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Penn/St. Pierre II Official for Jan. 31st


(“I see you can ‘andle my riddum.”)

In an interview with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Dana White confirmed that BJ Penn and George St. Pierre would have their rematch at the UFC’s Super Bowl weekend event on January 31st, 2009, in Las Vegas. GSP’s welterweight belt will be on the line.

White also confirmed that UFC 91 will be held November 15th in Portland, Oregon, and will indeed feature a lightweight bout between Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson. (We can safely infer now that BJ Penn won’t be fighting again at the end of the year.) When asked about Wanderlei Silva‘s next Octagon appearance, White would only say that the Axe Murderer probably wouldn’t be part of their December 27th event in Las Vegas — which could mean they’re still pushing for him to headline the Portland card against Quinton Jackson, or that they’re extending his hiatus until early ’09.

“We have nothing but big fights left for the rest of the year, but this is so crazy because there are so many of them,” White said. “We’re going to have a retreat on Monday to figure this all out.” Here’s what’s on the dry-erase board at this point…

UFC 88 (September 6th, Atlanta): Liddell/Evans, Franklin/Hamill, Parisyan/Yoshida, Henderson/Palhares

UFC Fight Night 15 (September 17th, Omaha): Diaz/Neer, Danzig/Guida, Alexander/Schafer, Lauzon/Bradley

UFC 89 (October 18th; Birmingham, England): Bisping/Leben, Machida/T. Silva, Jardine/Vera, Sokoudjou/Cane, Carwin/Wain

UFC 90 (October 25th, Chicago): A. Silva/Cote, Sanchez/Alves, Sherk/Griffin, Franca/Tibau

UFC 91 (November 15th, Portland): Florian/Stevenson

The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale (December 13th, Las Vegas): no fights announced yet

UFC 92 (December 27th, Las Vegas): Nogueira/Mir

UFC 93 (January 31st, Las Vegas): Penn/St. Pierre

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Some guy- September 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm
Bispng Wins via TKO
Anonymous- August 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm
Bisping will wipe the floor with Lieben ....
to Acrocerid- August 23, 2008 at 1:06 am
GSP is hands down my favorite fighter...when he fought maniac mike miller i knew he was going to be a great fighter but your bullshit about "You obviously just like swing for the fence brawlers and can’t appreciate technical fighters" is ridiculous...silva is great at 185 but he was gettin his ass handed to him and pulled it off in the second round against hendo...chuck or wanderlei would kick the shit out of silva....so would rampage... sad thing is that i am not even a fan of chuck but he would still win
shutupandfight- August 22, 2008 at 7:55 am
orrrr...Penn taps on a weak choke and yanks out his tampon...lays in the middle of the cage suckin on it like a baby..."Nobody makes me bleed my own blood...NOBODY!".
Jonas- August 22, 2008 at 5:10 am
@ Acrocerid

BJ will come out to his hawaii music and the booing. Then he will play around with GSP for 2 rounds and submit him in the 3rd. The he will be licking the blood of his gloves from that busted face of GSP, savage style.
Acrocerid- August 22, 2008 at 2:36 am
Oh...and I can't wait to see BJ crying at the conclusion of another fight with GSP. Just think what will happen if Pierre doesn't get poked in the eye this time.
Acrocerid- August 22, 2008 at 2:33 am
"he is a great fighter but let him take on wanderlei or rampage or chuck…lights out the show would be over and he would not be so dominating……"

You obviously just like swing for the fence brawlers and can't appreciate technical fighters like Silva or GSP.

Silva would destroy the above mentioned fighters. Why? Because he goes in with a real game plan. He rocks people standing. He submits people on the ground. He knocked out Tony Fryklund with a f*cking 'right back elbow' seamlessly. Chuck and Wanderlei would be perfect for Silva to destroy, he could just dodge their wild punches and finish them on the ground. Why would they be throwing wild punches? Because while Silva is in his prime that's the only way anyone is going to catch him. Meanwhile Wandy and Chuck are past their primes.
The Krout- August 21, 2008 at 9:17 pm
I guess if you call fighting Dan Henderson right away the same thing.
knightrida- August 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm
Exactly. Rampage did the same sht.
The Krout- August 21, 2008 at 8:48 pm
Forrest is smart to not fight too soon. He wants to have the belt for a little while before he loses it right away.
Anonymous- August 21, 2008 at 8:25 pm
Quoting foolishness:
"I love how their pound for pound posterboys (Penn and Silva) fight in an artificially low weight class.."

GSP is FAR bigger at WW than Penn is at LW or Silva is at MW. Are you overlooking him by mistake?

"Lastly, pound-for-pound doesn’t mean that these guys will kick everybody’s ass up and down the weight classes. Pound-for-pound means that these guys are better than those in the division and have accomplished more than their peers in other weight classes, and then compiles it all into a number. By what I deduce from you is that Bob Sapp should be #1 Primo P4P king forever, since the dude is huge, and athletic, and skill be damned, will beats the shit out of an entire army of 155?ers."

I'm not sure where you got your information--or even what you are actually saying here--but p4p was developed [in boxing] to compare skill while negating size advantages fighters may use within a given weight class. So someone who is huge in a given weight class [Griffin and Jackson at LHW, GSP at WW] can be tremendously dominant within their weight classes, but that doesn't correlate to p4p skill.

Sadly legions of ignorant internet fanboys think it does.

The easiest way to look at p4p is this...Pound for Pound is about PURE SKILL: when a smaller fighter beats a larger fighter in a given weight class, They've used skill, they're better p4p. If a larger fighter uses his size/strength to overcome smaller/weaker opponents--potentially even clearing out a division, they should get ranked high in that particular division, but not ranked high p4p.

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knightrida- August 21, 2008 at 6:24 pm
“We have nothing but big fights left for the rest of the year,..."

His rhetoric is getting old. There are 2-3 good fights from now til January, but it's not like this is the best 6 month stretch ever. Come on, if Neer, Cote and Leben are headlining fights....
hooligun- August 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm
Please, no BoringAss multi fight predictions. Thanks. And if you can make the weight then you fight in that division, simple.
Lt. Dan- August 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm
Where the hell is Forrest? He really isn't fighting until after January? Thats quite a break. Or maybe they are just waiting to see if Chuck beats Rashad?
Rob from inside Tito Ortiz's Massive Noggin- August 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm
Saying that it's somehow unfair that Anderson Silva, a 220 pounder naturally, is "ducking" people because he can cut the weight to make 185, is ridiculous. The dieting and weight-cutting is pretty much half the battle of combat sports. That also implies that guys are 155 are less talented, technical and skilled than those at 170 pounds. Or that 185 is not as good a weight class as 205, since Silva wouldn't be "so dominating" if he was fighting tougher opponents.

Lastly, pound-for-pound doesn't mean that these guys will kick everybody's ass up and down the weight classes. Pound-for-pound means that these guys are better than those in the division and have accomplished more than their peers in other weight classes, and then compiles it all into a number. By what I deduce from you is that Bob Sapp should be #1 Primo P4P king forever, since the dude is huge, and athletic, and skill be damned, will beats the shit out of an entire army of 155'ers.
BS- August 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm
Cutting weight is key, but silva walks around at 220....he should be fighting at 205 instead of hiding and fighting at 185....he is a great fighter but let him take on wanderlei or rampage or chuck...lights out the show would be over and he would not be so dominating......
tricky dicky- August 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm
You can always ask tito's melon for clarification - I totally mean they use cocaine enemas to make weight :tard:.

I just mean that to me they aren't the best pound for pound and Dana white is a master marketer like PT barnum.
Rob from inside Tito Ortiz's Massive Noggin- August 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm
@ tricky dicky

"I love how their pound for pound posterboys (Penn and Silva) fight in an artificially low weight class.."

What do you mean? Are you implying that Anderson Silva and BJ Penn somehow aren't 185 & 155 pounders naturally and are somehow "assisted" in making the weight? If so, you're out of your mind. In fights that are sanctioned by SACs, you can't find any schenanigans like that going around. More importantly, it's fighting, it's mma and cutting weight to get into the lowest weight class you can possibly make & still function at is part of that game.
Geriatric Peon- August 21, 2008 at 1:56 pm
Sure Bisping is a dick but I can't believe people think that highly of Leben's abilities
tricky dicky- August 21, 2008 at 1:51 pm
Nothing like White getting overly exuberant in an interview talking about how he's so excited he can't even find words to express it.. That lineup is nowhere near as exciting as he suggests, but of course he has to sell it.

Penn is getting a shot because it will make them a tonne of money, which is fine for a business.

I love how their pound for pound posterboys (Penn and Silva) fight in an artificially low weight class..

With respect to a Florian / Stevenson match talk about a filler. No upside for Florian, and if he loses, the 155 pound division gets cast into similar disarray as some of the others.

But again in reality when does having a legit number one contender stop a title fight, Cote / Silva - Mir / Nog anyone?

This is getting to be like professional wrestling lmao.
UFC fan- August 21, 2008 at 1:47 pm
Liddell/Evans - Evans(liddell's to old)
Franklin/Hamill- Hamil (Franklin has been passed by)
Parisyan/Yoshida- Yoshida (Karo is a talentless punk)
Henderson/Palhares- Hendo

Diaz/Neer- Diaz(neers a curtain puller)
Danzig/Guida - Guida
Alexander/Schafer- Alexander
Lauzon/Bradley- Lauzon

Bisping/Leben- Leben(Bispenis is a talentless bum as well)
Machida/T. Silva-T. Silva(Machidas a coward)
Jardine/Vera- Jardine( Vera doesnt have it anymore)
Sokoudjou/Cane- Sokoudjou
Carwin/Wain- Carwin

A. Silva/Cote- Silva
Sanchez/Alves- Sanchez
Sherk/Griffin- Griffin(no steroids make sherk a lemon shark)
Franca/Tibau- Tibau

Florian/Stevenson- Florian

Nogueira/Mir- Nogueira

Penn/St. Pierre- St. Pierre by knockout/submission(pierre already beat this loser before, this is a yawnfest)
douchebaggery- August 21, 2008 at 1:37 pm
bedub- is that you?

also, Penn has only destroyed his last 3 opponents and this REMATCH will be the biggest fight of the year...so yeah, why even have this fight.....
Billy Bad Ass- August 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm
Thanks for that guy! We truly give a shit about who you think is going to win.
Bdub- August 21, 2008 at 1:25 pm
Can somebody PLEASE tell me what BJ Penn has done to deserve a welterweight title shot?!?! Maybe its the fact that in his last 2 welterweight fights he has lost one of which was to GSP. I hope he gets his a$$ handed to him by GSP
Winners- August 21, 2008 at 1:21 pm
Liddell/Evans - Liddell
Franklin/Hamill- Franklin
Parisyan/Yoshida- Parisyan
Henderson/Palhares- Hendo

Diaz/Neer- Neer
Danzig/Guida - Guida
Alexander/Schafer- Alexander
Lauzon/Bradley- Lauzon

Bisping/Leben- Leben
Machida/T. Silva- Machida
Jardine/Vera- Vera
Sokoudjou/Cane- Cane
Carwin/Wain- Carwin

A. Silva/Cote- Silva
Sanchez/Alves- Sanchez
Sherk/Griffin- Sherk
Franca/Tibau- Tibau

Florian/Stevenson- Florian

Nogueira/Mir- Nogueira

Penn/St. Pierre- Penn
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