It looks like BJ Penn will extend his vacation through the summer. Originally scheduled to fight Jon Fitch at UFC 132, Penn has officially dropped off the card with an injury that was originally undisclosed. UFC officials were searching for a replacement fight for Penn, and while welterweights Carlos Condit and Anthony Johnson expressed interest in taking on “The Prodigy,” neither fight ever materialized.
The story was first reported by MMAJunkie.com
UPDATE: Penn recently went on his website and explained he had actually injured his shoulder as well, albeit prior to the Fitch fight, as well as aggravated it during their three-round affair. He did not specify the damage but said he would not be ready to train again for 6-8 weeks.
The Fourth of July Weekend event was supposed to play host to a Penn vs. Fitch rematch after the two previously met in February at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia. The first bout ended in an unsatisfying draw and a rematch was immediately scheduled.
The card is scheduled for July 2, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will be headlined by a UFC Bantamweight Title fight between champion Dominick Cruz and contender Urijah Faber.
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