UFC 132: Carlos Condit Should Step In to Challenge BJ Penn

Michael Evans@@MikeEvansMMACorrespondent IIIApril 7, 2011

BJ Penn is now in need of an opponent for UFC 132 after Jon Fitch was forced to withdraw from the anticipated bout with an injury. 

After a draw in February, both Penn and Fitch wanted this rematch badly.  But, in combat sports, often fighters are injured in training, and this is what has happened. 

Jon Fitch hurt his knee and now Penn is left without an opponent. 

BJ is still planning on fighting that night, but the window of time to find useful opposition is closing. 

The fight is a mere three months away, and anyone who is willing to take on BJ Penn will want ample time to prepare. 

My pick would be Carlos Condit.  Condit has shown heart, guts and a willingness to fight any type of UFC opponent. 

After suffering a split decision loss to Martin Kampmann in a “fight of the night” performance, Condit has put together three straight wins. 

The two latest bouts include a come-from-behind technical knockout win over rising star Rory MacDonald, and a devastating knockout of former title challenger Dan Hardy in October. 

Condit is now healthy after rehabbing an ailing knee, and he is ready for action. 

Both Penn and Condit like to keep fights standing. Neither man has ever backed down from a challenge.  This has the recipe to be a great fight. 

BJ has voiced that he plans to retire from the sport soon.  Condit is the type of guy that will bring greatness out of him.  They will bring the fight out in each other. 

This has the makings of a fight we could see on a future "Best of" compilation. 

This is a great matchup and would be a huge test for both men. 

It is just a possibility at this point, but it is one that I hope comes true as a fan of this great sport.