UFC's first show of 2008 will take place in Newcastle, England - and the year will start off in explosive fashion as "The Prodigy" BJ Penn faces Joe "Daddy" Stevenson for the Interim World Lightweight Championship. Plus, two powerful heavyweight forces will collide when Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga returns to the Octagon to take on submission expert Fabricio Werdum. UFC 80: RAPID FIRE
BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson went to battle for the vacant title in the Lightweight division at UFC 80. Penn looked to finally capture that elusive 155 lb crown while Stevenson was on a mission to be the second TUF alumni to hold a belt.
Wilson Gouveia and Jason Lambert have battled successfully on the fringe of the top ten rankings, with seven impressive UFC wins between them. Now one of these light heavyweights will make the move from prospect to contender.
The fighting pride of Stockholm, Sweden, Per Eklund goes full throttle when the bell rings, much like his race car driving namesake. He's won 5 of 7 fights, and now he goes against the "Hands of Stone" Sam Stout who's now one of Canada's top young stars.
A battler with 8 years of pro mma under his belt, Michigan’s James Lee came up the hard way in the sport, but next for the 34-year old submission master is his long-awaited debut with Italy's Alessio Sakara, who's recent wins over Sinosic and Valimaki.
Paul Taylor and Paul Kelly wasted no time as both fighters were swinging for an early knock out in front a packed house in England at UFC® 80. In a back and forth battle, neither fighter was going to back down and they ended up giving the UK crowd exactly what it came to see, a great fight.
Antoni Hardonk left fight fans in awe after his knockout win of Sherman Pendergarst in his UFC debut, the 6'4, 245 lb Hardonk looks for a bang against Belfast's Colin Robinson, who's coming off a rough bout with Eddie Sanchez, but looks to bounce back.