UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn will be defending his title for a fourth time against top contender Frank Edgar at UFC 112 on April 10th, likely in Abu Dhabi.
Penn was recently in Las Vegas where he met with UFC President Dana White to iron out all the details regarding his next title defense.
“Me versus Frankie Edgar and I think that’s a great fight,” Penn said on his video blog.
In addition to Penn defending his belt against Edgar, middleweight king Anderson Silva will make his long-awaited title defense against Vitor Belfort at UFC 112 as well.
It was reported last week that Silva was finally back in the gym training after undergoing elbow surgery in October. He hasn’t appeared to be in much of a rush to get back to action after UFC brass informed him Belfort was going to be his next foe.
However, reports are surfacing that both camps have contacted Carlos Santos, the leader of the New Emirates team in Abu Dhabi, to inquire about training in the Middle East. According to Santos, both Brazilians plan on training in the facility the days leading up to their April 10th showdown.
“Vitor called me and Anderson’s guys too, wanting to know how is the country’s weather, where is it going to happen and how easy is to them to train here,” Santos told TATAME.com. “I said that are the best as possible and the doors of Emirates Team ADCC Club are open to everyone, not just the facilities as our athletes to train with them. Besides them, there’s Renzo [Gracie], who’s always here with us and maybe come a month before to be here training with us.”
I’ve never been to a training facility in Abu Dhabi, however they are apparently big enough to house two major league fighters and their entourages at the same time.
“We know all of them and, as I said, they have open doors,” Santos said of his packed house. “There’s space to all of them. We’re here to help everyone, especially if they are our friends and Brazilians. The Club is pretty big and we can share hours and spaces to both, with no problem at all.”
UFC 112 will be taking place on April 10, 2010 in Abu Dhabi. In addition to the two championship bouts, Matt Hughes is expected to return and face Renzo Gracie on the card.