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Hughes-Penn III in the Works for UFC 123


(Loser pays for the pig roast at the afterparty.)

CagePotato has learned through a source close to the situation that discussions are underway between Matt Hughes,  BJ Penn and the UFC to set up a rubbermatch between the pair at UFC 123 on  November 20.

The event, which is scheduled for The Palace of Auburn Hills in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan will feature a main card match-up between former UFC light heavyweight champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson.

We first learned of the possible match-up last week, and although we were unable to confirm with Hughes’ or Penn’s camps as of time of writing, both men have since confirmed that they could possibly compete in November, so it seems like the tip was legit and that the bout is in fact a plausibility.


Penn mentioned in a video blog that was posted on BJPenn.com last week that he was contacted by UFC president Dana White about a possibly taking on a "big fight" in November.

Hughes made a similar statement yesterday via his website, Matt-Hughes.com.

"…Dana called me yesterday and we had an interesting conversation about the November 20th UFC in Detroit," Hughes wrote. "More news about that down the road."

If it comes to fruition, the bout will mark Penn’s first fight at welterweight since he lost by TKO to current UFC 170-pound kingpin Georges-St-Pierre nearly 22 months ago. 

At the time, Penn held the UFC lightweight strap and moved up to face St-Pierre in an attempt to win both titles, but fell short. Prior to that, Penn hadn’t fought at the heavier weight since he lost to then-UFC welterweight champion, Hughes by third round TKO at UFC 63 nearly three years ago.

The first time the pair met, it was Penn who had his hand raised.

After coaxing a tap from Hughes in the first round of their UFC 46 170-pound championship bout, Penn walked away from the promotion, vacating the title without ever defending it.

There will likely be no shortage of bad blood between these two heading into this fight if it happens.

Penn has spoken about his desire to eventually move back up to welterweight for quite some time and it seems that the back-to-back losses to Frankie Edgar may have been the impetus for the change of scenery.

We will have more as this story develops.


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RwilsonR- September 14, 2010 at 10:13 am
I don't like this fight for two incredibly objective reasons:

One - it feels like it is a 'Legends Fight', and I don't think BJ deserves that.

Two - BJ is younger and closer to his prime, and he will likely beat Hughes. Especially if Hughes tries to stand with him. I'd rather see BJ fight someone who will kick his ass. I really hate that fucker!

noaschmitz- September 14, 2010 at 10:10 am
I believe i called this a while back, check into the ufc 118 monday morning match maker
Krankitup- September 14, 2010 at 9:05 am
Sweet baby camel toe Arianny looks hot in that photo. Wait... she looks hot in every photo.
What just happened- September 14, 2010 at 8:34 am
I agree with chunkey, its like a midlevel bout between two guys who are on the verge of becoming irrelevant neither is obsolete yet, but there are so many younger guys coming up...I would just like to see some different faces...getting punched and kicked!
thechunkeymonk- September 14, 2010 at 7:46 am
Where does this leave both fighters? I reckon the UFC don't want to give either fighter an 'contender' in the division because they don't wana see Hughes vs GSP, or BJ vs Edgar in the near future.
What just happened- September 14, 2010 at 7:29 am
I dont think this fight is relavent, and I dont think that rematches should happen immediately after the fight just happened. Matt Hughes was a great champion, WAS, BJ penn was also a great champion, I like to watch B.J. fight, never was a Hughes fan, but I just dont think this fight is compelling, or exciting, or does anything but fill a slot on the card.St. Pierre VS. Anderson Silva, then the winner faces Chael Sonnen? that sounds like something fun to watch, but enough with immediate rematches, what is this pro wrestling?
Bones210- September 14, 2010 at 6:57 am
War Hughes..this could turn out to be a sick fight.
DaltonSwayze- September 14, 2010 at 6:27 am
Yeah, I honestly didn't even think CP did any reporting before Russell showed up. Seriously, I thought it was purely a commentary site, and the best one at that.

That's probably why it took so long for anyone to believe the Gus Johnson story, but I like this new journalistic direction, provided we never lose the hilarity that made CP great in the first place
JaredB- September 14, 2010 at 3:24 am
Sweet, the huge bet I am going to place on Hughes will buy my tickets. Penn is so washed up at 155, at 170 he's easy pickings for any half decent wrestler.
TheHuytonHandGrenade- September 14, 2010 at 12:20 am
Great fight BJ gonna win this UD!
Under Banga- September 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm
As coach Fiore said we`re not wrestlin we`re just doin this.
I don`t like Hughes or his genetically gifted brother but I would like to see him crucifix BJ just one more time pls God!
Bing bang
KarmaAteMyCat- September 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm
Fuck Bloody Elbow, Fuck sherdog and FUCK YOU if you hate. Cagepotato 4 life.
KarmaAteMyCat- September 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm
First off, you might want to put some ice in the Hater-Aide before it gets to warm there guys. Matt has a 3-0 win streak right now. So this fight isn't just a "Great Fight" for only "Fight Fans" it's a valuable placement fight for both individuals in the standings for the welterweight division. Blah blah Religion blah blah Bj Penn's ego. Lets be mildly objective about this and think about it Matt has been doing amazing things with his hands and legs lately and to be completely honest none of his recent fights have bored me at all.

Also keep in mind that as we've come to see BJ doesn't do so well with fights where he isn't motivated or interested. So to be honest the Lightweight division hasn't really interested him for some time now. He's tired of fighting the same people over and over. In all honesty why do you think they're making the Ultimate Fighter a "lightweight" Division only competition. Dana white knows that he needs to either light a fire under Penns ass now or lose him forever. It's just that simple and these guys genuinely do not LIKE each other at all so the interviews prefight and the fight itself will surely be more then entertaining for all of us.

So to say this fight is pointless, wont sell, or that you refuse to purchase it pretty much makes you equivalent to a three legged dog with mange now get down with this epic grudge fight or get the fuck out. Madd love potato nation.
steampunk22- September 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm
@TheLibrarian

There is no "Ben"s. Just Ben.

@MyWifeWiffaCheeto lol ;)

I like this fight. Good for both guys. And Dana has actually stated that Hughes is "in the mix" regardless of how Country Breakfast feels about it.
Jersey Shua- September 13, 2010 at 9:32 pm
Is it just me or is Matt Hughes on a mission to beat every Gracie and Gracie-trained fighter out there? Dude's old school in what seems to be his "wrestling is better than jiu jitsu" attitude. Like him as a fighter but he rubs me the wrong way for some reason.
John Kimble- September 13, 2010 at 9:17 pm
No disrespect to anybody, but i couldnt care less who breaks the story first. I only care about who tells it in the most interesting way. Dry fact relations are swell and all, but there's a trillion sites for that, im in it for the comedy.
RPS13- September 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm
i would love to see this only if Matt wins. bj penn can suck a bag of dicks
The Librarian- September 13, 2010 at 8:52 pm
It does seem (and when I say this I mean no disrespect to the Bens) that CagePotato has broken more stories in the past few months than it did in the first thirty months.

Russell definitely was the first to publish this story, and he does presumably have good contacts with the folks over at UFC.com.

Very interesting.
Smitty- September 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm
Is it that serious CP.........
Turd Furgeson- September 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm
No news about Jardine retiring? Or did I miss it?
Canadian Chronic- September 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm
purplepickle FTW

fuckin awesome
halfbreed23- September 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm
YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

Can you tell I'm excited for this fight?
MyFightWiffaCheeto- September 13, 2010 at 7:08 pm
Russell... quit whining. I'll refresh and click some ads for you.

Plus, did you honestly think the polesmokers at BloodyElbow were gonna give you props for something? Old dad wasn't this self-conscious.
LBo- September 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm
Purplepickle gets double points for hilarity AND dropping it in the first comment.
a platypus- September 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm
haha purplepickle should be a comment of the week
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