MMAWeekly with the scoop:
The anticipated showdown between UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn and number one contender Kenny Florian will finally take place. A blog post on Penn's official website stated that Florian has already signed his bout agreement and "as for B.J., we received the bout agreement (Friday) afternoon and plan on making this fight happen."
The post states the bout will headline UFC 101 on Aug. 8 in Philadelphia.
Finally, BJ Penn will defend the UFC lightweight belt he won in 2008(as soon as he apparently signs the bout agreement). This will be the first defense of the belt since defeating former champion Sean Sherk at UFC 84 of last year. I wrote here that I thought the beating Penn took from GSP at UFC 94 would affect his title defense. I still believe that to be the case, and I was one of the few that even gave Florian a chance at beating Penn prior to his UFC 94 performance. This should be an excellent fight, and I expect the build up to this fight to be very good. You have a very good storyline in Florian being a former TUF fighter, going against arguably the best lightweight in the world. A classic teacher versus student type of angle. Give me your thoughts on this one.