A rumored bout between top welterweights B.J. Penn and Carlos Condit is now official to co-headline UFC 137, which takes place on October 29 in Las Vegas and features a main event between UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.
UFC President Dana White confirmed yesterday that both fighters have verbally agreed to face each other in the night’s co-main event after arranging the matchup on Twitter earlier this week.
Penn (16-7-2), the former lightweight and welterweight champion, was long expected to face Jon Fitch in the wake of their draw at UFC 127 until drawing Condit instead. Since falling short in his bid to reclaim the lightweight title from Frankie Edgar at UFC 118, “The Prodigy” has made a successful jump to welterweight by knocking out Hall of Famer Matt Hughes and battling Fitch to a hard-fought draw.
Condit (27-5) has won four straight bouts since losing to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut. After defeating Jake Ellenberger by split decision, “The Natural Born Killer” has finished Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, and Dong Hyun Kim in impressive fashion.
The winner of Condit-Penn will be keeping a close eye on GSP-Diaz, as they’re sure to have their sights set on a shot at the welterweight title.