In response to all the controversy surrounding the beating that UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre doled out to Lightweight Champion BJ Penn at UFC 94, GSP spoke with MMAWeekly Radio on Wednesday, making the following statements:
George St. Pierre’s successful welterweight title defense at UFC 94 was the direct result of his disciplined preparation and skillful execution of a masterful gameplan. Any implication to the contrary would diminish the significance of what was perhaps the biggest fight in MMA history.
I have never cheated in my life, and as my fans know, I am deeply committed to upholding the integrity of the sport. My entire camp and I have been completely open about what happened during my fight at UFC 94 – we have nothing to hide.
Of course it’s up to the UFC, but I would be happy to offer B.J. a second rematch. I am confident the outcome will be the same.
Team GSP is currently enjoying our victory celebration and we will soon turn our attention and focus toward Georges’ next competitor – Thiago Alves.
Late Thursday evening, a response was posted at BJ Penn.com that read:
For the past several days I have been reading statements made by St. Pierre and Greg Jackson about our fight on January 31. 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. Lets call Dana now and set it up.
– BJ Penn
At this point there has been no word from UFC President Dana White regarding the matter, but this writer expects that we will see Penn and St. Pierre defending their belts against Kenny Florian, and Thiago Alves, respectively, before the promotion gives any real consideration to a rematch. That considered, it doesn’t look like a rematch would happen this summer, if at all, but the stage is certainly being set.
One thing for those who may claim, “GSP is 2-0 against BJ, and he dominated him the last time, why would we want to see this again?” Think about the series between Quinton Jackson, and Wanderlei Silva. Which is not to necessarily imply that a similar turn of events is predicted or expected, but rather, “Anything can happen in MMA.”