Jon Fitch looking to become a legend after beating BJ Penn at UFC 127 in FebruaryPosted on November 23, 2010, 07:23 AM by Anton Gurevich
Joe Silva had (AKA manager) Crazy Bob (Cook) call me last night right before the press conference, to see if we would accept the fight, and we said yes, so Dana was able to announce it that quickly. I'm surprised that they switched opponents, but I'm glad they did. I think it's an awesome match-up, I think it's an awesome fight, I think the fans are going to be very happy about this.
This is my, I guess, second opportunity to fight a legend. GSP was probably the first one. You've got to beat a legend to become a legend, so this is a great opportunity for that. Regardless of where I think I should be and where everybody thinks I should be, and where I am, are two different things. I'm not getting a title shot, so I need to be fighting the next best opponent, and right now it looks like BJ's the next best opponent.
BJ's a legend. He's a big name, big hype. He's got a whole island backing him. There's going to be a whole lot of noise about this fight, just because he's involved. - Read the full interview at USAToday.com | Photos by Martin McNeil (ESPN)
Jon Fitch is currently on a five-fight winning streak in the UFC, since losing to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy. Penn is 3-3 as a Welterweight, losing to Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre (twice). Fitch has the best record in the UFC after Anderson Silva, going 13-1 inside the Octagon. A victory over BJ Penn might earn Jon Fitch a second shot at the UFC Welterweight title, something he's been promised after a victory over Thiago Alves at UFC 117.
The fight between Jon Fitch and BJ Penn will headline UFC 127, taking place on February 27th, at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Lightweight collision between George Sotiropoulos and Dennis Siver is expected to serve as the co-main event of the night.