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BJ Penn injured, pulls out of UFC 132

Best80smovieRAD2011-04-10 17:12:59 +0000 #1

Just one week after Jon Fitch pulled out of his UFC 132 rematch with BJ Penn, leaving the UFC looking for a new opponent for the Hawaiian great, Penn has now been forced out of the event as well.

The UFC has officially confirmed Penn's withdrawal to MMA Fighting. The possibilty was first reported by

Penn and Fitch both agreed to a rematch shortly after their UFC 127 main event fight in Australia finished in a draw.

The fight, though, never came close to coming off.

First, Fitch was forced out due to a shoulder injury, and while a few welterweights including Carlos Condit and Anthony Johnson voiced an interest in replacing him, now an undisclosed injury has also sidelined Penn. It remains unclear if the UFC will try to set up the rematch when both are medically clear.

UFC 132 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 2. In the main event, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz returns from a hand injury to defend his belt against longtime rival and No. 1 contender Urijah Faber.

Best80smovieRAD2011-04-10 17:28:46 +0000 #2

he like Fitch knows there is a chance GSP will leave the welterweight division and it means his fight with Fitch down the line could be for the vacant title
Tallica19812011-04-10 17:30:14 +0000 #3
UFC might need new TUF coaches after the Sonnen mess. this "injury" might set up for a fitch/BJ season.
bhorrrr2011-04-10 18:26:29 +0000 #4
Fitch-Penn TUF season?

Maybe it gives both guys a chance to heal, time for GSP to leave and it be declared for the welterweight title, ratings because of BJ and the title drama, and Fitch a chance to maybe gain a few fans with some personality/exposure?

Best80smovieRAD2011-04-10 18:55:39 +0000 #5

Originally Posted by Tallica1981

UFC might need new TUF coaches after the Sonnen mess. this "injury" might set up for a fitch/BJ season.

Fitch is too boring probably even for them to give him a TUF gig

After the Brock ratings, they will probably want people who can really get ratings going. I think Bisping with Mayhem replacing is a very real possibility
bhorrrr2011-04-10 19:08:38 +0000 #6

Never here enough anymore to contribute more than a few quick one-liners and now beaten to the punch when I was onto something!



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