UFC President Dana White was questioned in a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine about the much-talked about “superfights” between the champions of two different weight classes, most notably BJ Penn, the UFC’s lightweight champion, versus Georges St-Pierre, the promotion’s welterweight champ, and St-Pierre versus Anderson Silva, the UFC’s dominant middleweight champion.
White openly discussed the potential matchups and makes it clear which bout we can expect to see in the near-future and which one we will not. Here’s a snip from the interview:
The Mag: What will BJ Penn do: stay at 155 or move up to 170 for a rematch with St.-Pierre?
DW: BJ has become one of the most well-rounded, most amazing fighters I’ve ever met. He used to be just a jiu-jitsu guy. Now his wrestling is second-to-none. His standup is (freaking) amazing. Even boxing guys say they like his hands. The kid is unbelievable. The only thing he lacked was so he was so (freaking) good, so talented, that he always came up with these crazy schemes to move up to heavyweight and do all this crazy stuff. It took years to reel him in and convince him to focus on being a 155-pounder. This kid is so focused and fired up right now. It’s going to be fun to see what he does.
The Mag: So what do you think he will do?
DW: Penn against GSP is a huge fight. I think that fight needs to happen.
The Mag: How do you feel about those kind of superfights between different weight classes?
DW: I don’t like it. I like guys to stay at their weight classes and dominate. I don’t want guys moving up and down.
The Mag: So the dream matchup of Anderson Silva against GSP, maybe at a catch weightâ€¦
DW: Don’t hold your breath on that one.