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BJ Penn Putting Desire For GSP Rematch On Back Burner, Focusing On Florian

BJ PennIt appears BJ Penn is finally moving on from his loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94, well, at least for now.

In a story that ran over the weekend in the Honolulu Advertiser, Penn confirmed that he’s shifting his attention away from GSP and the ensuing controversy to focus on defending his lightweight title against Kenny Florian sometime this summer.

“Of course, I was sad after that loss and a lot of things were going through my head,” he said. “But I woke up one day and said, ‘You know what? I’m still the lightweight champ. Let’s keep fighting.’ ”

Penn said his camp is currently negotiating with UFC officials for a lightweight title bout against No. 1 contender Kenny Florian of Boston.

“That will probably be this summer, so that’s my focus now,” Penn said.

While Penn may be spending the next few months preparing for Florian, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to forget about GSP, and a possible third rematch.

“After I defend my belt and he defends his belt, I’d love to do it again,” Penn said. “Mostly because of the controversy. I just want it to be clean — no questions, no controversy.”

Well, I can’t speak for anybody else, but I think the majority of fans, not to mention Kenny and Thiago, will be happy to hear that BJ isn’t going to continue to push for an immediate rematch with GSP.

If they both win, I think a third fight would be a much easier sell rather than putting both divisions on hold for even longer.

That said, I really have no desire whatsoever to see that fight again. So, here’s to hoping if there’s going to be another weight class jumping superfight happening in the UFC in the next year or so, it’s GSP vs. Anderson Silva, and not GSP vs. Penn 3.

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