Many UFC fans thought the winner of the Roger Huerta vs. Kenny Florian fight would get next crack at current UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn. Perhaps that was because UFC President Dana White all but said so just three months ago. Now, it looks like Penn will potentially be facing another competitor from Saturday’s UFC 87 card. That is if Georges St-Pierre is able to retain his welterweight title against Jon Fitch.
“There’s no guarantees that Florian and Huerta are going to get a title shot after this fight,” White told TAGG radio on Thursday. “It definitely puts them in the mix…but definitely, if St. Pierre beats Fitch, it’s looking like it’ll be GSP (vs.) B.J. Penn.”
Penn lost in his return to the Octagon against St-Pierre at UFC 58 in 2006, and has been seeking a rematch ever since. He just defeated former lightweight champion Sean Sherk at UFC 84 and in his post-fight Octagon interview he called for GSP once again.
Penn recently spoke about a return to the cage on the UFC’s December 27th card. And, if GSP can hold up his end of the bargain, Penn will finally get the rematch that he has been begging for. This would be Penn’s third opportunity to win the 170-pound title. He is 1-1 against Matt Hughes in his previous welterweight title bouts.
The UFC is notorious for putting on a blockbuster event to end of every year, and if a GSP/Penn rematch takes place, this year will certainly be no different.
It is rumored that the event will take place at either the Mandalay Bay Events Center or the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former champ Frank Mir, who serve as coaches on the “The Ultimate Fighter Season 8,” are expected to fight on this card as well.