B.J. Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
B.J. Penn will reportedly defend his UFC lightweight title against “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez in a bout that will likely headline UFC 105, which is slated to take place on November 14 in Manchester, England.
The news comes from UK-based Fighters Only Magazine, which reports that Sanchez has been offered the title shot but nothing is official at the moment. Both Penn and Sanchez expressed interest in facing each other in recent weeks.
UFC President Dana White stated that Sanchez would receive the next lightweight title shot following Penn’s fourth-round submission of Kenny Florian at UFC 101 earlier this month. The win was Penn’s fourth straight since returning to the UFC’s lightweight division and his second straight title defense. Penn’s first defense came against Sean Sherk, who he stopped via strikes at UFC 84 last May.
Despite posting an 8-2 record in the UFC’s welterweight division, Sanchez opted to move down to lightweight where he has enjoyed immediate success. After dominating in a three-round affair against Joe Stevenson in February, Sanchez grinded out a hard-fought split decision over fellow lightweight contender Clay Guida in his most recent bout in June.
Additional bouts expected to take place at UFC 105 include a middleweight clash between Michael Bisping and Denis Kang, a welterweight bout pitting Dan Hardy against Dong Hyun Kim, and the first non-“TUF” fight for season nine winner James Wilks.
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