From the ashes of UFC 123 in Detroit just last night, a few match ups have been announced for the imminent future.
Most surprisingly was the announcement of former champion BJ Penn remaining in the welterweight division for the time being, where he will next face former title challenger and current top contender Jon Fitch in his next bout.
Dan White confirmed the news during the post-fight press conference following last nights affair in Michigan at the Palace in Auburn Hills before a loud and ruckus crowd.
BJ Penn was by far the most impressive in last nights co-main event, when he was able to dispatch his rival in Matt Hughes. The bout was billed as a battle of legends, where both men had faced each other twice before, and were there to complete a trilogy that has been 6 years in the making. Both men had split wins before coming into their third meeting, and the final bout was for all the marbles.
After two disappointing losses to current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Penn revitalized his career when he was able to knockout Matt Hughes, the latest UFC Hall of Famer who was riding a three fight win streak heading into the match. It took just 21 seconds inside of the first round for “The Prodigy” to make his mark once again inside the octagon.
With the victory, Penn has now placed himself up on the map in the welterweight division and will now face Jon Fitch, serving as the headliner for UFC 127. The event takes place at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia on February 27.
Fitch was originally expected to face budding welterweight prospect Jake Ellenberger at UFC 126, but has since been pulled from that match up in favor of a headlining spot against Penn.
So, MMA peeps, what do you make of the news? Do you prefer BJ in the 170-pound division? How do you favor in the Fitch/Penn match up? Sound off in the comment section below.