Report: BJ Penn wants to fight at UFC Rio in Brazil

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: BJ Penn of the USA walks into the arena before the start of his welterweight bout agains John Fitch of the USA as part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas? No, thanks. Late summer in Brazil? Yes, please.

That's apparently BJ Penn's thought process as he heals up from a recent shoulder injury that knocked him out of the upcoming UFC 132 fight card on July 2.

"The Prodigy" was all set to take on Jon Fitch in a rematch of their hotly contested Feb. 27 bout in Australia; however, Jonny boy injured his shoulder and just recently had successful surgery, knocking him out for no less than six to eight weeks.

Son of a Fitch.

Penn is apparently ready to roll, though, and if he has his way, he'll be back on the UFC 134: "Rio" card on Aug. 27 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. From the Fighters Only report:

"The Prodigy", who has close ties and a strong history with Brazil, is also decided to try and get a fight on the UFC 134 card in Rio. He says he will go to train at the Nova Uniao facility in Rio de Janeiro for a month in advance if he gets a slot on the card.

Because the UFC seems hellbent on filling the card with at least one Brazilian in each contest, can anyone think of a welterweight that fits the bill for that timeframe?

In the event he defeats Rick Story on May 28 at UFC 130, Thiago Alves, perhaps?

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