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BJ Penn retains UFC lightweight championship

BJ Penn Vs. Diego Sanchez (in red) BJ Penn Vs. Diego Sanchez (in red)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - BJ Penn retained his UFC lightweight championship Saturday night with a fifth-round TKO of Diego Sanchez in the main event of UFC 107.

Referee Herb Dean, with the advice of the ringside doctor, stopped the fight at 2:37 of the round after a Penn kick caught Sanchez, opening a gaping gash above the challenger's left eye.

Penn, who is undefeated at 155 pounds for the past eight years, methodically attacked Sanchez through the first four rounds, mainly with punches and defending against Sanchez's attempts to take out the champion's legs.

In the semifinal, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir made quick work of Cheick Kongo, winning by submission with 1:12 gone in the opening round. It was Mir's first fight since losing the championship to Brock Lesnar in July.

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