Less than a month after fighting to a controversial draw at UFC 127, former champion BJ Penn and fellow contender Jon Fitch are set to meet again in a featured welterweight matchup at UFC 132 on July 2 in Las Vegas.
The UFC announced the rematch on Thursday, and also confirmed a showdown between top lightweights George Sotiropoulos and Evan Dunham for the UFC 132 fight card.
“[Penn and Fitch will] look to keep it out of the hands of the judges this time,” said UFC President Dana White.
In their first meeting on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia, Penn got off to a strong start and threatened with submissions in the opening rounds, but Fitch landed the most damage of the bout in a dominant third frame. In the end, the fight was scored a majority draw with a pair of 28-28 scores to Fitch’s one 29-28 tally.
Penn (16-7-2) previously rebounded from back-to-back losses to lightweight champ Frankie Edgar with a 21-second KO of Matt Hughes in November, while Fitch (23-3-1) had won five-straight since losing to welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
Meanwhile, Sotiropoulos (14-3) dropped a unanimous decision to Dennis Siver at UFC 127 after nearing a title shot with seven-straight UFC wins, while Dunham (11-2) lost a controversial decision to Sean Sherk before suffering a first-round TKO to Melvin Guillard in January.
Pictured: BJ Penn and Jon Fitch