ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP® ANNOUNCES UFC 94: ST-PIERRE vs. PENN 2 IS SOLD OUT
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced today that UFC 94: ST-PIERRE vs. PENN 2 is officially sold out. The mega-fight pitting Champion against Champion that will take place Saturday, January 31, is one of the most anticipated UFC bouts in history and now can be seen only on pay-per-view.
More than 14,000 fans are expected to attend the event live inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
St-Pierre and Penn last met in March 2006 at UFC 58, when St-Pierre defeated BJ Penn via a narrow split decision. Ever since then, Penn has been on the comeback trail, cleaning out the lightweight division while St-Pierre was climbing his way to the top of the welterweight division. At UFC 94 Penn makes his move to recapture the welterweight title, which he last held in January 2004, while also becoming the first man in UFC history to hold two division titles simultaneously.
The first of a three-part series chronicling the preparation Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn are going through for their UFC welterweight title showdown at UFC 94 in two weeks premieres tonight on Spike. Replay times for this week are set for Wednesday at 10:30 PM ET and Thursday at midnight.
Courtesy of Spike, here’s a video preview of the upcoming “UFC Primetime” special that will preview the upcoming UFC welterweight title clash between current champion Georges St. Pierre and UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn. UFC officials and critics alike are stating that this series could be the best “countdown-type” show that the UFC has ever done. I can’t say that the preview doesn’t give that feel as well.
Shinya Aoki. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Even though it may not be possible, at the moment or ever, Japanese grappling wizard Shinya Aoki wants to test himself against the best that MMA’s lightweight division has to offer - UFC lightweight title holder B.J. Penn.
“Personally, the most decisive fight in the world, the culmination, the pinnacle for me is B.J. Penn,” Aoki said on the eve of arguably his greatest victory. “Please do not misunderstand—I really need this to be clearly expressed in the media: Shinya Aoki will not go to the UFC. I just want to fight B.J. Penn. This is my selfish wish. I know that everyone says they want Penn, but I think I’m the number one Japanese fighter to be saying this.”
After his win over Eddie Alvarez last week, Aoki also got on the microphone and called out UFC President Dana White in the center of the ring, claiming that the best organization in the sport right now has to be DREAM. His comments go along with FEG President Sadaharu Tanigawa’s statement earlier this week saying that he would to purchase the UFC if the promotion were to go under because of the recent struggles of Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta’s Station Casinos empire.
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From Rumble on the Rock 4 in October 2003, here’s current UFC champion B.J. Penn vs. former PRIDE title holder Takanori Gomi for the vacant ROTR lightweight belt.
B.J. Penn, Dana White, and Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The much-anticipated rematch between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn has been moved to UFC 93 on January 31 in Las Vegas according to UFC President Dana White.
White revealed the change to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports earlier today. The fight was originally planned for UFC 92 on December 27 but St. Pierre has opted to take the rest of the year off because of the exhaustive schedule he has maintained - fighting four times in the last twelve months.
Unfortunately, the UFC was unable to secure the Bell Centre in Montreal for an event. The NHL’s Montreal Canadiens occupy just about every Saturday night on the arena’s schedule.
White also confirmed details concerning the UFC’s inaugural venture into Portland, Oregon, where UFC 91 will be held on November 15 at the Rose Garden. A previously rumored bout between lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson has been confirmed for that card.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
While rampant speculation has suggested that the much-anticipated rematch between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn would likely take place at the UFC’s annual pre-New Year’s Eve show at the end of December, it looks like we might have to wait until next year after all.
In a recent blog entry on RDS.ca, St. Pierre stated that while he’d love to fight Penn again, especially in his hometown of Montreal, he’s unsure whether or not he will be fighting again this year because of the exhaustive schedule he has maintained - fighting four times in the last twelve months.
“In the course of the last week, UFC president Dana White indicated that he’d like to come back to Montreal before the end of the year,” St. Pierre said. “On my end, however, 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.”
Brock Lesnar. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
It’s only been two days since the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut show in Minnesota and the after-effects of the event are already being hotly-discussed around the MMA world. While the show may not have delivered in terms of brutal and quick stoppages, each fight that took place was filled with technical exchanges and exciting moments. There wasn’t much more the hardcore fan could ask for.
However the results of the bouts, primarily those that took place on the televised main card, have left questions in terms of the futures of some fighters. Will Georges St. Pierre actually rematch B.J. Penn later this year? What’s next for Brock Lesnar, Kenny Florian, and Roger Huerta? Here’s my thoughts on the answers to those…
Will St. Pierre and Penn fight before the end of the year?
Yes. Without a doubt. It’s a fight that even UFC President Dana White has been going crazy about even before St. Pierre fought and defeated Jon Fitch this past weekend. We all know Penn is stubborn when it comes to his goals and it seems like his dream to become a multi-division champion won’t be leaving him anytime soon. St. Pierre is currently at the top of his game in every aspect, especially mentally, meaning that he won’t be turning down any kind of fight at the moment.