We mentioned yesterday that BJ might be cruisin’ for a third bruisin’ against Georges St Pierre. Georges has said “Let’s do it this summer with rashguards on”, and whether that was just trash talk or not, BJ has taken it at face value and has put up a post on his site called “BJ Penn accepts GSP and Greg Jackson’s challenge”:
“For the past several days I have been reading statements made by St. Pierre and Greg Jackson about our fight on January 31,” Penn writes. “St. Pierre claims that he is ‘not a cheater’ and that he and Greg Jackson will have ‘no problem with a rematch in the summer of 2009.’ To the untrained eye the grease might not look like much, but every grappler knows the effect that it has. Being able to apply your submissions and sweeps or just being able to hold on to your opponent to defend yourself from being hit is absolutely critical!
“There is a reason why you are not allowed to put grease anywhere on your body except for the area around your eyes. Because of the grease applied to St.Pierre’s Body the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s executive director, Keith Kizer has stated that the Penn-St. Pierre fight ‘definitely wasn’t fair.’ I hereby accept George St. Pierre and Greg Jackson’s challenge for a fight in the summer 2009. Let’s call Dana now and set it up.”
You would hope that Dana White would have the good sense not to feed into this crap and just move forward with title shots for both Kenny Florian and Thiago Alves. But then again, Dana is all about the benjamins and you can’t expect a man like him to look at the possibility of a third GSP / BJ fight without popping a massive stiffy. You figure he’ll try and make it happen sooner or later, but sooner means more downtime for the lightweight and welterweight divisions and later could fuck up a potential Anderson Silva / GSP fight. I suppose having too many great fights to set up isn’t the worst problem in the world to have.
I don’t mind the possibility of another fight … BJ deserves the pounding for thinking he only got his ass kicked because of Vaseline, and Georges deserves to prove that the ass kicking he dealt out at UFC 94 was 100% legit. Still, the fight goes from being a barn burning “Who takes it?” kinda fight to being Georges’ fight to lose. Honestly, I think Thiago Alves has a better chance of beating GSP than Penn does. Because when it comes down to it, GSP/Penn 2 proved that weight classes exist for a reason.