UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is already scheduled to be involved in one superfight in 2009 when he faces B.J. Penn at UFC 94 in Las Vegas on Jan. 31.
But might St. Pierre be involved with two superfights next year?
According to UFC President Dana White, a superfight between St. Pierre and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva might not be out of the question.
During a press conference several weeks ago in Toronto to promote UFC 94, White didn’t rule out the possibility of Silva vs. St. Pierre when the potential matchup was raised by a member of the media.
“Do you think there is a chance that the winner of this fight will get Anderson Silva?,” the reporter asked.
“I think if Georges St. Pierre wins this fight he’ll get Anderson Silva,” White responded to the delight of fans in attendance at the press conference.
White later added that “…Georges St. Pierre has the ability to beat Anderson Silva in a pound-for-pound title fight.”
A notable absence from White’s answer was Penn, the promotion’s current lightweight champion. However, it appears that Penn might have post-UFC 94 plans of his own.
In regards to Penn’s post-UFC 94 future, he deferred all questions about a possible lightweight matchup against Kenny Florian to his website, BJPenn.com, but did express an interest in a third fight vs. Matt Hughes.
When asked by a fan why he would want to fight an aging Hughes, Penn responded with a question of his own, asking “Wouldn’t you want another shot at someone that kicked your ass?”
Penn upset Hughes for the UFC welterweight title in January of 2004 at UFC 46 after submitting him with a rear naked choke at 4:39 of round 1. The native Hawaiian then left the UFC over a bitter contract dispute before returning vs. St. Pierre at UFC 58 in March of 2006.
Following a loss to Pierre, Penn then fought Hughes in a rematch at UFC 63, with Hughes getting the better of Penn this time around following a third round TKO.