by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The life of a champion comes with many challenges including
a seemingly never-ending list of opponents. It appears Ultimate Fighting
Championship welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre already has his next
challenger laying in wait for him.
Following an exciting night of fights at UFC 87, company
president Dana White confirmed to the media in attendance that current
lightweight champion B.J. Penn would move back up to 170 pounds to face St.
Pierre, with most speculation landing the bout on the UFC’s big year-end event
in late December.
“They both really want that fight, they both want to fight
each other,” said
White during the UFC 87 post-fight press conference. “I’m going to let that fight happen and
then I’ll figure out what we’re going to do at 155.”
White said “definitely” that St. Pierre’s next challenge
would come from Penn, but despite rumors circling that the fight could take
place in the champion’s hometown of Montreal, White responded, “probably not.”
St. Pierre, who adamantly stated that he would not duck any
deserving challenger, seemed more than content to put his welterweight
championship on the line with Penn.
“I want to be a real champion, I want to be the best in the
world,” St. Pierre stated. “And to
be the best in the world you need to fight the best in the world and I want to
give a shot to everybody that deserves it. B.J. Penn deserves it, he’s an
Penn was said to be seen in the crowd at UFC 87 cheering on
St. Pierre during his title defense against Jon Fitch. St. Pierre currently holds a win over
Penn in 2006 via split decision.
St. Pierre mentioned during the press conference that many
fighters, including Thiago Alves and EliteXC welterweight champion Jake
Shields, as challengers that have also called him out recently, but Penn will
get the next crack at the title.
“This is a big fight and they both want it and I think
everybody wants to see it,” said UFC president Dana White about the upcoming
bout between St. Pierre and Penn.