After their UFC 127 main event ended in a frustrating majority draw, BJ Penn and Jon Fitch have been re-booked for an immediate rematch at UFC 132 (July 2, Las Vegas). The UFC confirmed the news late last night. Both fighters were initially disappointed in their performance, but have since come around to the idea that they both should have won and a rematch is the only logical option. The fight will lead off the live Facebook-stream portion of the evening. (Kidding. It’ll probably be on the main card somewhere.) Maybe this match is a good time to test out the UFC’s proposed use of five-round fights for non-title features. No? Terrible idea?
UFC 132′s headliner hasn’t been determined yet, though the event will also feature lightweight clashes between George Sotiropoulos and Evan Dunham — both looking to rebound from recent losses — and the previously reported Guillard/Roller scrap.
Speaking of rematches, Nam Phan‘s immediate rematch with Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24 (March 26th, Seattle) has been nixed, as Phan recently suffered a broken foot in training. Stepping up on short notice will be Chan Sung Jung, who lost a controversial decision of his own against Garcia in a “Fight of the Year” performance last year at WEC 48. Jung was most recently knocked out by George Roop at WEC 51 in September. Following the fight, a heartbroken Jung vowed to give up his Zombie Style, even if it loses him fans.