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Penn v Condit official for outstanding UFC 137 card

ESPN staff
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October 29 will prove an enormously important date for the welterweight division after the UFC officially confirmed that Carlos Condit will meet the legendary BJ Penn at UFC 137.

Quite simply, October has become a month not to be missed. Matchmaker Joe Silva has put together a stacked UFC 136 featuring two championship fights, and that Houston event will be equalled for sheer quality by UFC 137 in Las Vegas.

The headline act is UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre's superfight with Strikeforce king Nick Diaz. Prior to that showdown, Mirko Cro Cop could be fighting his last fight against Roy Nelson in the heavyweight division, which also features a huge-hitting slugfest between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo.

The card also boasts the UFC debut of No. 2-rated featherweight Hatsu Hioki, as well as an explosive lightweight battle between Dennis Siver and Sam Stout.

However, the co-main event has only just been confirmed, with the winner of Carlos Condit and BJ Penn more-than-likely to get the next title shot in the welterweight division. Condit is coming off Knockout of the Night wins over Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim, while Penn has beaten Matt Hughes and drawn with Jon Fitch in his last two fights.

Penn is the only man still fighting in the UFC to have held belts at two different weight classes, and his legendary career has been such that it would be impossible to argue against him getting another crack at St-Pierre, should both men win at UFC 137.

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