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Jon Fitch Out of UFC 132 Fight With BJ Penn Due to Shoulder Injury


(Come on, Jon. A real man takes “prohibited injections” and fights through that shit. Photo courtesy of Zimbio)

Bad news for fans of immediate rematches and mouthpiece-chewers. As first reported by MMAWeekly, Jon Fitch has withdrawn from his upcoming fight with BJ Penn at UFC 132 (July 2nd, Las Vegas) due to an undisclosed injury suffered in training; according to ESPN, it’s shoulder-related. A replacement opponent for Penn has not yet been named.

Fitch and Penn met in the main event of UFC 127 last month and fought to a majority draw, in a match that saw Penn take a slight edge in the first two rounds before getting clobbered in round three. UFC 132 is currently slated to feature the bantamweight title fight between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.

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djp1988- March 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm
@RWR I'd sign that petition if you made it.
haus66- March 31, 2011 at 9:26 am
Bump Penn out of UFC 132 and move him to the UFC Rio card versus Royce Gracie. Complete mismatch, but it puts asses in seats. Hopefully, BJ would have the balls to roll with Gracie, but he probably keeps it standing and jabs him to death.
The Fresh One- March 31, 2011 at 8:26 am
BJ vs Stun Gun or Condit makes the most sense.
Ruke Doufus- March 31, 2011 at 8:13 am
Given the Thiago Silva not-consistent-with-human-urine incident, I have a theory that guys are going to come up with "injuries" when they feel that they don't have a shot to pass a urine test (NOT saying this about JF!)

The sports world has to figure out a way to allow athletes to use substances to heal injuries. Don't know how this can be done, but personally, I have no issue with the use of these medicines to heal, but beyond that I'm with Bas "You're a coward!"

This probably isn't even doable, because I don't know how you could define it. Maybe the athlete would have to have a medically demonstrable injury (via MRI or such, not just "pain") and then there could be limits on how much could be used and then there would be a forced cooling off period. The athlete would have to be tested throughout this whole process.

Either way, some would find a way to game the system.
mDino- March 31, 2011 at 7:29 am
that fight was pointless anyways. go back to lightweight bj. keep those gates closed jon.
intercept440- March 31, 2011 at 7:24 am
you see... eating nuthing but vegatables will only make you more injury prone by slowly lettings your tendons waste away into nuthingness, go eat a steak fuckbag
FeelDaRiddum- March 31, 2011 at 7:22 am
i would say rumble johnson but knowing him after his last fight the guy has already gain 15 pounds... why not paulo thiago?
LOKI- March 31, 2011 at 5:58 am
I would love to see BJ run a train on Condit and take the breeze outa his sail.
RearNakedSpoon- March 31, 2011 at 5:16 am
Thiago Alves?
Or
Nate Diaz. Only thing better than seeing coconut head getting destroyed to the point he mentally surrenders is seeing a Diaz lose.
FightZen- March 31, 2011 at 3:53 am
Great idea. Will never happen. Dana isn't co-promoting... yet. But will never fight outside of the ufc. I'll bet he'd retire first.
Waxedpants- March 31, 2011 at 3:42 am
@rwr That is a good idea.
Dagnut- March 31, 2011 at 1:57 am
@RWR...me likely
fatbellyfrank- March 31, 2011 at 1:48 am
@ RWR, OK count me in, that IS a fucken good idea.
RwilsonR- March 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm
^ They should pull out all the stops for this. Zuffa could handle the production and promotion, since they are pros at that. This would be like unveiling Strikeforce to the casual audience with a huge event that would sell. If they are able to get 250,000 buys, they not only would make it profitable, but they would destroy the PPV buy record for a non-UFC event.
 
BJ Penn vs Nick Diaz
Alistair Overeem vs FabricioWerdum
Hendo vs King Mo (or Mousasi, but Mo would prob sell better)
Barnett vs Keith Kizer's penis authenticity verifier
 
Fill out the rest with guys like Lawler, Kennedy, and other marketable fighters. Throw nearly everything they have at this event, and you can't tell me it wouldn't sell. All at the cost of moving one fighter from the UFC who is lost between divisions and title contenders if he stays in the UFC. Now that would be good business.
RwilsonR- March 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm
Now I do a lot of hating on BJ Penn, but this is not meant to be that way.
Penn is not, and should not be fighting for a title in either the UFC Lightweight or UFC Welterweight divisions again. Whatever you want to say about it, he lost that fight to Fitch, and he poses no threat at all to GSP. He lost two in a row convincingly to Edgar. So he can fight guys like Fitch, Kos, or Condit at WW (I think Condit is the only one he wins), or he can fight guys like Jim Miller, G-Sot, or Maynard at LW. If he's lucky, the UFC might throw BJ a handout every now and then to fight an over-the-hill guy like Matt Hughes, but there aren't a lot of slowing legends hanging around anymore. BJ is jumping around near the top of two weight classes, but he has no real home.
 
There is a very good solution to this situation. Have BJ move to Strikeforce for an immediate title shot against the winner of Diaz vs. Daley, and put that fight atop the next round of the SF HW GP with Overeem vs Werdum on the card as the co-main event. Fill out the undercard with every last good well-known fighter Strikeforce has, promote the hell out of it as a league vs league superfight, and throw that bitch up on PPV. This would work great for everyone. With any luck it would be Penn vs Diaz, but either way, I think BJ wins the fight. Penn might go for this, as it would give him a new purpose as the new face of Strikeforce. That would feed BJ's ego, and give Strikeforce a well known and marketable name fighter before he loses his marketability. Plus, he is used to getting immediate title fights, so nothing new there. If BJ actually lost, it would significantly raise the profile of either Diaz or Daley, both of whom are talented and exciting fighters in their own right. It would also increase the visibility and legitimacy of the winner of Overeem vs Werdum to a broader audience. It would do the same for Strikeforce as a whole, make it a more viable business for Zuffa, and increase the name recognition which would make the Showtime deal all the more valuable. They could create much bigger stars out of guys like Diaz, Daley, or Overeem, and reinvigorate the profile of one of MMA's consistent top stars in Penn. Plus, it could go on to make mega fights between SF and UFC even more mega down the road, if they ever are going to happen. Hell, it might even eventually give BJ another shot at the UFC belt, since when upper-mid-tier fighters that washed out of the UFC win in other orgs, everyone seems to think they are the only challenge left for dominant UFC champions. This could all be done, scheduled and on the books for summer.
 
Tell me that isn't a good idea.
Maine Blazer- March 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm
Where's your vegan god now? Veganism is a religion, right?
Lesnarischamp- March 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm
@ Gener. my first thought was the same thing, the date of the event should be perfect for Condit.
ghostboner- March 30, 2011 at 10:49 pm
Bj needs an opponent eh... GIVE PULVER ANOTHER SHOT!!!!!!!!
AndyInflammatory- March 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm
OH THANK GOD
not that I wish him any harm - but jimney crickets that fight was horrible to watch
Gener- March 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm
Too bad for Fitch. Hope he's okay.

Penn vs. Condit!!!!
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm
bringing up the late updates on news on Cagepotato is like calling out Tosh for commenting on internet clips that are months old. Wherever you go there you are -- right now you are on Cagepotato
WuTangClan- March 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm
Good.
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm
@the silverhawaiian this is the wrong site for up to the minute reporting douchebag
RwilsonR- March 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm
Nice caption, and nice one djp.
the silver hawaiian- March 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm
LOL djp
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