It was recently announced that Jon Fitch will be unable to compete against BJ Penn this summer at UFC 132 as planned for having suffered an injury in training, causing many to speculate over whether Penn will remain on the card and, if so, who the UFC will find for his replacement.
Should Penn decide to keep his spot on the card despite the dissolving of his anticipated rematch with Fitch, fellow UFC welterweight fighter Carlos Condit recently revealed through his Twitter account that he would be willing — in fact, honored — to step in against “The Prodigy” in Fitch’s stead.
“It would be an honor to fight a legend like BJ Penn, one of my favorite fighters ever. If the call comes, I would take the fight in a second,” Condit wrote.
Condit is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, having taken out the likes of Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald and Dan Hardy during his tenure in the UFC. In his most recent appearance, at UFC 120 this past October, Condit scored a surprising knockout win over durable British slugger Dan Hardy, greatly increasing his stock at 170lbs.
Penn last appeared in action against Fitch in what was to be a title eliminator bout for the welterweight division. Though many counted him out in favor of Fitch’s size, strength and wrestling-centric style, Penn took the fight to Fitch early and put the former NCAA Division-1 wrestler on his back more than once. The two battled back and forth with Fitch stealing the momentum in the third and the second round being very close; the fight was eventually scored a draw, prompting the UFC to schedule the rematch.
UFC 132 is expected to take place on July 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.