The whirlwind caused by Nick Diaz this week has left BJ Penn opponent-less for his scheduled late-October appearance on the UFC 137 fight card.
Diaz failed to keep up his end of the deal in regards to “playing the game” and promoting his championship superfight with UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre and was removed from that fight as a result. Carlos Condit, who was to meet Penn in the co-main event of that fight card, was picked to replace the Stockton native, a move which saved the fight card, but left The Prodigy in the lurch.
While most are too busy still scratching their heads at Diaz’s self-sabotaging behavior, some have begun to speculate as to who Penn might face if he is to keep his spot on the card. A few names have been tossed out, such as Jon Fitch (who, per rumor, won’t be ready to fight until December, making a rematch with Penn in late October unlikely) and even Diaz, but the reality is that we won’t know until we know.
However, Penn just revealed through his Twitter account that he will very likely still fight at UFC 137, against an opponent that has at least grabbed his attention.
“Dana just offered me a deal I can’t refuse.pretty sure I’m still fighting on Oct. 29th,” wrote the Hawaiian former champion.
Stay tuned for more info on The Prodigy’s next opponent.
UFC 137 goes down on October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.