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BJ vs. GSP for Welterweight Strap + More UFC News

(Penn and St. Pierre during their first fight at UFC 58 in 2006, which GSP won by split decision. Photo courtesy of Brawl Sports.)

Though Dana White has previously stated that the UFC 94 superfight between BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre would be a non-title bout, Dave Meltzer is reporting that the UFC has changed their mind, and GSP’s welterweight title will be on the line. This would give Penn the opportunity to be the first UFC fighter to hold championships in two different weight divisions at the same time. Of course, he’ll have to win a five-round fight against St. Pierre to do so, which ain’t gonna be easy. UFC 94 is slated to go down in Las Vegas on January 31st, and will also feature the much-anticipated light-heavyweight scrap between Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva. In other UFC news…

— If Anderson Silva makes it out of Saturday’s fight against Patrick Cote unscathed, he could possibly fight again at UFC 92 on December 27th, a card that’s already stacked with heavyweight and light-heavyweight title fights, as well as the match between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva. Josh Koscheck may have a quick turnaround as well.

Brock Lesnar will be profiled in a segment on ESPN’s E:60 tonight at 7 p.m. ET., in which he discusses, among other things, his disappointment in not making it in the NFL and his minor addiction to booze and pills.

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dude- October 21, 2008 at 8:57 pm
Koscheck ain't got nothing on GSP. Penn vs. GSP is gonna be a hella of a fight! With GSP taking the win. Don't get me wrong. Penn is the better striker (and better BJJ practioner) but GSP is awesome on the ground. His wrestling skills have improved dramatically and I just don't see Penn having his way with him.

I'm a big fan of Lyoto Machida and his win over Tito opened up alot of eyes (Tito's still got alot of fight in him!). Before Machida's transition to the UFC he was a very aggressive fighter (Look up his fight against Stephan Bonner) and now his fights go the distance. He's still aggressive, but only if he has to be. I think Thiago Silva is gonna bring out that beast again and everyone's gonna realize he deserves that title shot that Dana doesn't wanna give him (cause he's a "boring fighter") just as much as anyone else. I'm with Dana White as far as fighters needing to be aggressive (hence the fight of the night and submission bonuses) but you can't do this to Machida, give him a shot.
daisey- October 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm
ever hear of stud named cung le? elite is gone,love to see him break silvas arm with kicks, like he did to the best know frank,but what would a lady know.
Anonymous- October 21, 2008 at 4:31 am
I'm a GSP fan, but i gotta be real. He's probably the only one right now that can give Anderson Silva a Run for his money, but Silva would BeAT GSP soundly.
Lee- October 21, 2008 at 1:18 am
It seems pretty weird to me that GSP's belt should be on the line but BJ's not. Seems to make more sense to me if they just fought at a catchweight for 3 rounds. It'll still be the same massive draw, and you won't screw over either division.
alan- October 20, 2008 at 9:00 pm
this fight is gonna be so awsome but the thing is how could the welterweight belt be on the line and if penn wins hes the new welterweight champ by only beating gsp? how does that make sense? anyone care to answer?
Yarg- October 20, 2008 at 7:33 pm
As much as we all want to see GSP step on Penn the UFC is treating the other 155 ers like shit. There are a bunch of 155'ers that deserve shots at the title and really should get them. Not much of a champ if you don't defend your title now are you ? Keep in mind I'm a huge Penn fan I just think the idea of this fight at this time isn't smart at all.

The GSP vrs Silva would be a tad different seeing as they don't have real honest to goodness contenders in their devisions. Maybe if Penn tore through his own devision first it would make more sense but right now its a step backwards not forward.
Roo- October 20, 2008 at 6:33 pm
GSP will beat Penn and GSP will beat Silva. What is Silva's number 1 weakness? It's the same as GSP's number 1 strength. Wrestling. With a good gameplan GSP can beat Anderson. Aside from this GSP has great stand up and jiu-jitsu (black belt in both) so unless he stands in the pocket with Anderson, he will be allright.
Agonistes- October 20, 2008 at 6:05 pm
how the UFC defines their contender status is easily one of the most fucked up situations on the planet, and i'll also admit that without beating franklin, hendo or okami, cote is kind of in a weird spot as the number one contender. but they made a huge deal out of marquardt when he had his title shot, and he hadn't beaten a contender at that point either. as for beating bisping, i really don't think that would prove anything, bisping is new to the middleweight division and his "biggest" win to date was a drawn out tactical win over leben. and for cote avenging his loss to leben, i honestly say there's nothing to avenge there. that decision to me ranked as one of the top 5 crappiest decisions in mma history. was right up there with the bisping over hamill decision, but that's just me.
i admit whole heartedly to being a bit of a cote nuthugger, but that aside, i seriously think he's got a much better chance of beating silva than people are giving him credit for, and he definitely deserves the shot at the strap.
Extreeeeeeeme- October 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm
GSP is going to hammer Penn.

Now i'm going to get some fucking Mountain Dew.
Farthammer- October 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm
The columnists are cool at Yahoo, but yes. The commenters are the most awful humans on earth.
FilmDrunk- October 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm
Does anyone give half a shit about the prospect of another Koscheck-GSP fight?
Kevbo- October 20, 2008 at 4:21 pm
Penn ran to 155 because he lost 2 in a row. Nough said!
bird-dog- October 20, 2008 at 4:07 pm
i just want to take this time to say that the people that comment on msn and yahoo are about as ignorant and misinformed on mma as you can get... and talking to them is about as painful going to take a dump in the woods and getting your balls caught in a beartrap....
Geriatric Peon- October 20, 2008 at 4:00 pm
ADW - Do you think he can still cut to 170? Not trying to be sarcastic because I think that would be insanely impressive since he says he walks around at like 215 and that would be hell to cut. More power to him if he can but I doubt he was walking around at 215 when he fought at 170.
ADW- October 20, 2008 at 3:52 pm
Anderson Silva can make 170. he has fought at 170 before.

And I do believe that BJ is going to beat GSP. They are both better fighters now than they were before.. but BJ's mental game is better. BJ comes to the Octagon ready to murder poeple while GS has a hard time keeping his head straight. BJ is not going to gas on this one and GSP is going to be in for a ass whoopin.

I also see why this fight makes sense. It is hard for the UFC to sell any fights for BJ or GSP in their weightclasses. I personally don't see anybody and 155 giving BJ a run at all. He would kick the crap out of Kenny Florian, Tyson Griffen or anybody else and GSP would dominate most people at 170. Having them fight is a great way to have an entertaining and challenging fight.
Armbreaker- October 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm
GSP is the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Dan Henderson exposed Anderson Silva's weakness in the first round of their fight. Then Dan got sloppy and decided to trade strikes with Silva in the second round (big mistake). I think GSP will defeat BJ Penn, and then I would love to see GSP fight Anderson Silva.
Jugger- October 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

How Cote gets a title shot without beating Ace, Hendo, Okami, Bisping, or even avenging his loss to Leben is kinda weird. I'm not hatin'. I'm betting he's the only guy willing to step up at this point considering 3 of the 5 aforementioned fighters have already been raped by Silva.

He's only the #1 contender because everybody else has gotten their butts kicked.
TUF Guy- October 20, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Just got back from benchpressing 275 lbs. I feel amazing, the enhancers I took are still giving me an out of body experience. I am about to go have lunch and intimidate a few little mexicans or bangalis.

Talk to you guys later.
Geriatric Peon- October 20, 2008 at 3:10 pm
Cote isn't the number one contender, Yushin is but he broke his hand. Cote is what is available. Cote isn't even in the Sherdog top 10 at 185.
boober- October 20, 2008 at 3:08 pm
i think bj should have to beat fitch before he geta shot at the title
Agonistes- October 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm
i can only imagine how pissed off cote is at all of these reports and shit. he's the number one contender for the title, and no one is taking him seriously. hell, even the UFC management didn't think enough of him to make him sign a new contract before his title fight. now fucking dana is saying that not only is he so sure that silva is going to beat cote, he's so sure that silva isn't even going to get so much as a cut or a sprain that he's scheduling him to fight again in two months. that is some fucked up disrespectful shit right there.
the UFC is basically building a whole future around silva right now, planning out all these fights way in advance for him, more fights at 205 and a superfight with gsp... all i can say is that karma is a bitch guys. silva is getting laid out, opening minute of the second round. you heard it here first.
Toner- October 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm
OK... so Koscheck wins his fight and Dana give him another title shot...

what about a shot at the 185 belt on Dec 27th vs Silva??? That's a fight I'd get pumped for, I don't really want to see GSP vs Koscheck II
Geriatric Peon- October 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm
shitwhistle - mine was a response to anonymous and didn't regard to them making weight for the weigh in's it had to do with putting the belt up for the fight just like your response to anonymous.
shitwhistle- October 20, 2008 at 2:57 pm
@ anonymous - it all depends at which weight they're fighting. At welter, GSP's belt would be up. At light, Penn's.

@ Peon - If both contenders don't make weight, of course the belt stays with the champ.

I'm only elevin. (hence my misspelling of my age)
Acrocerid- October 20, 2008 at 2:47 pm
I can't decide which would be better...seeing BJ cry again after he loses to GSP for a second time, or actually getting to see the all out war that would be GSP vs. Silva.