BJ Penn and Jon Fitch are both disappointed in the respective performances they gave against one another last night in the main event of UFC 127. The two both showed grit and skill in the fight, but in the end no one emerged as the victor as the fight was ruled a majority draw.
The bout was to serve as a title eliminator, with the winner getting a shot at the winner of the upcoming Georges St. Pierre-Jake Shields title fight–unless St. Pierre wins and moves up to middleweight, but that’s a different story. Now, the talk surrounding Penn-Fitch is of an immediate rematch between the two, possibly for a title should St. Pierre win and vacate the division. Speaking last night after the fight, both Penn and Fitch expressed their disappointment in the fight’s outcome and indicated that they would be willing to do the rematch, but that it’s ultimately up to the UFC.
“I don’t know right now,” Fitch responded when asked if he thinks he still deserves a title shot. “I’m awfully disappointed with my performance. I don’t know. I expect more [out of myself]. I should have put on a better show and performed better tonight to make that a question no one had to ask. So I don’t know. I have to leave it up to the bosses and see what they want to do with me.”
As for Penn, he is leaving the future of his career up in the air for now, but said that, should he return to fight again, he doesn’t feel he could rightly progress in the welterweight division before defeating Fitch.
“I understand where Jon is coming from,” said Penn, “but I think I still need a win over Jon before I get a shot at the title.”
UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch went down last night at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.