Dana White objecting to GSP @ MW. Why?
Something's been bugging me for a while and I'd like to get your opinion. Dana White has always let BJ Penn fight at 170 whenever he wanted. In fact, lately Dana has even said that he would consider the LW division "cleaned out" if BJ beats Edgar (it was in that interview in Abu Dahbi that was posted recently). Dana would fully support BJ vacating the LW title and moving up to WW permanently.
Dana has also showed that he's willing to let Anderson Silva fight anybody at any weight. He even said that if Anderson could make the cut to 170, he'd "consider" a Silva/GSP fight. However, whenever anyone asks him about GSP moving up to 185, Dana White is always emphatic that he is against that move and I don't understand why given his willingness to let Penn and Silva do pretty much what they want. You wouldn't have to set up Silva/GSP right away. You could give GSP a fight or two against mid-tier MWs to test the waters first. Whenever champions step up in weight class to test themselves it always draws huge buzz so why limit your money-making options?
Why does Dana let Penn and Silva routinely risk their legacies by testing themselves outside their weight classes yet Dana seems to loathe the idea of GSP doing the same? Let me be clear, I'm not questioning GSP's desire to move up; I'm questioning Dana White's thinking as a promoter and a business man. Thoughts?