UFC 127: Penn-Fitch Winner Now Becomes Next #1 Contender

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DCRage
2/15/11 4:14:24PM
The main event of UFC 127: "Penn vs. Fitch" on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia just became a lot more interesting. That's because the winner will determine the next number one contender to the welterweight title, according to Dana White on a conference call today (via Twitter). Both fighters have previously fought for the coveted 170-pound strap. Penn, himself a former welterweight champion, last had his shot at UFC 94, a four round beating at the hands of current titleholder Georges St. Pierre.

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Wallass
2/15/11 4:28:08PM
I agree with this decision. IF GSP does defends the title succesfullly against Jake Shields and moves up to middleweight then it leaves the winner facing someone ike Carlos Condit, Chris Lytle, Dong Kim for the title. If Shields is able to beat GSP it certainly makes for some fresh fights. This is Fitchs chance to shine. Will he?
TeamDEY
2/15/11 4:34:36PM
Go Penn!!!
BigCountryFedor
2/15/11 4:38:03PM
Can't root for a guy with an ankle braclet tattoo

Please win BJ.
BlueSkiesBurn
2/15/11 7:09:02PM
Oh yay, BJ Penn vs. GSP 3 or Fitch vs. GSP 2. Anyone else have a problem with this?
prozacnation1978
2/15/11 7:14:02PM
Yeah right just like how winner of marquadt vs okami got his
FastKnockout
2/15/11 7:16:54PM
Don't get me wrong, I love GSP at Welterweight, but if he wins against Shields I want to see him move up to Middleweight. Silva and GSP have been running through guys for so long the division has become kind of stale when it comes to the titles in my eyes. I'm ready to see Middleweight and Welterweight like Light Heavyweight is now, where anything can happen and you honestly don't know who will get the next title shot because there are so many talented guys.

Kind of like what happened to Lightweight after Edgar came along. It was stale and there didn't seem to be any real competition for Penn, so there was no real excitement surrounding the fight except for the fact that it was Penn fighting. Now look at it, it's a lot more exciting, and so many guys are moving forward with so much talent that the title could trade hands at any time.

I want to see Silva at Light Heavyweight and GSP at Middleweight. I enjoy a good dominate title run, but after a certain amount of time and victories, I'd like to see it mixed up a bit.
sbulldavid
2/15/11 7:18:54PM
I'm not excited for any of the possible match-ups, honestly i like the Fitch/Penn match-up or Shields/GSP fight better.
AchillesHeel
2/15/11 7:26:33PM

Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

Oh yay, BJ Penn vs. GSP 3 or Fitch vs. GSP 2. Anyone else have a problem with this?


It's possible neither of those would happen. If GSP beats Shields, I bet Dana White will want him to move up to Middleweight. The winner of Penn-Fitch may be more likely to face the winner of Diego Sanchez & Martin Kampmann in a new title fight. Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves could be in the mix, too.
BlueSkiesBurn
2/15/11 7:31:31PM

Posted by AchillesHeel


Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

Oh yay, BJ Penn vs. GSP 3 or Fitch vs. GSP 2. Anyone else have a problem with this?


It's possible neither of those would happen. If GSP beats Shields, I bet Dana White will want him to move up to Middleweight. The winner of Penn-Fitch may be more likely to face the winner of Diego Sanchez & Martin Kampmann in a new title fight. Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves could be in the mix, too.



I hope so. That would the ideal thing to do. There's only so many times that people will continue to pay for GSP and Silva fights when they keep dominating their opponents. For the sakes of the divisions, the business, and the fans, it's the smartest thing to do.
emfleek
2/15/11 7:52:11PM
WAR FITCH
tmas
2/15/11 7:53:22PM

Posted by FastKnockout

Don't get me wrong, I love GSP at Welterweight, but if he wins against Shields I want to see him move up to Middleweight. Silva and GSP have been running through guys for so long the division has become kind of stale when it comes to the titles in my eyes. I'm ready to see Middleweight and Welterweight like Light Heavyweight is now, where anything can happen and you honestly don't know who will get the next title shot because there are so many talented guys.

Kind of like what happened to Lightweight after Edgar came along. It was stale and there didn't seem to be any real competition for Penn, so there was no real excitement surrounding the fight except for the fact that it was Penn fighting. Now look at it, it's a lot more exciting, and so many guys are moving forward with so much talent that the title could trade hands at any time.

I want to see Silva at Light Heavyweight and GSP at Middleweight. I enjoy a good dominate title run, but after a certain amount of time and victories, I'd like to see it mixed up a bit.



can i just say if BJ was the best and most Dominate LW of all time, and Edgar beat him twice and defended his title a 2nd time against Gray......doesnt that make Edgar more unbeatable then BJ?
emfleek
2/15/11 7:54:01PM

Posted by BigCountryFedor

Can't root for a guy with an ankle braclet tattoo

Please win BJ.



Because it's "so gay" right?

BigIP
2/15/11 7:57:29PM
Looks like Fitch will be fighting Kampman for the vacant belt when GSP moves up. Don't get me wrong I'm rooting for BJ and Diego but I don't think it will happen.
Cooler
2/15/11 9:09:36PM
I agree with Penn/Fitch vs Kampmann/Diego for the new title.
postman
2/15/11 9:24:43PM
I see no reason for GSP to move up until he wants to if ever. There is no law that says If your too good at one weight you must move up 15 lbs. This isn't boxing were they have a spot for you ever 5 lbs. He earned his right to rule at WW. I wanna see the GSP Anderson fight but I see no reason for anyone to tell a title holder your too good we need to bring you back down to earth you have to fight bigger fighters. Penn didn't have to drop his belt when he went after GSP's belt Why would GSP drop his to go after Andersons?
pmoney
2/15/11 10:07:45PM
A lot of good points on this thread! The UFC would never force GSP to vacate his title, unless he had like 5 fights that were on the same level of disgrace that Silva-Leites and Silva-Maia were. I was never more upset after buying PPV's than those two.

GSP-Kos 2 however.... I say if GSP keeps putting on performances like that, I'll be ok with him staying champ at 170!

Fitch deserves the shot. Should Lytle win he is in the mix too. And Kampmann... you all know how I feel he should be fighting GSP in April.
BigCountryFedor
2/15/11 10:30:09PM

Posted by emfleek


Posted by BigCountryFedor

Can't root for a guy with an ankle braclet tattoo

Please win BJ.



Because it's "so gay" right?




Because it's girly. I've seen at least 20 chicks with it and only 1 guy with it...

And I'm rooting for BJ because Fitch bores he half to death. I would root for him against BJ but I'd rather watch leaves turn red in autumn than root for a LnP'er.
grappler0000
2/15/11 10:36:14PM
Not sure why some people assume GSP is being forced out his weight class. He has been in talks about this for quite some time. His only hangup was that he would leave WW behind to put on the proper weight to stay at MW...which looks like reality in the making, assuming he wins against Jake.
State_Champ
2/16/11 8:09:25AM
BJ or Fitch would be decent a challenger but we've seen it before and we know how GSP handles them.
Neither Fitch nor BJ has seemed to make an huge strides in their game that would lead me to believe they stand much of a chance against GSP.


You know what? I would rather see Anders Silva move up and GSP keep on dominating at WW. IDK why, but I've lost interest in GSP moving to MW.
D0wnUnd6e6r
2/16/11 8:53:12AM
meh... im actually not very excited by these news. Itll either be GSP Penn III or GSP Fitch II. Im pulling for fitch to win but i do agree that penn would give a better fight, at the moment its what i think.
Franklinfan47
2/16/11 11:32:34AM
If this is the case, I`ll be rooting for Penn.

That said, Im not interested in either of those rematches really.
GSPVSSILVA
2/16/11 11:44:22AM

Posted by prozacnation1978

Yeah right just like how winner of marquadt vs okami got his



Who said Okami isn't getting a shot? He's just in line.
MattHughesRules
2/16/11 2:00:29PM
I think once GSP stomps Shields he will be gone to MW never to be heard from again in the WW ranks. If so I say the winner of Fitch/BJ vs. Kos. This team stuff is crap...if Fitch and Kos were offered a TITLE fight against eachother they had better man up.

Ps - GSP via decision over the Spider.
Hendo67
2/16/11 2:52:38PM
WW Grand Prix please!

I'm not sure i want to see GSP/Penn 3, or GSP/Fitch 2.
postman
2/16/11 3:58:02PM

Posted by GSPVSSILVA


Posted by prozacnation1978

Yeah right just like how winner of marquadt vs okami got his



Who said Okami isn't getting a shot? He's just in line.



He has been in line for years
Boo_Radley21
2/16/11 4:14:31PM
Fitch is going to grind BJs bones to make his bread. And then probably become the next WW title holder since GSP will be gone from the division after Shields
BustedKnuckle
2/16/11 9:49:42PM

Posted by BlueSkiesBurn


Posted by AchillesHeel


Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

Oh yay, BJ Penn vs. GSP 3 or Fitch vs. GSP 2. Anyone else have a problem with this?


It's possible neither of those would happen. If GSP beats Shields, I bet Dana White will want him to move up to Middleweight. The winner of Penn-Fitch may be more likely to face the winner of Diego Sanchez & Martin Kampmann in a new title fight. Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves could be in the mix, too.



I hope so. That would the ideal thing to do. There's only so many times that people will continue to pay for GSP and Silva fights when they keep dominating their opponents. For the sakes of the divisions, the business, and the fans, it's the smartest thing to do.



Right there with you guys........well kinda. I hope the GSP/Andy fight happens in a bad way. But say he losses to Anderson? Does he stay at 185?? I wouldn't think so. And on a further note. GSP does not have to relinquish the WW belt to fight at 185. Silva never did to fight at 205. The UFC has never had a multi-weightclass champion before. And who DOESN"T love a dominant champion???
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