B.J. Penn vs. Carlos Condit in the works, possible for UFC 137Posted on July 12, 2011, 08:24 PM by Joey Santosus
A Welterweight scrap between former Lightweight kingpin B.J. Penn and surging contender Carlos Condit is currently in the works for this Fall.
Sources close to the development have confirmed that both fighters have, in fact, been offered the match-up, though only one has formally accepted. If their recent less-than-official agreement on Twitter is any indicator, however, the bout may be finalized shortly.
The fight is one that initially peaked fan interest ahead of UFC 132, when "The Natural Born Killer" was discussed as a possible replacement opponent for Penn when Jon Fitch was forced out of their scheduled rematch. But, the bout failed to materialize when "The Prodigy" also withdrew from the card citing injuries.
Penn (16-7-2) returned to Welterweight last November after his long time title reign at 155-pounds came to an end. Welcoming him back to the division was a familiar face in Matt Hughes, who the Hawaiian needed just 21-seconds to dispatch of via stunning knockout. Following the victory, Penn was matched up with perennial contender Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in Australia. Though the bout was expected to name a number-one contender, after a grueling three-round affair, it was declared a draw.
Condit (27-5), meanwhile, is fresh off a dramatic first-round knockout victory over touted South Korean prospect Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132. The win marks his fourth straight, having previously defeated Dan Hardy, Rory MacDonald, and Jake Ellenberger. His only loss with the promotion dates back to his 2009 UFC debut, when Martin Kampmann edged out a split decision over the former WEC champ.
While there has been no official word on a potential date for the fight, Penn suggested via Twitter that it would be UFC 137, set to take place October 29th. If so, Penn vs. Condit would likely serve as the card's co-main event alongside the Welterweight title bout between Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz.
Photo: BJ Penn before his fight with Kenny Florian during UFC 101 at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Francis Specker