Penn gets immediate shot at title, and GSP realistically gets nothing if he wins..
I understand what you're saying but in title fights, champs will always have more to loose than challengers. This could almost be a universal law
This being said, if GSP wins, he'll get to beat one of the best, most respected P4P fighters and get to close the mouth of the people that are still questioning his split decision win over BJ for good.
I dont think it should be a title shot. Unless both belts are on the line. I know its at 170 but gsp shouldnt have to give up his belt if penn doenst.
I'm pretty sure if GSP could make 155, he'd get a LW title shot pretty fast too but can he?
To put both belts on the line (on the same night?), they'd have to fight at around 162 or something. The idea sounds very odd to me. Have we ever seen that before? And is it possible (sanctioned by the Commission) to fight for a title (2 titles) at a catchweight fight? Because let's assume GSP wins the LW belt at 162, he'll have to make 155 to defend his title against future LW contenders... Just doesn't make sense to me.
Title fight makes sense because GSP is the champ and he needs to defend his title, thing that he didn't get to do that much if you think about it.
Plus, #1 and #2 contenders in the division are Penn and Alves (not in order) and right now beside these 2, noone else in the division could "claim" for a shot.
Kos will probably be considered a top contender if he wins his next fight. Alves didn't earn his shot before UFC 90 (failed to make weight against Hughes..). So it only leaves us with BJ to fight GSP next.
Last thing about the title match. Don't forget the UFC is a business and PPV predictions mostly if not only drive main events and title shots. GSP/Penn for title sells more than GSP/Penn for "nothing".