MMA  > General MMA  > Fitch Injured, Out of UFC 132 Rematch with Penn
March 31, 2011, 09:13 AM
From Sherdog...

Although still three months away, Jon Fitch has been forced to pull out of his scheduled July 2 rematch with B.J. Penn at UFC 132 after suffering an injury in training. confirmed Fitch???s withdrawal with a source close to the situation on Wednesday afternoon. first reported the injury.

No further information was available regarding the nature or severity of the welterweight???s injury.

Fitch and Penn???s first meeting at February???s UFC 127 in Sydney yielded a contentious majority draw despite a dominant final round which saw the former Purdue Boilermaker mash Penn on the mat. The rematch was set to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Fitch, 33, has been a dominant staple in the UFC 170-pound division since joining the promotion in 2005. The American Kickboxing Academy has emerged victorious in 13 of his 15 Octagon outings, drawing only with Penn and losing only to current welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre.
March 31, 2011  09:13 AM ET

Question is: Who should BJ fight then?

March 31, 2011  10:39 AM ET

Thats a good question, I know Carlos Condit is injured. Diego San would be interesting. I think Kos is still out recovering. Amir is another guy that comes to mind. Hendricks or Johnson would also be interesting matchup.

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March 31, 2011  11:54 AM ET

What about Nick Diaz? This could be the first cross over fight.

March 31, 2011  12:02 PM ET

Fitch is running scared. What a loser. Penn vs Condit makes the most sense. Or Penn vs Alves. Penn will not want to face a low profile fighter. Has to be a big name.

I would like to see Condit or Kos fight Penn. Alves would be good if BJ doesnt take the fight to the ground.

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March 31, 2011  03:31 PM ET

would be a good fight. but where does it leave BJ? would this be for the #1 contender or just to wait for Fitch?

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March 31, 2011  09:22 PM ET

Question is: Who should BJ fight then?

Kampmann. I would like that fight.

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April 1, 2011  09:40 AM ET

Kampmann is my 2nd choice. 1st is Condit. And BJ would wreck either one.

On the first rounds maybe... but I am weary of the size discrepancy...
BJ's cardio is already suspect (he did get tired on third round and thus was dominated)

If BJ Can't end the fight (which I don't think he can), his fights will have to be win 1st & 2nd anf pray they don't stop him on 3rd...

April 1, 2011  10:56 AM ET

who cares, penn is washed up and has already shown he can't handle either of the champs in his two possible weight classes. kinda sucks for fitch tho as I had no doubt he was gonna dominate the rematch....penn-koscheck makes sense to me if josh is ready. battle of the big mouthed crybabies

April 1, 2011  11:14 AM ET

battle of the big mouthed crybabies

LOL, I don't think he's washed up. But I love the fight name you gave for Kos & BJ! :)

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April 1, 2011  11:33 AM ET

Based on the fact that Fitch is a better fighter and won't be taken by surprise by Penn shooting in a the fight progressed Fitch became more and more comfortable and confident to the point that he was absolutely dominating Penn in the third. If that fight had of been a 5 round match up I don't see Penn surviving a fourth round. Now that Fitch has gained that comfort and confidence against Penn I think he would be better equipped to attack Penn aggressively in a rematch and impose his will for the entire fight. I know Edgar sure looked better in his second fight with Penn...
Oh and remind me again, the first fight was a MAJORITY decision for which fighter?

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