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BJ Penn Wants to Extend Florian’s Wait

BJ Penn

BJ Penn

Despite recent indications from Dana White that Kenny Florian may finally get his long overdue shot at the Lightweight Title in June, Sherdog is now reporting that may not be the case. They recently spoke to BJ’s brother and manager, who indicated BJ wants to take a little more family time before his next fight claiming that, “It’s too close to BJ’s last fight, he wants to spend time with his baby.” The elder Penn went on to say, “We are still negotiating the fight. No date [is] scheduled, but we are thinking late July or early August.”

They also spoke with Kenny Florian, and the article mentioned some of his side of the situation:

“I talked to my manager Joe Cavallaro today and [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva told him June 13,” Florian said to on Monday. “That was the date they wanted because they wanted it to be the main event and the only main event. That’s what fight made the most amount of sense for June 13. July [11, UFC 100] apparently is backed up, so July’s probably out of the question, and August…”

Though it’s far from finalized and the promotion will have the final say in determining the bout’s date, an even-handed Florian (11-3) said he’d be willing to wait if he had to, especially if it meant it would produce Penn at his best.

“For me, it’s the fight that I want and it’s the fight he wants and we both need to come to terms on it, so if that’s what I need to do to make it happen, if I have to wait, then I have no choice,” he said.

Florian, 32, said he could adjust his training as needed. Still, a postponed date would effect the Boston native in a way the affluent Penn family never has to worry about.

“Schedule-wise it makes it a little difficult because money-wise, you expect a certain amount to come in and I’ve been trying to budget things accordingly,” said Florian, who earned $80,000 for his last win. “It might be a little tougher now.”

This particular writer certainly hopes that these details can be ironed out, and that this fight can happen sooner rather than later, for the sake of the fans, as well as for Florian’s bank account.


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