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BJ Penn pulled out of UFC 132 (UPDATED)

Carlos Condit has been lobbying to replace Jon Fitch against BJ Penn at UFC 132 pretty much from the minute it was announced that Fitch was out, and while both fans and us keyboard warriors are wholeheartedly down with that, the UFC and Penn have been eerily quiet.  And there may be a reason for that.

Now it appears that not only will Penn not face Condit, he’s off the card entirely.  MMA Junkie reported yesterday that the UFC had been working on a replacement, but BJ elected to reschedule for a later date instead, though who that rescheduled fight would be against is unclear.  However, other sources are claiming it wasn’t so much a matter of choice, and that BJ suffered an “undisclosed injury” that forced him off the card.  Dave Meltzer says (via BloodyElbow):

B.J. Penn’s next fight is up in the air. Penn suffered an undisclosed injury and is getting it looked at and getting an MRI done this week. Depending on how that goes will depend if he’s moved back a show or given a new opponent for 7/2.

The likes of us will probably never know for sure if BJ’s injury is legit or just an excuse, but that sure as shit won’t stop folks from venturing into conjecture about it.  Did BJ decide that Condit represented too small of a name for too much risk?  Or did he really pull his groin while “running the rock” or some shit?  Either way, all I know is that just when I thought we’d traded a snoozer for a barn-burner, BJ went and dashed my dreams to pieces.


UPDATE:  BJ posted a video on his website to expain himself, and says he’s had a nagging shoulder injury since before the first Fitch fight that’s been getting steadily worse.  He’ll need 6-8 weeks to recover, and sounds like he wants Fitch when he comes back, but will take someone else if Fitch isn’t healed yet.

Meanwhile, Carlos Condit has already scored another date for UFC 132, although not nearly as hot as Baby J.  The UFC has announced that Condit will now face technically-undefeated Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim, who we last saw when he pulled off a stinker of a close decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC 125.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    Without proof of an injury from his team or others, it’s hard not to assume that BJ pulled out in favour of waiting for a bigger name opponent. He has to know that Condit presents a huge risk (with little name value outside the hardcore circuit) and probably won’t add any more cheddar to his PPV points.

    Plus, it’s not like the dude needs the paycheck anyway. I’m not calling him a pussy or anything, no sane businessman would want to fight an animal like Condit without a good PPV push from the fans and the promotion.

  • CAP

    I wasn’t all that pumped for the rematch anyway.

  • glassjawsh

    a healthy BJ Penn turns carlos condit into tasty ground beef (chorizo?). he’s probably legitimately hurt but was going to suck it up to fight fitch because he didn’t want to seem like a pussy

  • scissors61

    This is actually the first time I can ever remember Penn pulling out of a fight due to injury. Then again he’s not technically pulling out of a fight since he wasn’t booked for one in the first place. Maybe we’ll see him on the Rio card vs. Thiago Pitbull? That’d be nice. 


  • frickshun

    ^^Yes that would!!!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Alves /BeeJ – Holy shit, Skizzers for President.

  • iamphoenix

    what’s an undisclosed injury? I couldn’t find it on WebMD.