[adinserter block=”1″]While the UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami card is close to being finalized, it won’t stop one future UFC Hall of Fame fighter from asking for a spot. Former UFC champion B.J. Penn is going public with his desire to fight in Brazil and pay tribute to the home of BJJ.
Fighters Only Magazine reports that Penn badly wants to compete on the August UFC event. Penn has even made preliminary training plans for a potential UFC 134 fight. Penn told the magazine that he would set up camp a month early if he were to get a fight in Rio.
“He says he will go to train at the Nova Uniao facility in Rio de Janeiro for a month in advance if he gets a slot on the card.”
Penn’s hopes were reignited at UFC 129 when he tells the magazine he had a chance to train with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Dede Pederneiras in Toronto. Penn jumped at the opportunity to train with Pederneiras and Silva when offered the opportunity.
“I just had arrived in the hotel and met Anderson Silva who told me he was going to spar with Junior [Jose Aldo]. When I found out Dede Pederneiras was there, I put my training clothes on straight away and went to train with them,” said Penn.
The UFC confirmed several fights on the UFC 134 card earlier in the week. The MMA giant is definitely playing to the hometown crowd with several Brazilian fighters and BJJ experts booked in prominent fights. However, there is a great deal of local MMA fans that have expressed their desire on forums to see some of the other stars other than the Brazilian fighters on the card. BJ Penn would certainly satisfy those fans.
Penn was scheduled to fight Jon Fitch in a rematch at UFC 132 in July. Penn pulled out of the fight after an injury to Fitch canceled the original matchup. As of right now Penn is available for UFC 134. The UFC released Maiquel Falcao who was scheduled for the card which opens up at least one fight slot.
[adinserter block=”1″]Unfortunately with the large amount of shows that the UFC has on the docket for the rest of the year, it would be hard to justify using BJ Penn on a card that already includes Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami, Shogun Rua vs. Forrest Griffin, and rumors of a Nogueira vs. Cro Cop fight.
I do think that a Fitch vs. Penn rematch would play a lot better to this crowd than some of the crowds in the states. The fight will likely be ground based and while most casual audiences may find that boring in the states, the Rio crowd would likely eat it up. I would love to see this fight in Rio, although as of now it doesn’t appear to be in the plans.
The confirmed UFC 134: RIO card…
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson
Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares
Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira vs. Rousimar Palhares
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