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GSP/Penn Fight May Not Happen This Year?


(St. Pierre wants to “do it” — just not right away. Video props to Bloody Elbow.)

In an article written for RDS.ca titled “Jon Fitch est un Terminator” (and translated here by Fightline.com), Georges St. Pierre says he may not return to action until next year:

Many state that my next opponent should be BJ Penn. Nothing has obviously been signed yet, but he is my number one challenger. I believe he deserves a chance to challenge me for my title, but we’ll see what happens on that matter in the next few weeks…

On my end, however, I don’t know if I’ll be stepping back into the Octagon before 2009. I’ve fought four times in the last 12 months. I therefore need some rest. I like the life I lead, but I sometimes need to relax. It’s not the fight as such that’s exhausting; it’s all the preparation that comes with it. I’ve made so many sacrifices to prepare myself. During training camps, I practically do not live anymore. It’s therefore on a psychological level that I need to recharge.

So unless Dana White can bribe/threaten him into changing his mind, the UFC’s New Year’s show may be down one superfight. But no matter when the inevitable meeting goes down, it’s obvious that Penn wants it a hell of a lot more than St. Pierre does. If you watched the end of UFC 87 (video above), you probably picked up on the different vibes displayed by Penn (with his shrill cries of “LET’S DO IT GEORGES, YOU WANNA DO IT!?”) and GSP (who seemingly wants to fight Penn as much as anyone else who “deserve a shot”).

I’d imagine that’s because Penn has a lot more to gain in the matchup. If he loses to St. Pierre, he’s still the lightweight champion, and would be respected for taking on an incredibly talented fighter who’s naturally much larger than him; if he wins, he’s a legend in two weight classes. On the other hand, if GSP loses, then another brief title run has ended, and he drops his belt to a guy he was able to beat just a couple years ago; if he wins, nothing really changes for him. So it’s understandable why he wouldn’t be chomping at the bit to sign the fight agreement.

Though St. Pierre doesn’t talk much about Penn in the RDS.ca article, he does give mad props to Jon Fitch and says he was somewhat (though not completely) impressed with his own performance:

I am very pleased with my performance, but it wasn’t perfect. If I had to rate it from 1 to 10, I’d give it an 8.

What I appreciated the most about this battle is that I went five rounds. It’s the first time I’ve gone this far in a fight and it’s bringing me a lot of experience. It’s a contest that helped me grow, and will make a better fighter of me.

It should be mentioned that I didn’t find it hard to go an extra two rounds, as I am in very good physical shape. However, what I found particularly discouraging was Fitch’s determination. He is a true “Terminator”. As much as I tried to finish him off, he kept coming back. On at least two separate occasions, I was positive that he was completely unconscious, but each time he hit the ground, he got right back up.

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geoniner- October 18, 2008 at 12:10 pm
G.S.P is THE daddy, penn is a clown, what was he doing in the ring after the fight any way, it took the gloss off a very good performance by george, george is doing the right thing and preparing properly.penn is a desperado because george beat him before and he will do it again. wake up big chris
crotchpunch- August 23, 2008 at 11:45 pm
The only way GSP can win is if he gives BJ a chance to let off the trainig for a while, we all know that is BJs downfall, but right now if BJ is in this kind of condition, he is unstoppable. Just look at the way he beat Shrek at his own game
beejames- August 18, 2008 at 1:23 am
GSP did beat Penn but it did not convince me that GSP is the better fighter. GSP was the one who looked like he got his ass whoop. This is one of the main reasons why they should fight again so everyone will see and know who the real better fighter is when they are both on top of there game. I hope this fight can happen at the end of the year or early next year for sure.
Limbo Spice- August 13, 2008 at 7:23 am
I'll fight that muffucka!! I bust his cauliflower ear too dog!!! Word Son.
Bootylam!- August 13, 2008 at 2:39 am
GSP already beat Penn so he has an advantage already. [No matter what anyone says.] BJ is more focused now doesn't mean shit, so is GSP, and seeing as how he already beat BJ once, that just means while it may be a good fight it will probably end up the same way.
ther8ge- August 12, 2008 at 9:58 pm
I like GSP and BJ! I think they're great fighters but GSP is on another level and it'll show in their rematch i think BJ is gonna get his ass handed to him!! i would go as far as sayin BJ has no chance!!!!!
Zaphod- August 12, 2008 at 9:52 pm
Fightline did not translate this, I did. If you look at the end of the translation, I am credited for it.
NECROPHYTE- August 12, 2008 at 7:11 pm
lol!THEY DIDN'T EVEN LET G.S.P FINISH WHAT HE WAS GONNA SAY CUZ H'S FRENCH CNADIAN AND U CAN'T UNDERSTAND HIM
hooligun- August 12, 2008 at 6:55 pm
BJ needs to defend his title 2 more times and GSP 1 more to give some respect to their divisions. Then we can have a "superfight". I don't think an amped up challenger should be in the cage yelling at the champ after a fight but I guess Dana sees the future as a younger demographic, like WWE has?
BIG CHRIS- August 12, 2008 at 6:22 pm
GSP didn't look that muck bigger than BJ in that video....I know for a fact that BJ is going to kick the crap out of GSP and GSP knows it. He doesn't want to fight BJ right now, BJ is focused, he knows what he wants to accomplish as a fighter right now and basically he is very dangerous for a guy like GSP....He is going to find every excuse he can to dodge this fight, if it doesn't happen in December it probably won't happen ever.
Shawn- August 12, 2008 at 6:05 pm
"The difference between the 9 to 5 and GSPs schedule is that he has enough money to take a couple of months off and not fight until next year. Give the guy something to fight for. Don’t make him fight a guy who lost twice in a row and ran to 155."

The difference is that he can afford it? Really? Dude, fuck that. That's just silly. Two months off before starting training camp again is more than enough time if he wants to "heal up mentally." If the real reason is "fuck you, I got money and do what I want" then he might as well come out and say it.

Don't make him fight a guy who lost two in a row and ran to 155? Where are you getting you're information? The UFC wanted him at 155; he didn't want to drop. On top of that, simple logic says after you fight for a belt and don't win, chances are you're not getting another shot for a while. When the UFC said "if you drop to 155 and beat Pulver, you get a crack at the belt" that equals more money plus championship gold. Would've been dumb not to take it. On top of that, the loss to GSP was very close and Penn dominated the Hughes fight until he broke a rib.

Look, I love GSP and I love Penn. My problem here is that I love MMA so goddamn much and want to see huge fights like Penn vs GSP. The simple fact is that if this guy wants time off, two months to sit around and eat cheese or whatever it is French-Canadians do is ample time for any person to be away from their profession. Plus, if GSP gets past Penn, his next opponent will be Alves, Koscheck, or Diego depending on how their next fights go. After that fight he probably won't have to defend for another 5-6 months until a new top contender emerges.
ickle- August 12, 2008 at 5:43 pm
and to all the websters please dont spell check me i know i spelled some words wrong.i just didnt want to go back and correct them
ickle- August 12, 2008 at 5:41 pm
bj and gsp 2 would be totally different than the first one.and i would love to see it,but thiago definetly deserves the next shot.face bj penn is a way better fighter than he was the first first fight.his stand up is great and noone compares to him on the ground.im not saying gsp couldnt pull the win off but all im saying is it will be alot more interesting tan the first one.im actually more interested in this fight than gsp v.anderson silva fight.
Anonymous- August 12, 2008 at 4:46 pm
As much as i want the fight to happen this year, i agree sometimes you do need time off especially after fighting 4 fights. Some fans might not know how much time and effort goes into training.
Jonas- August 12, 2008 at 4:14 pm
I cant figure out what all the whine is about.

How can you cry over a potential fight between GSP and BJ? Thats a dream matchup if there ever was one. The first fight between theese two fellas wasnt that great, mostly because of BJ. Now that he has began to take fighting seriously it will be a different kind of show.

Last fight BJ was slow even in the first round and from what I can remember BJ pushed GSP around and smashed his face for the first round. Then the conditioning of GSP took over and BJs failed and it was done.

Next time they meet BJ will win, and not by a lucky punch or something silly as that. He will dominate GSP and I bet everyone knows that. And everyone knows that if BJ, with all the talent he has, if he puts his mind into this and keep training that he has been doing then there will probably be no stopping him in either 155 or 170.


Oh and do you really think they just let BJ walk up in the Octagon? You dont think it was some kind of a PR for a possible rematch by the UFC? Sad so sad to see all the haters.
Plain old Kevin- August 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm
I also recall reading foolish posts about GSP being indecisive and the mic incident was brought up. Well seeing it again obviously shows that he wanted to thank various people and maybe even mention an after-party to get some more dough. That mother sucker BJ had to steal his thunder and took that time from him. Penn now owes GSP at least 30k so maybe he can just ask his mommy for the money.
Plain old Kevin- August 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm
GSP just got done fighting 5 rounds and a prick steps into the ring to setup another fight. Fighting 4 times in a year is pretty good and he deserves as much time off as he wants. The difference between the 9 to 5 and GSPs schedule is that he has enough money to take a couple of months off and not fight until next year. Give the guy something to fight for. Don't make him fight a guy who lost twice in a row and ran to 155. Especially since GSP is one of those losses. Penn is a big fat blood-licking joke and GSP will smash his face no matter how long they have to wait.
xFenixKnightx- August 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm
Although I do think it would be a good fight I already know the outcome. GSP is gonna dominate him. I just watched GSP vs Penn 1 and it was pretty decisive that GSP won 2 rounds to 1. If you look at it you can see that GSP is in way better form now overall too. Hes also way bigger now as well. I personally would rather see Thiago Alves VS GSP. Now thats someone who I think can give GSP a run for his title. They are both stacked physically and I just think it would be more entertaining. We shall see...
Shawn- August 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm
I don't see why GSP can't take time off AND be ready by December. If GSP were to relax for the rest of August and September and resume a training camp mid-October, he would still have time for a 10 week training camp, not including fight week. I think we can all agree that the constant daily grind has to take a toll on a fighter, especially those at the elite level. At the same time, this is your full time job buddy. Most of us in the 9-5 daily grind don't get to pick and choose a few months out of the year to "relax" while still being able to make money doing promotional work. Basically this guy has time for a two month vacation before he would have to resume training camp.
Aryan- August 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm
oh my god is bj wearing the fagy emo pants? what a fuckin fag i hope gsp beats him into a fuckin coma just for that..i was starting to like him
Ron- August 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm
No. It's not that GSP doesn't want the fight, but he's not gonna act like a complete clown in the right.

BJ reminded me a drunk loser outside a bar who is yelling at some guy 'u wanna do this.. huh punk?'

then gets the living fuck beat out of him.
Markdog- August 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm
Does Dana roll his eyes at B.J. when he steps up to the mic?
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