B.J. Penn Says UFC Doesn’t Want He and Jon Fitch to Rematch


BJ Penn and Jon Fitch at the UFC 127 weigh-ins

BJ Penn and Jon Fitch at the UFC 127 weigh-ins

Nobody likes a draw.

Fans don’t like it. Fighters don’t like. Promoters don’t like it.

So when B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch fought to a draw at UFC 127 in Australia earlier this year, it was assumed that the rematch was a foregone conclusion.

If fact, a rematch was nearly set to go at UFC 132, but he had to withdraw from the proposed bout due to an injury suffered in their first fight. Fitch tore a rotator cuff muscle and had to have surgery to repair it and clean up his labrum.

Penn was also recovering from a shoulder injury, although less severe than Fitch’s, so he dropped off the UFC 132 fight card as well.

Most people assumed that once the two healed up, they would step into the Octagon again and finish what neither could the first go-around.

The fighters have been egging each other on via Twitter, which culminated in Fitch saying he’d be good to go by October and Penn said that was fine by him.

Reliable MMAWeekly.com sources even said that speculation was that the two would headline a fight card sometime in late fall or early winter.

Despite all the build-up and the desire of Fitch and Penn to settle the score, a hiccup in the plan surfaced… the UFC apparently doesn’t want the fight, at least, according to Penn.

The Hawaiian tweeted on Monday, “@jonfitchdotnet tried to make it happen but Joe Silva said ‘the fans don’t want it & I’m not interested.’ Not much more I can do on my end.”

Fitch has often been criticized for a fighting style that isn’t considered fan friendly. True to form, Fitch consistently took Penn down and controlled him on the ground, but couldn’t really put the screws to him to finish the fight or get the judges’ nod. But if the UFC is going to have him fight, it’s surprising that they wouldn’t put him back in the Octagon with Penn to declare a winner.

Of course, UFC president Dana White has often said he makes the fights that fans want to see. So if fans don’t want to see Penn vs. Fitch 2, then he’s not likely to go there.

Is the Twitter chatter wrong? Do you want to see these two go at it and determine a winner or should the fight just fade away?

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 22 days ago
  • 80 views

Jon Jones has gone back on earlier statements, and now states that we should expect some very malicious and very violent things to happen when he faces Daniel Cormier at UFC 178. Several hours after read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 14 views

Thus, securing his rematch against "Bones" for the UFC light heavyweight title. Sure, the knee injury that bounced Alexander Gustafsson from his much-anticipated title fight rematch against Ultimate read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 8 views

WSOF welterweight champ Rousimar Palhares is back in the gym and looking to book a fight. And while he initially expected to face Jon Fitch in September, “Toquinho” says he’s now just waiting to hear read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 68 views

The spotlight in no longer so bright on Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s brewing feud, but the upcoming title challenger recently dropped an interesting nugget on social media.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 37 views

UFC light-heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson believes Jon Jones rematch will remain intact following UFC 178. While the rivalry between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier continues to heat up at an read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 91 views

This, despite the fact that Dolce helped "The Prodigy" make a successful weight cut down to the featherweight division. B.J. Penn decided to call it quits (this time for real) following a third round read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 399 views

In a candid interview with his own website, former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion B.J. Penn discussed his troubling performance against Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale in J read news >>

  • 14 days ago
  • 9 views

DC-ya! Alexander Gustafsson wants his title shot back. "The Mauler" was forced to surrender his rematch against Jon Jones after a knee injury sent him under the knife (details). In his absence, Ultim read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

Alexander Gustafsson is upset that he wasn't reinstated against Jon Jones when the champ's next defense was moved to January, but he's now likely to fight Anthony Johnson next. read news >>