(Hurt? Nah, I just wanted to have some time to surf.)
A week after news broke that Jon Fitch had pulled out of UFC 132 due to a shoulder injury, the American Kickboxing Academy fighter’s opponent for the event had reportedly been removed from the July 2 card as well.
Dave Meltzer reported earlier today via his Wrestling Observer subscription newsletter that Penn had apparently sustained an injury this week while training for the event in anticipation of the UFC finding him a viable replacement opponent.
Now MMAJunkie is saying that Penn has opted out of the event for undisclosed reasons and will instead look at a future card for his next bout.
With both Penn and Fitch (who were said to be fighting for the next title shot in July) on the sidelines, there is a logjam at the top of the UFC’s welterweight division that could open up the perfect opportunity for a potential Georges St-Pierre-Anderson Silva super fight, perhaps in Rio. St-Pierre typically likes to fight three times per-year, around every four months. Having fought last in December against Josh Koscheck and with an upcoming title defense in April against Jake Shields, if the UFC welterweight kingpin can come out of his next bout unscathed, he would be in line for another fight in August.