Kevin Iole of Yahoo! is indicating that UFC president Dana White isn’t ruling out lightweight champion B.J. Penn’s proposal to move back up to welterweight in order to engage Georges St. Pierre in a rematch:
White has long discouraged Penn from jumping divisions and urged him to clean out the lightweights before thinking of a return to welterweight.
And while White wouldn’t mind seeing Penn make one last defense against the winner of the planned Aug. 9 bout between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta, he conceded at Saturday’s postfight news conference it may be time for Penn-St. Pierre II.
“I think there’s one more interesting fight for him (at lightweight), but it isn’t something I wouldn’t talk to him about,” White said of a potential fight with St. Pierre.
I think the UFC is in a position with Penn where they can do no wrong with him. If he stays at 155 lbs. and faces the winner of the UFC 87 lightweight bout between Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian, then that’s a good thing. And if he moves up to welterweight to fight St. Pierre again, I don’t think that’s a bad idea either.