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Penn vs Fitch at UFC 127

bhorrrr2010-12-14 02:54:41 +0000 #1


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – On the heels of BJ Penn's quick and decisive win over Matt Hughes at UFC 123 on Saturday night, UFC president Dana White said he's already picked Penn's next opponent.

After the post-fight press conference, White told a small group of reporters that Penn will stay at welterweight and will next face Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia, on February 26.

"I already made the fight," White said. "Him and Fitch in Sydney."

That's a new opponent for Fitch, who was expected to face Jake Ellenberger at UFC 126 on Feb. 5. Since losing a decision to welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87, Fitch has won five straight – all unanimous decisions.

White, though, said the Fitch-Penn fight is not necessarily a top contenders fight for the welterweight title.

"If BJ beats Fitch, if Fitch beats BJ, they're both in the mix," White said.

Penn handed Hughes the quickest knockout loss of his career, ending the fight in just 21 seconds. Penn snapped a two-fight skid with the win – both losses to lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The loss was Hughes' first since UFC 85, ending a three-fight winning streak.

Though Penn had said leading up to the fight against Hughes that he had designs on going back and forth between lightweight and welterweight, at the post-fight press conference he said he would put that call in White's hands.

And White said he prefers Penn at 170 pounds right now.

"BJ Penn comes in and and looks like the absolute world beater, best pound-for-pound in the world, and the next fight he doesn't – you just don't know," White said. "I can tell you this – he looks better at 170 than he does at 155. The BJ Penn that walked into the Octagon tonight reminds me of the BJ Penn of old."

UFC 127 is expected to take place at the Acer Arena in Sydney. Bouts already likely for the card include Carlos Condit vs. Chris Lytle, Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera and, also announced at the UFC 123 press conference, Australia native George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver.

This was in the press conference thread, but a fight like this obviously needs its own thread.

BJ wanted a quick turnaround (I would, too if I trained 4 months for a 30 second fight), and he's getting one. Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in February. This isn't the Super Bowl card, it's the one after it.

I think Dana and Joe are desperately hoping for another BJ domination so they can finally get Jon Fitch away from a title shot and possibly up to MW.

I kinda love the matchup. There's long been talk about the fact that BJ might be the best LW (we know that's not true, now) and second best WW in the world at the same time. Now, we find out for sure. It's also a fresh matchup and one that will probably cause a permanent change in one of these two guys' careers. I'm lovin' it.

But I want it to be 5 rounds.

Best80smovieRAD2010-12-14 03:10:11 +0000 #2
Fitch is going to win and make this Hughes win look meaningless like it should
thehughes12010-12-14 03:37:32 +0000 #3
I like this fight. Very cool
Best80smovieRAD2010-12-14 03:18:51 +0000 #4
i guess this card wont be free on spike now
BruceLee2010-12-14 04:33:23 +0000 #5
Fitch is very long and tall (6-1) and is a big WW. I guess it will be interesting to see but I think the WW are really huge now and BJ could really get hurt from someone like Thiago Alves, Koscheck, etc.
warwagon2010-12-14 03:59:38 +0000 #6
BJ could get hurt? I don't think Kos could hurt BJ and I wouldn't rule against BJ winning that fight. BJ fought Machida at 205. so i think he'd be ok. im not saying he'd necessarily win, but I wouldn't say he couldn't either.



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