Two days ago, Georges St. Pierre appeared on Sherdog’s Beatdown radio show and said he’d give BJ Penn a rematch this summer, and would even wear a rash guard. Just to clarify that this wasn’t GSP merely getting worked up and offering a rematch he doesn’t really want, here’s an official statement offering the rematch from his blog.
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.
St-Pierre states: “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. One of my cornermen did use an energy technique to help with my breathing that involves rubbing my back. He’s also done this in my previous fights. If there was any Vaseline left on his hand after he put it on my face, it was unintentional, and I do not believe it made the slightest difference in the outcome of the fight. Of course it’s up to the UFC, but I would be happy to offer BJ 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
Georges, I think everyone is confident the outcome with be the same. Well, everyone except BJ Penn. Surprise surprise, he accepted your offer.
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.
If I could sum up this entire situation in three words, it would be, “out of hand.” Seriously, at this point, it just seems like a bad attempt to save face on BJ’s part, and fighting again this summer is only going to make it worse.
Quite honestly, under different circumstances, I would probably say fine, whatever. If BJ wants another beating, let him take it. But, I’m not gonna say that because of Kenny Florian and Thiago Alves. They both deserve title shots way more than Penn deserves an immediate rematch, and frankly, I’d much rather see Penn vs. Florian and GSP vs. Alves than GSP vs. Penn 3.
Hopefully, Dana White and the UFC sees it the same way.