Jon Fitch to BJ Penn: “I Thought You Were a Man of Principle”

Written by Tom Ngo
July 12th, 2011

In true Jon Fitch fashion, the former welterweight top contender is not gonna go down without a fight. After getting shoved aside – for no apparent reason – in favor of a proposed BJ Penn vs. Carlos Condit matchup at UFC 137, Fitch jumped on his Twitter account and proceeded to question Penn’s character.

After an initial cordial exchange with Penn where the two arranged a rematch, the Hawaiian claimed UFC matchmaker Joe Silva told him the “fans don’t want it and I’m not interested.” Condit immediately pounced on the opportunity and challenged Penn to a scrap.

“@bjpenndotcom sounds like the fans want it to me. Either way we will meet again,” Fitch wrote in response to Penn’s remarks.

Fitch then went on to re-tweet numerous posts from fans demanding ‘Penn vs. Fitch II.’ When asked if he believed Penn was AFRAID to fight him again, Fitch flatly stated, “I can’t think of another reason he wouldn’t fight me.”

After a couple of solid hours on the social media network, Fitch suggested Penn wasn’t the class act Fitch once believed him to be.

“@bjpenndotcom you broke my heart, I thought you were a man of principle,” Fitch posted early Tuesday morning.

Although the UFC has yet to confirm Penn’s October 29th shootout with Condit, it’s understandable why Fitch is feeling like the odd man out. With fellow welterweight studs Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger slated to headline “UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou,” it’s unclear where the move would leave Fitch.

Fitch and Penn fought to a highly controversial draw at UFC 127.  Much has changed within the division since their initial top contender tango, including Condit’s emergence. To no fault of his own, it appears Fitch may be on the outside looking in the way this situation is unraveling.

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