A previously-reported matchup between UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez won’t headline UFC 105 on November 14 event in Manchester, England, with the 155-pound fight instead slated for an early-November card, the UFC’s third of the month joining UFC 105 and UFC 106 (November 21; Las Vegas).
UFC President Dana White discussed the fight and event at Thursday’s UFC 102 press conference, adding that the card wouldn’t air on Spike TV like UFC 105 nor pay-per-view like UFC 106, but would apparently be the debut of a new broadcast deal to-be-announced, potentially with a network TV partner.
“Penn-Sanchez, but I don’t know where yet. We’re working on a deal right now,” said White. “It definitely won’t be in Manchester.”
“Neither,” White continued when asked whether it would air on Spike or PPV. “Wait and see boys…I’m pretty confident we’re gonna have a deal very, very soon. I like what I’m hearing now more than I ever did before…Once we get the right offer, we will be on network television. We haven’t had the right offer, yet.”
Pictured: Diego Sanchez