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BJ Penn Eying Late Summer Return Against Kenny Florian
It now looks like the proposed headline fight between UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn (13-5-1) and top contender Kenny Florian (11-3) at UFC 99 might just have to wait till the end of summer. Penn, who became a father in with the birth of his daughter Aeva last October, wants some family time before defending his lightweight title, according to Sherdog.
BJ Penn’s older brother and manager JD Penn:
“No, it’s too close to BJ’s last fight … He wants to spend time with his baby.”
“We are still negotiating the fight … No date [is] scheduled, but we are thinking late July or early August.”
Kenny’s not to happy:
“I talked to my manager Joe Cavallaro today and [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva told him June 13, … 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…”
“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,”
“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 … It might be a little tougher now.”