This is gonna be hard to watch... Penn (my hero) vs. Stevenson (my homie) at UFC 80!
Sun, 2007-11-04 02:04 — Bevois
Joe Daddy confirmed yesterday that he is set to face Baby Jay in January at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England for the interim UFC lightweight title. Joe said the bout was originally talked about as a part of UFC 79 on December 29th in Las Vegas (where he lives and trains), but now the fight has been moved to main event status for the U.K. show.
The winner will take home the interim UFC lightweight title, while current lightweight champion Sean Sherk awaits his final verdict from the California State Athletic Commission, after his positive steroid test stemming from his July 7th title defense against Hermes Franca at UFC 73. Sherk's suspension is currently set to run for one year, which would keep him out of action until July 2008, but the appeal (postponed until November 13th) could result in a reduction or elimination of the suspension depending on the outcome of the hearing.
Penn and Stevenson have long been considered the top contenders for the lightweight title and the bout will be five rounds, just as any regular championship bout. Penn and Stevenson have the utmost respect for each other on both a personal and professional level, as both share the common link of Marc Laimon. Penn is a longtime friend and training partner of Laimon's through Nova União, while Stevenson is one of Laimon's top students.
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