by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
When ‘The Prodigy’ BJ Penn was brought out on the UFC 56: ‘Full Force’ pay-per-view broadcast and the announcement was made that he was back in the UFC, George St. Pierre’s well earned rematch with Matt Hughes for the welterweight championship hit a roadblock that detoured his title shot through former UFC Welterweight Champion, BJ Penn.
BJ Penn broke the news on MMAWeekly Radio a couple of weeks back that he would fight St.Pierre in March. BJ Penn has signed the deal in the past 24 hours and the fight will take place.
“I would prefer to fight Matt Hughes for a title shot, but now I fight BJ Penn,” St. Pierre recently told MMAWeekly Radio about his next match. On a four fight win streak over some big names: Sean Sherk, Frank Trigg, Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller, and Dave Strasser; George hopes to add another impressive name to his hit list and extend his winning streak.
The confident and always respectable St. Pierre stated, “I’m a professional fighter. I’m not afraid of nobody. I think the opponent was set for that fight because he’s one of the top welterweights, and some people think he’s the top welterweight right now, so it’s a big honor for me to fight him.”
George didn’t know the exact date of the match with Penn, but narrowed it down to “March or April.”
BJ Penn is one of the most respected Mixed Martial Artists in the world and has become a seasoned veteran. ‘The Prodigy’ nickname seems to be more suited for the 24 year old George St. Pierre these days than BJ Penn, although Penn is only a few days over 27.
This has the makings of an epic bout written all over it, one of those rare matches in MMA history that only the future will reveal it’s true importance. No matter who wins, something makes me think there will be a rematch somewhere down the line. I’m going to go out on a limb and saying we’ll be talking about this match as a fight of the year candidate for 2006.