BJ Titleshot Moved to Superbowl Weekend

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TheFightNetwork.com is reporting that the lightweight matchup between BJ Penn and Sean Sherk or Joe Stevenson has been moved from December 29th’s UFC79: Nemesis to a rumoured event during Superbowl weekend. Not neccesssarily bad news as 79 is already shaping up to be fully loaded (Have the UFC come up with UFCxx: Fully loaded yet?) and the potential lightweight matchup should add to that weekend’s sporting festivities.

Here’s the article:

By Loretta Hunt (loretta@thefightnetwork.com)

Former UFC welterweight champion BJ Penn might not grace the Octagon at Dec. 29’s UFC 79 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The popular Hawaiian lightweight, who once tangled with current UFC light heavyweight fighter Lyoto Machida at heavyweight in Japan’s K-1 HERO’S, might be moved to fight a month later during UFC’s Super Bowl weekend festivities.

Penn (11-4-1) will face either UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (31-2-1) or contender Joe Stevenson (28-7-1). On Oct. 31, Sherk appeals a yearlong suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission for steroid use following his successful July 7 title defense over Hermes Franca (18-6) at UFC 73 in Sacramento, Calif. If Sherk is unable to get a reduced suspension, Stevenson confirmed to The Fight Network last month that he he will step into the role if need be. Xtreme Couture’s Stevenson has lit a fire in the cage since his turn on “The Ultimate Fighter 2,” clocking in four straight victories. In August, Stevenson earned a decisive unanimous decision win over Kurt Pellegrino (10-3) at UFC 74 “Respect.”

Even with the loss of Penn, UFC 79 doesn’t seem devoid of star power. The culmination of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter 6” will see coaches Matt Hughes and Matt Serra collide that night, while it is all but announced that former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell will get his long-awaited match with former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva.

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~ by mmaglobal on October 19, 2007.

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