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UFC coming to Hawaii w/ or w/o Penn
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According to UFC President Dana White, the plan for the UFC’s first ever show in Hawaii was to have former lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn headline a card at the Aloha Bowl.
Unfortunately when Penn lost to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 last October, the Hawaiian has opted to take some much needed time off and it threw a bit of a monkey wrench into their plans.
“We’re still working on that, but we want to do it. I was kind of hoping to go to Hawaii again and do a B.J. (Penn) fight at the Aloha Bowl, but B.J. wants to take some time off. He’s going to relax for a while,” White revealed about the UFC going to Hawaii.
“We’re coming regardless,” said White. “But that was the fight I really wanted to do there.”
I don't know when they are planning this Hawaii show, but if it's a smaller show a main event between Travis Browne, assuming he beats Griggs, and the winner of Pat Barry v. Lavar Johnson or the loser of JDS v. Overeem would make sense.