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Old 08-14-2008, 03:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BJ Penn to Hold on to LW Belt For Now

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Not before and not since Dan Henderson won the Pride 183-pound and 205-pound titles has a fighter in a major organization held two belts in two weight classes simultaneously, but it appears current Ultimate Fighting Championship 155-pound king, B.J. Penn, will try to do that very thing as he sets his sites on welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre later this year.

But what does that mean for the 155-pound weight class and the lightweight championship if Penn is off fighting for another title in a different division?

"B.J.'s not vacating the 155-pound title,” according to UFC president Dana White following UFC 87 in Minnesota last weekend.

Of course this puts possibly the deepest weight class in all the UFC on hold for an indefinite amount of time as Penn and St. Pierre aren’t likely to clash before late December and the lightweight title could be out of the picture until some time deep into 2009.

The current lightweight champion feels confident in his abilities to defend both titles if he is able to defeat St. Pierre.

"I'm moving up to the welterweight division and moving down to defend the lightweight title,” said Penn in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com

Kenny Florian, who defeated Roger Huerta at UFC 87, is most likely next in line to face Penn for the 155-pound crown, but he doesn’t plan on waiting around for a title shot. Instead he will try to compete again later this year against a different opponent, but he’s still not sold on Penn retaining the title the entire time.

“I know B.J.’ s gameplan is to win the welterweight title and defend both belts at the same time. I don’t know if Dana’s going to allow him to do that,” Florian stated during an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “If he beats GSP is he going to stay in the welterweight division? If he loses it’s probably more probable that he’ll go back to 155. So I don’t know, there’s a lot of ‘ifs.’

“I want to stay busy. I need it for me for me for my game mentally, physically I want to stay busy. I think it’s important. I want to keep making money, I want to keep fighting.”

For the time being it appears set that Penn will hold onto the lightweight title while waiting to fight St. Pierre and Florian will look for another fight this year.
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I think it'll be really stupid if BJ has both belts. It's just going to lead to 2 divisions getting held up and he won't be able to defend each belt as much as he should. I'm a huge BJ fan but I hope he loses to GSP just so he doesn't have both belts.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hope he wins the WW title and keeps the LW title. He can defend each belt 2x a year, for 4 fights total. It's very doable, and we get to see more BJ Penn. Win-win.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If he wins the Welterweight title as well then I don't think I can see him defending both.

He'll probably give up one of them because defending either the Lightweight title or the WW title twice a year wouldn't be enough.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I hope he wins the WW title and keeps the LW title. He can defend each belt 2x a year, for 4 fights total. It's very doable, and we get to see more BJ Penn. Win-win.
he's fought about 2 times a year his whole career.

BJ is NOT an every 3 month fighter. hell he's already holding up the LW title right now. Don't expect to see him defend it untill mid-late 09.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I hope he wins the WW title and keeps the LW title. He can defend each belt 2x a year, for 4 fights total. It's very doable, and we get to see more BJ Penn. Win-win.
thats not enough tho ideally each title should be put on the line 3-4 times a year, which would be impossible if BJ has 2 belts further more he will get injured and its bad enough for one title to be help up by injury but imagine if two were held up.

Still I think BJ will lose to GSP
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I hope he wins the WW title and keeps the LW title. He can defend each belt 2x a year, for 4 fights total. It's very doable, and we get to see more BJ Penn. Win-win.
Are you kidding, i dont even see him defendin 4x a year in one division, how is he going to pull that off by having to go up and down 15 pounds every 3 months ?

And anyway, i dont know why we talk about him, WW will be a story of the past for him after he gets his ass handed by GSP
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I'll assume White is intelligent enough to keep the WW belt off the line if the match happens.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'll assume White is intelligent enough to keep the WW belt off the line if the match happens.
this match will be for the belt.

Dana said something to the effect of "we'll see what happens with the LW division after his matchup with GSP"
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GSP will win anyway, no worries
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If he beats GSP I really hope that he defends one of the title's every 3 months, I dont know why they have to make this a title shot. He hasnt deserved it at all and he should be facing Florian now but ofcourse the UFC always think about the fights they would like to see and not the fights that fighters deserve.

Now I want GSP to beat him as this has pissed me off.
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