pick- Penn sub rd 3.
Gabriel Gonzaga (8-2) vs. Fabricio Werdum (9-3)- This is a big fight for both fighters as they are both coming off losses in big fights. Werdum is talking about ending the fight in the first round, but I don't see it happeneing. Pick- Gonzaga TKO rd 3.
Marcus Davis (13-3) vs. Jess Liaudin (12-8)- I would have liked to see Davis take on a legit title contender. Davis is riding a 10 fight win streak with 5 straight in the UFC. Liaudin has won 5 straight including 2 wins in the UFC. Pick- Davis KO rd 2.
Kendall Grove (8-4) vs. Jorge Rivera (14-6)- Both fighters are coming off losses. Pick- Grove TKO rd 3.
Jason Lambert (23-6) vs. Wilson Gouveia (9-4)- Lambert is coming off a huge win over Babalu, but that was last March. Gouveia has three wins in a row since his decision loss to Jardine. Pick- Gouveia wins by unanimous decision.
Antoni Hardonk (5-4) vs. Colin Robinson (9-3)- Robinson via submission rd. 2
Paul Kelly (6-0) vs. Paul Taylor (8-2)- Kelly via TKO rd. 3
James Lee (13-2) vs. Alessio Sakara (11-6)- Sakara via KO rd. 2.
Per Eklund (12-2) vs. Sam Stout (12-3)- Stout via unanimous decision. Interested to see how Eklund does, he has a four fight win streak with one win in Bodog.
BJ Penn pic from photobucket