(Damn, Lorenzo Fertitta has really let himself go.)
Dana White made a somewhat surprising announcement during today’s UFC 127 conference call regarding the 170-pound title picture of his promotion.
According to the UFC president, the winner of the UFC 127 welterweight showdown between Jon Fitch and BJ Penn will likely be next in line for a shot at the winner of the UFC 129 championship bout between champ Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields.
“They’re definitely in the title picture. Let’s face it; the reality is BJ Penn has held titles in both weight classes. Fitch has fought for the title and has literally dominated that division for a long time; [he] just didn’t win the title. Either one of these guys that wins this fight is in the mix — the number one guy.”
Both fighters gave the obligatory, “I’m not looking past my opponent,” speech when asked if they were giddy about the news.
“I don’t want to waste any time thinking about anything other than fighting B.J. right now,” Fitch said.
“As of now I’m not even thinking about [the title shot],” Penn said. “I’m not thinking about titles, I’m just happy to fight an opponent of Jon Fitch’s level and Jon Fitch’s stature.”
What makes the announcement somewhat of a head-scratcher is the fact that Penn has only fought four times in the past five years at welterweight, racking up a less than stellar 1-3 record, having lost twice to St-Pierre and splitting fights with aging former champ Matt Hughes. His last shot at the welterweight title came out of the blue as well after he decided on a whim to move up to challenge St-Pierre at UFC 94 following a debatable loss to him three years earlier.