Thursday, Mar 31, 2011
Jon Fitch Injured, Out of UFC 132 Rematch with BJ Penn
By FCF Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed that welterweight contender Jon Fitch has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming July 2nd rematch with BJ Penn, due to an injury. No details regarding the injury, which postponed a fight still more than three months away, were given. It also remains to be seen whether or not the promotion will look to find Penn another opponent for UFC 132.
Fitch (23-3-1) and Penn met for the first time at UFC 127 on February 27th, and fought to a draw. The result ended Fitch’s five fight winning streak, which the American Kickboxing Academy fighter began after losing to champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87.
While Penn (16-7-2) failed to record another victory at welterweight, following his first round KO of Matt Hughes in November, the former champion pressed Fitch throughout the first two rounds, before being dominated by the noted wrestler in the third.
UFC 132, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, will feature a bantamweight title fight between champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber. Other bouts that have been confirmed for the card include Ryan Bader vs. Tito Ortiz, George Sotiropoulos vs. Evan Dunham and Dennis Siver vs. Matt Wiman.
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 2:38 pm