UFC President Dana White has apparently upped the ante for the UFC 127 main event between Jon Fitch (23-3) and BJ Penn (16-7-1). White on Tuesday announced that the winner between Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn would be considered the No. 1 contender at 170lbs.
“Either one of these guys that wins this fight is in the mix. They’re the No. 1 guy,” White said.
Both fighters have previously fought the current champ, Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title, going 0-3 combined. Fitch has defeated everyone in the welterweight division with the exception of St. Pierre, going an impressive 13-1 in the UFC. Penn on the other hand recently moved back up to welterweight after losing his lightweight title to Frankie Edgar. Penn is coming off a first round knockout victory over former welterweight champion Matt Hughes at UFC 123, but has lost to St. Pierre twice.
Both fighters are focused on the fight at hand though and not the potential title fight that is looming for the victor.
St. Pierre is schedule to make his sixth welterweight title defense against Jake Shields on April 30th at UFC 129. Depending on the winner of this bout, the division could potentially head in many different directions which would obviously affect the winner of the UFC 127 main event.
Fitch and Penn will headline next weekend’s UFC 127 in Australia and once the winners hand has been raised he’ll then have to sit back and wait to see just how things unfold in the main event of UFC 129.
Quotes taken from MMAWeekly.com