Injury forces Jon Fitch out of UFC 132 rematch with B.J. PennPosted on March 30, 2011, 11:55 PM by Joey Santosus
Jon Fitch has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming rematch with B.J. Penn at UFC 132 due to an undisclosed injury suffered during training.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the news, which has since been confirmed by sources close to the situation.
Fitch and Penn first met at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia. After three closely contended rounds, the match-up ended in a majority draw. Whomever emerged victorious from the July 2nd rematch would have likely found themselves in a position to challenge for the Welterweight title.
Fitch (13-1-1) has suffered defeat only once during his 15-fight run with the UFC, which was a failed attempt at dethroning division Champion Georges St. Pierre. Following the loss, the AKA trained fighter picked up five straight victories before having his streak snapped by last month's draw.
Penn (16-7-2) returned to 170 last November after dropping back-to-back title fights to current Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. At UFC 123 he was welcomed back to the division by his old rival Matt Hughes, who Penn knocked out just 21-seconds into the opening round.
UFC 132 is set to take place July 2nd from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Penn vs. Fitch was set to headline alongside the Bantamweight title clash between division Champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber.