St. Pierre Taking Rest of 2008 Off?


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.”

“It’s not the fight as such that’s exhausting; it’s all the preparation that comes with it,” St. Pierre continued. “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.”

I think we all hope that St. Pierre would change his mind so we could see a rematch between him and Penn sooner rather than later. However, I think we can also agree that in order to gear up for such a demanding fight against Penn, St. Pierre would need the adequate amount of time to prepare. After a grueling five-round war against Jon Fitch, is December too early? At least St. Pierre tends to think so.

If GSP-Penn II ultimately ends up not happening on December 27th, it’d be a perfect fit for the UFC’s usual blockbuster show on Super Bowl weekend, when Forrest Griffin is rumored to be making his first light heavyweight title defense. The only bad news with that concerns Canadian fans as the Bell Centre is once again booked that weekend.

HT: Cage Potato

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