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Kenny Florian announces signing of BJ Penn fight

Kenny Florian (13-3) announced today that he has signed the contract to fight BJ Penn (13-5-1) at UFC 101 on August 8 in Philadelphia.

Here is what the number one UFC lightweight title contender wrote in today's newsletter release: [blockquote] I have some exciting news to share with you. Accordingly, I am happy to announce that I will be fighting BJ Penn on August 8th in Philadelphia, PA at UFC 101 for the UFC Lightweight title. I signed the fight contract over the weekend.

Fans in Boston and on the East Coast have been going nuts knowing that the UFC is coming back to our side of the states. Fighting in Philadelphia will be an amazing experience! I have many, many friends in the Philadelphia area.

How can I NOT think about one of my favorite movies "Rocky" when you mention the "City of Brotherly Love"? Philly is home to such boxing legends as Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins - so we all know it is a true fighting town. Like Boston, Philly is recognized for its world-class institutions, passionate sports fans and hard working people.

It's going to be my first time fighting on the East Coast for the UFC and I will be training hard to represent my "Beast Coast" fans! My training camp will begin in June and then it will be full steam ahead till August.

The e-mails have been pouring in and I really appreciate the huge support from my fans all over the world.

BJ Penn has been a wrecking machine at 155lbs and I guarantee that our fight will showcase MMA at its highest level.

Stay safe and stay with the Flo!! - Kenny