Yesterday welterweight contender Jon Fitch announced that after a lengthy spell out due to shoulder surgery he will be fit to start training for his next fight in September with an aim to fighting at UFC 138 in November.
The 33 year-old had been scheduled for a rematch with BJ Penn prior to his injury after the two had fought to a majority draw earlier in the year, and Fitch has made it clear that he wants to fight the Hawaiian on his return to the cage.
Fitch isn’t the only one eager for a shot at Penn however – former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields has also expressed a desire to fight him during a conversation with a fan on Twitter last month, and ‘The Prodigy’ was quick to respond, telling Shields that he would “contact Dana” about setting up the bout.
So far there’s no confirmation that the bout will actually be taking place though, so the next step for all three fighters remains unclear at this time.
Personally I like the sound of Penn Vs Shields in terms of a stylistic match-up, but there’s definitely unfinished business between Penn and Fitch, and with them both being closer to a title shot than Shields right now, that’s the fight that makes the most sense.
November is a long time away though, and the UFC may be keen to get Penn back in action before then so it’ll be interesting to see what happens next.