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Penn vs. Fitch Rematch Scrapped, Penn vs. Condit in the Works for October


(Condit’s recent knockout of Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132: I give it a 10 for brutality, and a 4 for originality.)

According to Carlos Condit‘s manager Malki Kawa, the UFC is in the process of setting up a match between Condit and former lightweight/welterweight champ BJ Penn. It was assumed that Penn’s next fight would be a rematch with Jon Fitch, who he drew with at UFC 127 — if you’ll recall, the two were already scheduled for a second meeting at UFC 132 before Fitch pulled out due to injury — but it appears that the UFC has soured on the idea altogether. Or at least that’s how BJ tells it.

Yesterday, Penn tweeted at Fitch, “tried to make it happen but Joe Silva said ‘the fans don’t want it & I’m not interested’. Not much more I can do on my end.” Carlos Condit then swooped in, writingThe people have spoken @bjpenndotcom, they want to see us scrap, let’s give em what they asked for,” to which Penn replied, ”Yup. Let’s do it! October 29th.”

For the record, 10/29 is the date of UFC 137: St. Pierre vs. Diaz in Las Vegas, although the date of the Penn vs. Condit scrap hasn’t actually been confirmed for that event yet. So where does this leave Jon Fitch? In a word: Butthurt.

Fitch is now left without an opponent, at a time when most of the UFC’s other top welterweight contenders are already booked. There really isn’t much for him to do right now except call BJ Penn a coward for ducking him. Fitch spent a good chunk of last night re-tweeting messages from his followers like this one before finally writing@bjpenndotcom you broke my heart, I thought you were a man of principle.”

Oh, BJ’s a man of principle, alright — the principle of moving up the ladder as quickly as possible. Condit became a 170-pound top dog when he KO’d previously-unbeaten Dong Hyun Kim earlier this month, and fighting Condit does more for Penn’s career at this point than fighting Fitch again. If Joe Silva’s second-hand quote is accurate, then the UFC also feels that more fan interest would be on a Penn/Condit fight. (I know I’d rather watch that one.)

So it’s not that Penn is scared of Fitch, or ducking him — it’s just that there’s really no incentive for Penn to go through with their do-over match, when a better option is right in front of him. And if you think Fitch is upset now, just wait until they announce that his next opponent will be Charlie Brenneman

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AussieJosh- July 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm
I kinda feel bad for Fitch The UFC really fucks him in the ass with no lube!
BaghdadBob- July 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Thank fucking god we won't be subjected to a Penn-Fitch rematch anytime soon.
Komodo- July 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm
MUCH better :)
flyingogoplata- July 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm
@ ArmFarmer
Yep, big problem leaving GSP with no fight within the division. It's the same problem as in the HW division. After JDS vs. Cain, who gets the next shot? Is anyone deserving?
Get Off Me- July 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm
I think Penn will finish Condit. Penn has a better ground game and better hands than Carlos, I do not see Penn losing this fight. If Fitch can be taken down by Penn, Condit will be taken down and may get caught in a sub or BJ will get inside and light Condit up with a cross or straight shot that will put him down.
Who cares about Fitch, as I said a long time ago, put Fitch/Shields as the first fight of the night on a card, show it if it's interesting, if not burn the film.
ArmFarmer- July 12, 2011 at 10:02 am
@flyinggogo

That was the scenario where I was saying put condit against diaz, if he wins then that validates his shot at the title. Of course that would require gsp to wait around for a while, and diaz could very well win that fight too.. so I guess that plan has it's holes. That's why we need gsp to man up and take on Silva.
danomite- July 12, 2011 at 9:43 am
I love this fight as long as they don't make it a #1 contender match (BJ has won 1 out of his last 4). I think it will be very close, too. Condit isn't the kind of guy that usually gives BJ problems (strong wrestlers) and BJ has an iron jaw so I don't see Condit knocking him out that easily, but Condit is on a hot streak and has a much longer reach. Too bad it's not a main event so it could be 5 rounds.
Phizix- July 12, 2011 at 9:10 am
WAR Condit!
SnackDaddy- July 12, 2011 at 8:36 am
Na... not very excited about this fight. Condit vs. KOS would have been far more exciting, (and Penn could've fought Shields).
I don't see how Penn can walk away with a victory against Condit. If he does somehow miraculously manage to do so, well, i guess he deserve a title shot after then..... (which he actually doesn't. know what i'm saying?)
flyingogoplata- July 12, 2011 at 8:34 am
@ ArmFarmer
While I'd love to see GSP vs. Silva, I just don't see that fight ever happening. I think the UFC could market Condit as a contender for GSP without him beating Penn which is why I see this fight as so risky for him. I'd love to see Condit vs. Diaz as well, it'd be a great fight.

Question is, if Condit loses and GSP wins, who's next for the WW belt??? Arguably it's Penn, Kos or Fitch who have all been dominated already by GSP. GSP needs fighters he hasn't beat yet and there aren't too many on win streaks right now.
ArmFarmer- July 12, 2011 at 8:24 am
@flyingogo

I don't think it's that big of a deal. If gsp beats diaz and condit loses, have gsp fight anderson. If condit wins you've got a new contender for gsp. If he loses and they don't want to make the anderson fight, have him fight diaz for a shot at gsp. There's always options.
amsterdamheavy- July 12, 2011 at 8:21 am
Didnt say Fitch would lose to Brenneman, I said he deserves to fight Brenneman at this point, a lower ranked opponent, and if he still goes to a draw or a decison, then you have to start considering what to do with him. Move his ass down to Strikeforce to smother all of their WWs maybe.
fACE7biter- July 12, 2011 at 8:13 am
Best part about it is we'll know that night who's fighting next for the welterweight strap, and said fight won't include Fitch. GSP/Condit, Diaz/Condit, Diaz/Penn, doubt they'll do GSP/Penn again but who knows. As for Fitch, maybe the UFC should just fire him already. The guy can't do anything right. He can't have interesting fights, can't finish fights, has started going to draws in fights hes supposed to win... Then theres the ire he's drawn from the UFC in not signing the franchise agreement, not fighting teammates, telling the UFC who he doesn't want to fight i.e. Rick Story, etc. I say, offer him Charlie Brenneman, and if he bitches, fucking fire him and let him fight Ben Askren in Bellator.
PERPATRAITOR- July 12, 2011 at 7:23 am
That'd be so sick if this goes to Vegas. I'll be there. Y'all gonna have a party there? I haven't been commenting much lately but I do read my potato news daily. War Diaz! UFC champ coming soon!!
DangadaDang- July 12, 2011 at 7:07 am
Can't say I was super excited about the rematch, this fight on the other hand has way more potential.
flyingogoplata- July 12, 2011 at 7:03 am
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see Condit vs. Penn but this is pretty high risk for the UFC. Aside from Condit, who else is a legit contender that GSP hasn't already beat? If Condit loses then the UFC will be left but nothing but rematches for GSP...not too marketable.
ExpectJesusBro- July 12, 2011 at 6:47 am
Cheers Karma! I hope Condit can prove it!
ExpectJesusBro- July 12, 2011 at 6:45 am
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This is a great match! lovin' it. WAR CONDIT!! (even though I still like Penn a lot.)
KarmaAteMyCat- July 12, 2011 at 6:44 am
Charlie Brennan WILL NOT beat Jon Fitch thats cute. Though Penn might find himself sleeping or on queer street in a fight against Condit, Carlos is what Bj Penn use to be... A Prodigy.
ArmFarmer- July 12, 2011 at 6:42 am
I'm tired of watching Penn fight wrestlers anyway. I can't imagine a scenario in which Penn/Condit isn't incredibly entertaining, regardless of the outcome. This is great news for everyone but Fitch.
newdeal- July 12, 2011 at 6:35 am
if fitch was a finisher they may be more anxious to give him another match but as it is he is one loss from the prelims since noone wants to watch him fight
itsmontoya- July 12, 2011 at 6:34 am
Just feed Fitch to GSP so he can get his ass kicked again.
amsterdamheavy- July 12, 2011 at 6:33 am
HAH "butthurtness" tag. I hope the do set up Fitch/Brenneman to put boring ass Fitch on notice that his blanket routine is worn out and he wont be getting top tier opponents until he modifies his game plan a bit. Brenneman put on a show at Live 4 that Fitch only wishes he could.
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