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MattHughesRocks 08-28-2009 03:57 AM

White confirms Penn V Sanchez
UFC president Dana White on Thursday said a third UFC event was in the works for November, featuring a headlining bout between lightweight champion B.J. Penn and Diego Sanchez.

What may really peak interest is that he said the event was neither a pay-per-view nor a Spike televised affair, lending credence to strong speculation of a long coveted network television deal.

“Wait and see boys... if I can pull this one off,” he said.

Penn last week confirmed that his next challenge would be against Sanchez, though he declined to name the time and place of the fight. Earlier this week, Penn and his representatives met with UFC officials for undisclosed contract negotiations.

Despite several reports that said UFC 105 – expected for Nov. 14 at the Manchester Evening News Arena – was the bout’s destination, White said Penn’s rumored dislike of fighting in the U.K. did not influence the decision to create a third event.

“B.J. doesn’t want to fight anywhere,” said White. “B.J. doesn’t want to fight in Las Vegas because he didn’t like the decision, and then when they called ‘The BJ Penn rule,’ now he likes Las Vegas and wants to fight. Dude, please, don’t even get me started.”

Rumors of an impending UFC deal with a major television network have been in heavy rotation this month. On a conference call announcing a deal between the promotion and the U.K. wing of ESPN, White said his company was currently fielding interest from one or possibly more network stations.

"We've never had more interest than right now," said White. "Obviously, I think all the hard work we've done over nine years and UFC 100 had a big part in it, too. I'm pretty confident we're gonna have a deal very, very soon. I like what I'm hearing now more than I ever did before."

Yet White declined to say how close a deal was.

que 08-28-2009 03:58 AM

diego and friends approve

Chuck 08-28-2009 04:08 AM

Love to see a network deal but I think that would be a pretty weak fight to debut the UFC to a network audience. :huh:

rearnakedchoke 08-28-2009 04:08 AM


Originally Posted by que

LOL .. what was he thinking ...

Chuck 08-28-2009 04:12 AM


Originally Posted by rearnakedchoke
LOL .. what was he thinking ...

CHITOWNHUGHESFAN 08-28-2009 04:30 AM

Nightmare vs Penn in the Aloha Bowl it comes:w00t: .

Vizion 08-28-2009 04:31 AM


Originally Posted by que

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Vizion 08-28-2009 04:40 AM

I am soooooooooooooooo glad for this fight!!!


KENTUCKYREDBONE 08-28-2009 07:18 AM

Sounds like it could be a good fight!

GnP 08-28-2009 08:52 AM

WAR Sanchez :ninja:

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