POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2010
B.J. Penn will get his wish.
Saying he wanted to fight as often as possible, Penn will return to the cage less than three months after his last fight to take on Matt Hughes in the co-main event of UFC 123 on Nov. 20 in Detroit.
Penn (15-7-1) will move back up to welterweight for the first time since a loss to Georges St-Pierre in January of 2009.
It'll be the third meeting between the two, with each fighter holding a victory over the other.
Penn submitted Hughes (46-7) at UFC 46 in 2004, choking him out in the first round to win his first UFC world title.
He left the company following that win and came back in 2006, losing to Hughes at UFC 63 by TKO in the third round.
"The co-main event is Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn, two of the best fighters in UFC history," UFC president Dana White said in a press release yesterday. They have both beat each other and jumped at the opportunity to fight a third time."
Penn is on a two-fight losing streak, following consecutive five-round decisions against current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
He also has lost his last three fights at 170 pounds, losing to St-Pierre twice and Hughes.
Hughes lost three of four bouts after beating Penn, but has since piled up three straight victories, including a win over Ricardo Almeida.