Former UFC welterweight champion BJ Penn must be feeling antsy while he recovers from the shoulder injury that forced him out of a July bout with Jon Fitch at UFC 132, as he recently took it upon himself to arrange his next meeting in the cage.
Continuing the trend of fighters looking to set their next matches via Twitter, Penn recently called out former Strikeforce middleweight champion and recent number one UFC welterweight contender Jake Shields.
Penn wrote, “@jakeshieldsajj I would never challenge one of Cesar Gracie’s guys, but you’ve been calling me out for years.Let’s do it! I’ll contact Dana”
Shields responded in short order, accepting “The Prodigy’s” challenge and upping the stakes by suggesting their bout be the inaugural non-championship five-rounder.
“I’m a BJ fan but let’s get it on. Make the call,” posted Shields.
Shields followed that message with: “@bjpenndotcom even better, let’s make it the first 5 round non-title fight”
In his last fight, at UFC 127 in Februray, Penn took on top welterweight Jon Fitch in a back-and-forth bout that was eventually ruled a draw. He was scheduled to rematch Fitch but both men pulled out with injuries.
Shields was most recently seen in action at UFC 129 in Toronto last month, losing via decision in an attempt to take George St-Pierre’s welterweight strap.