UFC President Dana White has publicly acknowledged that a super-fight between Georges St. Pierre and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva could develop if St. Pierre can get past BJ Penn next month at UFC 94.
Upon learning of that possibility, Penn, who has never shied away from a tough match up, stated that were he able to get past St. Pierre, he’d be open to moving up to face the current middleweight juggernaut.
Dana White did his best to shoot down that possibility in a recent piece appearing on ESPN.com.
“Is he tough enough to do it? Absolutely. Is he talented enough to go up there and do it? Absolutely. Does that mean he should do it? Absolutely not,” White told ESPN. “He doesn’t have the frame to carry that kind of weight and it just makes no sense.”
Penn, for his part, disagrees with White’s belief that size matters in a fight. Over the years he’s backed up that belief by taking on all-comers.
Penn, who fights at lightweight (155 lbs.) and as a smallish welterweight, (170 lbs.) has gone all the way up to middleweight for fights against both Rodrigo and Renzo Gracie, winning both fights, and even went up to light heavyweight (205 lbs.) where he lost via close decision to current undefeated top UFC prospect Lyoto Machida.
“Jiu-jitsu is created where the small man can beat the big man,” Penn told ESPN. “I’ve been doing jiu-jitsu since I was 17 years old and that has always stuck in my head, throughout all the time and all the way until now. I just think it’s just that basic ideology of martial arts and jiu-jitsu that’s ingrained in me. That’s my lifestyle, that I believe I have a chance. I know something’s going to happen, the guy’s going to make a mistake and I’m going to get that armlock, I’m going to get that choke and it will be done.”
But before either man can think about Silva, they will be focused on one another in the UFC’s first ever super-fight between current belt holders. The event takes place on Jan. 31 at UFC 94 in Las Vegas, Nevada; and holds with it tons of implications the future of the UFC.