Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn was scheduled to rematch Jon Fitch this summer, but Fitch recently pulled out of the fight with an injury. Penn kept his spot on the card while the UFC searched for a replacement opponent for him, but he too was quietly nursing an injury and announced today that it has gotten bad enough to force him off of the card as well.
The Hilo kid took to his personal website to briefly discuss the nature of the injury which has caused him to cancel his appearance on the July 2nd-scheduled card.
“Here’s the story: I hurt my shoulder before the Jon Fitch real bad,” Penn revealed. “Of course pushing my shoulder really hard during the Jon Fitch fight hurt my shoulder more. I came back, I tried to train but every time I would train hard it would just get really inflamed, I couldn’t even move it.”
The Prodigy also detailed his timetable for return and asserted that he would be willing to take on Fitch again, or face off against a new opponent.
“We’re gonna see what happens,” he said. “I need about six to eight weeks to take it easy on my shoulder, let it rest. I don’t know, if Jon Fitch is ready, we can do it soon or we’ll take a new opponent.”
Penn and Fitch fought to a close draw in their first meeting, which came back at UFC 127 in February. Their fight was to determine the next contender to the welterweight crown.