Undisclosed Injury forces BJ Penn out of UFC 132Posted on April 8, 2011, 12:02 AM by Joey Santosus
Shortly after his scheduled opponent, Jon Fitch, was forced to withdraw from the card, BJ Penn has also been removed from the UFC 132 line-up.
Though the promotion was believed to be actively searching for a replacement opponent for Penn, an undisclosed injury has sidelined the Hawaiian. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time and there is no word on a possible return date.
MMAJunkie.com first reported the development, which has since been confirmed by UFC officials.
Penn and Fitch fought previously 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.
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.
Fitch (13-1-1), meanwhile, 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.
UFC 132 is set to take place July 2nd from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Penn vs. Fitch II was originally scheduled to headline alongside the Bantamweight title clash between division Champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber.