Will B.J. Penn, Jake Shields Get Their Wish for UFC Fight?

Ever since B.J. Penn's UFC 132 fight with Jon Fitch went up in smoke, fans have been wondering what's next for "The Prodigy." If a Monday exchange on Twitter is any indication, it could be former Strikeforce middleweight and EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields.

@jakeshieldsajj I would never challenge one of Cesar Gracie's guys, but you've been calling me out for years.Let's do it! I'll contact Danaless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Later, Shields, who lost a unanimous decision to UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre last month at UFC 129, would respond:

@bjpenndotcom even better, let's make it the first 5 round non-title fightless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Is this a fight you'd be interested in seeing? Prior to losing to St. Pierre, Shields had won an incredible 15 fights in a row. Penn was impressive against Matt Hughes at UFC 123, but faded late in a tough fight against Fitch at UFC 127.

If this fight does materialize, and it does seem like a practical match to make, it could put the winner right back "in the mix" for a shot at the championship. An extremely relevant fight for the welterweight division at this point.

B.J. Penn (16-7-2)
Draw Jon Fitch - UFC 127
Win Matt Hughes - KO (Punches) UFC 123
Loss Frankie Edgar - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 118

Jake Shields (26-5-1)
Loss Georges St. Pierre - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 129
Win Martin Kampmann - Decision (Split) UFC 121
Win Dan Henderson - Decision (Unanimous) Strikeforce: Nashville

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