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BJ Penn Likely To Face Carlos Condit, Not Jon Fitch, In October

Following their frustrating draw at UFC 127, BJ Penn and Jon Fitch were all but set to settle the score at UFC 132 until the injury gods struck and postponed the rematch till later this year.

Well, that’s what everyone thought was the plan at least.

According to Penn however, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has had a change of heart based on negative feedback from the fans.

@jonfitchdotnet 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

Sucks for Fitch, but the good news is we’re probably going to get a more exciting fight out of it. Upon hearing the news, Carlos Condit jumped in and issued a challenge to Penn who immediately accepted.

The people have spoken @bjpenndotcom, they want to see us scrap, let’s give em what they asked for

@CarlosCondit Yup. Let’s do it! October 29th

And just like that a great fight was born.

It may not happen on October 29 like Penn stated though. According to MMA Weekly and Condit’s manager Malki Kawa, it is in the works for sometime in October, but not necessarily UFC 137. Kawa says it’s a “main event” fight, but UFC 137 already has Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz headlining and both Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III and Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian have been rumored at one point or another to headline UFC 136 on Oct. 8. Apparently, a third Oct. event may be in the works, but nothing has been solidly confirmed yet.

Regardless of where it lands on the schedule though, it’s a great match-up and one I can’t wait to watch.

Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

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