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Following Injury to Opponent Jon Fitch, BJ Penn Now Reportedly Drops Out of UFC 132, Possibly Due to Injury

(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.

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haus66- April 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

Yes, Rickson is the best. Yes, Penn smashes Royce. Anybody in the UFC's welterweight division smashes Royce. That's not my point. My point is PPV buys. Plus I don't want to see them drag out Sakuraba to fight him. That K-1 rematch was painful to watch.
fACE7biter- April 8, 2011 at 7:38 am
If GSP is going to fight in 4 months against Anderson, they would need to make a serious weight concession towards him, like doing it at catchweight of 178-180. Don't know if he would be willing to do that though. Besides, would they want to do GSP Vs. Silva in Brazil? Thats the biggest fight in MMA, they would do it here or in Canada, not Brazil. Not to mention, they wouldn't want to put Anderson in a fight in Brazil where he could potentially get taken down at will and owned ala Chael Sonnen. Anderson fighting Okami in Rio is far more likely, as Anderson has a better shot, and there are many Japanese people in Brazil as well.
Stak40- April 8, 2011 at 7:10 am
Penn vs Fitch vs GSP vs Penn all dont interest me in the least.

Can we please stop talking like Shields has a chance.
Sloppyspray- April 8, 2011 at 6:35 am
Those last 2 sentences completely ignore everything that has been discussed surrounding the GSP vs. A. Silva fight. Particularly, 4 months is not enough time for GSP to gain that weight naturally and in his own fashion, which is the only way he would do the fight.
LOKI- April 8, 2011 at 5:25 am
Penn vs. Aldo in Rio!
Koeikan- April 8, 2011 at 12:41 am
Penn could do anything he wanted in that fight. He could sub Royce in the first, if he took him down.

Royce wasn't even the best Gracie during his prime. No disrespect for what he did, but Penn would smash him.
Koeikan- April 8, 2011 at 12:38 am
Fitch faked his injury to side step a Penn rematch and try to position him for a title shot without having to fight again (GSP fights 3 events earlier, that fight could be made before Penn would have fought Fitch's replacement).

Penn caught on and decided to fake his own injury as well.
Jesus Frijoles- April 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm
BJ's mom decided that those awful UFC people didn't properly appreciate her little Bubala. She isn't letting him come over and play anymore.

Besides, BJ just got a bag of some really killer bud.
hateration- April 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm
wasnt excited about the rematch anyway
haus66- April 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Penn vs. Gracie in Rio. It's a total mismatch, but it puts asses in seats. I would hope Penn would try and roll with him, but he would probably just jab Royce to death.
CaptnJonesy- April 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm
I'm so over BJ Penn, every fight you have to hear about "i wonderz if hez in shaypez!! ifz he iz hez tha bestetz fighta inz the wowrld!!!" which he never becomes. He's like the Notre Dame of MMA. I hope he will just retire and let some other fighter get their shine on
mmaislandjunkie- April 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm
enough with the bj to strikeforce plan, its a retarded plan. in two years time there won't even be a strikeforce. nick will be lucky to get past daley, and daley isnt even that good. nick would still lose to diego and other top ufc ww's he should be happy being the big fish in his lil pond while it lasts.
RwilsonR- April 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Or due to Joe Silva reading CP and following my "BJ to Strikeforce" plan.

Or just due to BJ's general disinterest in MMA that he seems to develop every third fight, or so...
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm
the real loser is okami
Romanhelmut- April 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm
I don't want to see either of these guys fight GSP again...(especially Penn). I think Penn should meet Fedor at a catchweight and fight for the title of "Amazing MMA talent but built like a "bag of milk"" championship.
brownjhole- April 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm