- GEORGES ST. PIERRE READY FOR PENN; IS SILVA NEXT?

October 11, 2008
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by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
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UFC welterweight champion Georges
St. Pierre won his fight with UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn by a razor’s
edge.

 

Their UFC 58 battle was
another example in a running debate amongst mixed martial arts fans – should
the most damaged fighter be declared the loser? St. Pierre definitely lost in
that department – he spent a night in a Las Vegas hospital, badly banged
up – but two judges ruled he had come out ahead on points, giving him the
29-28 nod.

 

Two-and-a-half years removed
from that important bout, St. Pierre wants to eliminate all the "what ifs."
In a recent video
interview with MMAWeekly.com
, he spoke about fighting Penn for a second
time.

 

“I’m a different fighter than
I used to be,” he said. “And he is as well. This time, I want to take him out.
I don’t want to go to a decision. I want to finish him.”

 

The fight is not signed yet,
but St. Pierre thinks it will be sometime in the next week.

 

He left for Albuquerque, N.M.
to get some training in with Greg Jackson’s camp. Right now, he’s gathering
information from a variety of sources before putting it all together in an
MMA-only environment.

 

St. Pierre’s countryman and
teammate, Patrick Cote, is neck deep in his preparation for Anderson Silva at
UFC 90. The fight poses an interesting question for St. Pierre’s future. He has
previously said he would be open to going up a weight division to face Silva.
Given he won’t fight his teammate, would another Penn victory push him towards
the middleweight champion?

 

“A lot of people have been
challenging me so far,” he said. “I have a lot of friends at 185. To tell you
the truth, I’m not afraid of challenging nobody at 185. I’m very confident in
myself.

 

“I think I can do pretty well
(against Silva). I think I’m a different fighter than all the guys who have
fought him in the past. There’s only one way to find out.”

 

These are the questions for
three champions dominant in their respective weight groups.

 

St. Pierre says a lot of
stars would have to be in alignment for a Silva fight to happen, and Penn is
more than enough for now. If and when they square off on the 31st of January,
St. Pierre wants to be the one doing the most damage.

 

“It’s a fight that everybody
wants to see, including myself,” he said.

 

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INTERVIEW WITH GEORGES ST. PIERRE