UFC 63 Ultimate Fighting Championship sees withdraw of Georges St. Pierre and replaced with BJ Penn. After a groin pull forced top 170 pound contender Georges St. Pierre to withdraw from his September 23rd UFC 63 rematch with UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California real estate, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was faced with a dilemma. Who could possibly challenge the champ on short notice and still get fight fans excited, the last man to beat Hughes, BJ Penn.
And as one of the top fighters in the world, pound for pound, Penn eagerly accepted the opportunity to make it 2-0 against the premier welterweight of this era.
“I thrive on these big fights, I thrive on pressure, and that’s when I perform my best,” said Penn, who was already in training for an October UFC Ultimate Fighting Challenge bout when he got the call to replace St. Pierre.
For his part, Hughes -who has defended his crown eight times over two reigns - would like nothing better than to settle an old score with Hawaii’s ‘Prodigy’.
“Now I’ve got something to really look forward to. I’ve already beat Georges and here I get to fight BJ Penn, a guy who’s beaten me.”
In 2004, Penn, a highly regarded lightweight UFC contender at the time, scored one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts history when he rose 15 pounds in weight to tackle and beat Matt Hughes in his first-ever welterweight bout. The end came at 4:39 of the first round when Penn forced Hughes to tap out due to a rear-naked choke.
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UFC 63 Ultimate Fighting Championship sees withdraw of St. Pierre replaced with BJ Penn.