UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has gone on the record with his prediction for the lightweight title match between champion BJ Penn and challenger Kenny Florian at UFC 101 this weekend inside the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“I put my money on [Kenny Florian] against BJ Penn,” GSP stated.
It’s no secret that St-Pierre isn’t Penn’s biggest fan as they have squared off against one another twice inside the UFC’s Octagon.
Although GSP beat Penn both times, including a thrashing at UFC 94 earlier this year, the Hawaiian was still calling for a third bout between the pair after controversy ensued after their 5Round affair.
Penn told the media that it was Florian who first put him onto St-Pierre’s usage of Vaseline to gain an advantage over his opponents during fights. And it was that reason, and pretty much that reason alone, that Penn felt he lost the highly publicized match-up.
GSP didn’t believe a word Penn was saying, and felt disrespected that Penn would try to tarnish such a magical moment with false accusations.
So St-Pierre got back at Penn the best way that he knew how, show the lightweight top contender the tricks of the trade when it comes to fighting BJ.
“Kenny Florian is a great training partner, and is going to be a great champion, and he’s also a greater person and human being,” St-Pierre went on to say.
Although this will be Florian’s second 155-pound title fight, it will be his first against a fighter the caliber of Penn. The Bostonian will need all the support he can get, so don’t be surprised to see St-Pierre front and center, cheering his new training partner on.