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Penn Prepping for Year-End Fight — With or Without GSP

Just as Kenny Florian won’t be sitting on the bench until BJ Penn decides to give him a title shot, Penn also wants to get another fight in by the year’s end, even though Georges St. Pierre has said he doesn’t plan on returning to the Octagon until 2009. According to a report by MMA News, BJ’s brother JD has confirmed that the UFC’s lightweight champ is back in the gym and training for a fight in December, and his fight against GSP will likely be pushed back until February 2009 when the UFC holds it’s Superbowl Weekend card.

So maybe a Penn/Florian title fight at the end of the year is still a possibility? Then again, JD’s claim that BJ will fight in both late December (against TBA) and early February (against GSP) is so unlikely it’s barely worth discussing.

The good news is, the UFC’s year-end card could wind up being so stacked that it doesn’t even need a high-profile BJ Penn fight in the lineup. Besides the heavyweight title match between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir, NBCSports has suggested that a superfight between Anderson Silva and Chuck Liddell as well as a light-heavyweight title match between Forrest Griffin and Wanderlei Silva are both outside possibilities. (It’s also been reported that the UFC is trying to set up a fight between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva for a November event, despite Silva’s preference to fight on the December card.)

Potentially related: If Tyson Griffin beats Sean Sherk, he wants Kenny Florian next.

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babyjayhassexyshorts- August 19, 2008 at 12:08 pm
Anderson vs Wanderlei will never happen.
KP- August 19, 2008 at 5:59 am
GNP, you are definately right...the Anderson Silva vs Liddell is practically nonsensical considering Liddell's victory over Wanderlai. Giving Wandy a shot at the belt after winning one bout in over a year makes no would be far more interesting for me to see just the opposite. Spider vs Axe murderer and Liddell vs. Griffin is far more entertaining then the alternative/opposite.
GNP4Life- August 18, 2008 at 7:20 pm
Where is nbcsports getting these superfight matchups? A. Silva vs. Liddell, and Wandy vs. Forrest for the strap? If Chuck's fighting in December the only logical opp would be Griffin, IMO
danielle- August 18, 2008 at 7:16 pm
At the last ppv event, BJ was there to hype up his fight with GSP and he looked a lot larger than he normally does. Besides that it's just common sense that he would be prepping to fight at 170 since he thought the fight was going to happen on NYE.
hooligun- August 18, 2008 at 6:28 pm
Well he is already prepping for a fight at 170lbs.

Really? I didn't see mention of 170 (or 155 for that matter) so I assumed if it won't be GSP it will be a title defence. That would mean Florian surely?
danielle- August 18, 2008 at 6:14 pm
Well he is already prepping for a fight at 170lbs.
hooligun- August 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm
Sheesh I'd like to see BJ defend his belt a few times! Call me old fashioned......
danielle- August 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm
I'd like to see BJ fight Jon Fitch.