Ever since Georges St. Pierre lost his title defense to Matt Serra over a year ago, GSP has been working non-stop to restore his claim as the undisputed welterweight champion in the world. After finally getting over the hump of his first successful title defense at UFC 87, GSP has accomplished that goal. In doing so, he dominated four of the top welterweights in the world—Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, and Jon Fitch—in a period of 12 months.
Quite the accomplishment. Because of that, GSP wants a little time off.
…I don’t know if I’ll be stepping back into the Octagon before 2009.
I’ve fought four times in the last 12 months. I therefore need some rest. I like the life I lead, but I sometimes need to relax.
It’s not the fight as such that’s exhausting; it’s all the preparation that comes with it. I’ve made so many sacrifices to prepare myself. During training camps, I practically do not live anymore. It’s therefore on a psychological level that I need to recharge.
We’ll talk again once I get some news on my next fight.
All things considered, that’s a pretty fair request, right? I tend to think so, except GSP happens to have one of the biggest fights that could be made in MMA today looming in form of a rematch with BJ Penn. And that’s a fight the UFC and BJ Penn want to book before the end of the year.
The latest rumors have the fight taking place on December 27, which has traditionally been the UFC’s end of the year blowout event. Booking GSP vs. BJ Penn II as the headliner would certainly make it that, but it takes two to tango, and it doesn’t sound like GSP is willing to do so that soon. If GSP gets his way, the UFC would likely consider moving the fight to Super Bowl Weekend—another one of the UFC’s bigger event weekends—early next year.
We’ll keep you updated.