Almost as quickly as B.J. Penn won his rubber match with Matt Hughes at UFC 123 on Saturday night, he found out the details of his next challenge in the Octagon… and it will once again be in the welterweight division.
Dispatching Matt Hughes by knockout in just 21 seconds, Penn looks to be on the 170-pound train lining up next against Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia. UFC president Dana White revealed the fight following the UFC 123 post-fight press conference in a meeting with the media.
Penn moved up to the welterweight class for a third fight with Hughes after losing back-to-back bouts against current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Questions bombarded him about where his future lied after the Hughes fight, and now we know, at least for the near term.
Fitch defeated Thiago Alves for a second time at UFC 117 earlier this year, and was lined up for a title shot following Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck’s UFC 124 title fight. But after a lot of public squabbling with White about the possibility of having to fight his teammate, Koscheck, and with former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields storming into the Octagon at welterweight, Fitch’s title shot got kicked to the curb.
Penn and Fitch join fellow welterweights Carlos Condit and Chris Lytle, who are also rumored to fight on Feb. 27 when the promotion returns to Sydney.