Court Sides with Zuffa Against BJ Penn

Oct 1, 2004
LAS VEGAS, NEV., September 30, 2004…The scheduled Ultimate Fighting Championshipâ welterweight title fight between former champion Matt Hughes (37-4-0) from Hillsboro, Ill., and Georges St. Pierre (7-0-0) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, will come off as scheduled October 22 at UFC 50: War Of 04 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, following the recent (Tuesday, Sept. 28) ruling by a Clark County (Nev.) judge that denied a motion by former champion BJ Penn that sought to prevent the title bout.

Clark County (Nev.) District Court Judge Ken Cory denied the motion and an official court order concerning the denial will be issued in the near future.

“The judge listened to hours of legal arguments and testimony, then ruled that BJ did not have the right to stop the UFC welterweight championship from taking place on October 22. We are pleased that the judge did not allow BJ to use the court system to prevent us from conducting our business,” said Dana White, UFC president. “We have no hard feelings towards BJ and wish him well with his career in K-1.”

Penn won the UFC welterweight title January 31 in Las Vegas with a first-round, tap out victory over Hughes. But he then signed a contract to fight in K-1, an international kickboxing organization.
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