- PENN MOVING TO 170 REGARDLESS OF UFC 87 OUTCOMES

August 8, 2008
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by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn first fought at UFC 58, more than two years ago. Penn dominated the first round but lost a close split decision to the Canadian mixed martial arts superstar. Penn confirmed to MMAWeekly that he expects to be back in the octagon in Dec. against the winner of St-Peirre and Jon Fitch at UFC 87. But UFC president Dana White is not so sure.

“I don’t think he’ll get the winner of Fitch and GSP, said the UFC president. “He wants to fight GSP if GSP wins the title. GSP has a win over him. He wants to try to beat GSP. I don’t think he’d move up if Fitch won.”

Penn disagrees, commenting, “I’d feel okay facing anyone for the welterweight title.”

“Jon Fitch is a great opponent, a tough opponent, but St. Pierre brings the whole backing of Canada with him to a fight,” stated Penn. “Fan base, this sport, it’s entertainment. It would be great to put on a big fight with me and St-Pierre, but then again, it’s about me fighting the best fighter and if Fitch goes down and proves he’s the best fighter, then he’s the man.”

Penn recently told MMAWeekly.com that he wants to bounce back and forth between the 170 and 155 pound weight divisions. “I’d like to fight welterweight and lightweight at the same time if I could,” said the former welterweight champion.

“I’m moving up to the welterweight division and moving down to defend the lightweight title,” stated the UFC lightweight titleholder.

Penn expects his next fight to be at welterweight and to be against the winner of St-Pierre and Fitch. “I’m looking at the Florian/Huerta fight and I’m also looking and the Georges St-Pierre/Jon Fitch fight,” stated the Hawaiian fighter.

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