Dana White Confirms Oregon Show, Penn vs. GSP At UFC 93

UFC President Dana White has confirmed with Yahoo Sports the UFC’s schedule for the rest of the year and into 2009.

  • UFC 88 in Atlanta on Sept. 6
  • Ultimate Fight Night on Sept. 17 in Omaha, Neb.
  • UFC 89 on Oct. 18 in Birmingham, England
  • UFC 90 on Oct. 25 in Chicago
  • UFC 91 on Nov. 15 in Portland, Ore.
  • The Ultimate Fighter Finale on Dec. 13 in Las Vegas
  • UFC 92 on Dec. 27 in Las Vegas.
  • UFC 93 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

White also confirmed the lightweight fight between Kenny Florian and Joe “Daddy” Stevenson will take place at UFC 91 in Portland Oregon. Also the welterweight title fight between BJ Penn vs. GSP will take place at UFC 93

the anticipated welterweight title fight between champion Georges St. Pierre and lightweight champion B.J. Penn would be moved to Super Bowl weekend on Jan. 31, 2009, in Las Vegas.

Comments

  1. so let me get this straight, if penn wins hell be the lightweight and welterweight champ, but if gsp wins how is he gonna defend the lightweight title??? and if its not on the line then why would gsp want to put more on the end of his bargain when he beat penn once already?

  2. inresponse says:

    when bj he will get to be both ww and lw champ becase he's moving up in weight and gsp is jus defending his title… And it was a good fight the first time

  3. The only reason penn gets a title shot at the best fighter in the world GSP is because he is a snake. Every time Penn gets a camera in his face he calls georges out. GSP does not have a choice. penn your a class act.

  4. This is gona be a war and i'm not sure who i want to win. i like both fighters. it will be a big night.

  5. Finally Penn gets to beat That overrated good For nothing gsp

  6. GSP all the way fuck bj

  7. These champs get too much time off..

  8. GSP asked for the extra time off. yeah this is going to be a great fight. i hope gsp can retain his title and send bj back to lightweight.

  9. BJ will gas out at 170lbs, GSP will end it in the second round.

  10. B.J. would have to be on a pretty shitty diet to gas in the second.

  11. GSP all t4he way

  12. i was saying BJ can't last 5 rounds at 170lbs, but GSP will end it in the second TKO.

  13. I bumped into GSP at an airport on August 27 and he was surprised that this fight had been announced. According to him, it isn't official yet.

  14. I don't know why people keep saying that it's unfair for GSP to have to fight Penn. He has to put more on the line for it blah blah blah… It's his duty to defend his title against competitors in his weight class. If he want's the LW title he could move down and fight for it. I'm sure Penn would not deny him the opportunity if he wanted it. Don't get me wrong, GSP is one of my favourite fighters and I think this is going to be a crazy fight. Also, GSP could finally get his chance to shut the people up who keeps saying that he lost the first fight and prove that he could beat Penn. I just hate people saying that why should GSP fight Penn when he has to put everything on the line and Penn doesn't. When he faught Fitch GSP put his belt on the line and Fitch didn't have to put anything, it's the same thing with Penn now. Just because he is champ in other division people have so much complaining to do.

  15. Nichole Lesniak says:

    Phuck…

    Just notice that it's NOT GSP saying it's not fair. It's only fans. GSP is willing to fight anyone to defend his rep.

  16. danny seddon says:

    GSP… ALL DAY LONG !! TO SKILL FULL FOR PENN…

    BRING BACK VITOR BELFORT IN THE 205 WEIGHT CLASS… ONE QUALITY FIGHTER WHEN ON FORM !!

  17. pitmonster says:

    GSP is going to out work, out strike and most likely knock out penn. penn needs to stay in 155 and shut his mouth, i mean what a dick for comeing up at the end of GSP's fight and calling him out pierre is beyond him and soon he'll understand why……. PITMONSTER

  18. Remember that BJ has never been knocked out and in the last fight it was a gassed BJ who admits he didn't train hard enough, and still he was giving GSP a beating. Don't get me wrong GSP has skill, but he also has a thin glass jaw, he just moves too quick and doesn't allow fighters to touch him, that's how he gets around. BJ ain't no ordinary bird. BJ in 3!! Hawaiian!!

  19. Both fighters will be totally different. BJ will have more cardio and GSP will be more well-rounded. I have to wait till the end of January for this…that sucks.

  20. BJ is going around trying to avenge his loss's, LOL he's probably gonna wanna jump into LHW again to face Machida, hahaha. But anyways the fight between him and GSP should be a quick one, i think GSP has improved is MMA game dramatically since their last fight, as did Penn to but GSP has turned into a world class fighter, so iono if Penn can keep up with GSP now. It should be a really good fight thou, we all know Penn is gonna come out mean and crazy as hell in the fight.

  21. GSP will beat BJ, however it will be a great fight. Whats going on with Dana making these silly fights anyways, like Cotour vs Lesnar? My guess is hes trying to make a superfight between GSP vs Silva in 2009. If Silva remains undefeated, GSP will be the one to take him out.

  22. ryan, you're an idiot, Penn is as good as GSP. He's also not a snake, he's one of the top ranked contenders in the world and he did not "call out" GSP. He said let's fight, it would be good. They both want to fight the best to be the best. Learn the difference, jackass.

  23. name a more anticipated fight with two fighters at the top of their game. someone i just want to see what we can come up with….

  24. hello

  25. OK let me tell u why BJ will not win or come be as close as everyone thinks, only bc its at 170lbs. This is a lose lose situation for BJ…. Y? B/C if he wants to keep half the cardio he had at `55lbs he will have to weigh alot less than GSP, if BJ does that GSP will throw him around like a lil boy, therefore BJ can have all the cardio in the world, if hes too light hes finished. So if BJ loses the cardio he had at 155lbs which he will bc of the weight gain, he will not be able to keep up with GSP for more than 2 rounds of 5 mins, thats MAX. GSP can easily go 5 rounds 5 mins and be as fresh in the 5th as he was in the 1st, the proof is in the Fitch fight, even Joe Rogan said it. GSP is wayyyyyy better than he was in their 1st fight, BJ only increased his cardio which will not b as good as it was as LW. GSP is going to win, without a doubt…. and its not going to be as good as everyone thinks. Look at all the stats GSP has since that loss to Serra, hes killing everyone and has fought top fighters in the last 2 yrs, look at the last 3 fighter BJ fought…….. Jens Pulver lmfao are u kidding me, I'm surprised BJ didnt beat him in the 1st round, then he fought Joe Daddy!!! WTF another feeding to the sharks, who actualy thoguht BJ would lose to Joe Daddy??!?!??….. noone, and then 3rd Sherk who 4 some reason stood up instead of doing what he does best……… GSP has fought way better fighters and he already killed Sherk, which is y Sherk went to LW lol.

    Dont get me wrong BJ is avery good fighter, but hes not in the same class as GSP and it will be proven in january mark my words. Dana White even said…. "BJ should stick to LW, b/c GSP is only getting better and better in each fight, which isnt a good thing 4 BJ" OUCH, but the fans want the fight BJ wants the fight so its going to happen. After the Fitch fight, Jackson (GSP's trainer) was pissed off bc GSP made "alot of mistakes" WTF huh?!?!? GSP was amazing fans/reporters said….. Jackson…"if u think GSP was good VS Fitch, u havnt seen anything yet" OUCH basically saying hes way better than what he has shown us, BJ is going to be one of those guys that people will say about…….."be careful what u wish 4" GSP better stand up alot faster stronger, smarter…. ask Fitch "hes so fast, speed kills man it really does" LOL OUCH again. BJ and GSP on the ground even, they have both their BB in BJJ, GSP has the better of the take down defence, BJ a very very close 2nd, theres nothing BJ is better at than GSP right now GSP is the full package, yet he hasnt hit his prime yet and thats scary. HES 27 and turns 28 in may, thats sick. Look @ all the other champs way older than GSP, yet GSP has the best resume of any fighter in their first 4 yrs in the UFC. GSP in 4 yrs has beatin veryone hes fought (only one to do so) he's been and is the WW champ twice in 4 yrs and at 27 thats sick, and he still has alot ot learn and to perfect which is insane. BJ is in his prime and slowly will lose it b/c of how good of shape and skilled the younger fighters are becomming. If you want the proof, go back and watch the Fitch fight and listento the comments he gets by Rogan and his buddy!!!! 155 mins fighting and less than 6 mins on his back noone even comes close to that stat. 1st person to pass Fitchs guard etc etc etc.

    As for the 1st fight, GSP won it bc of control and take downs in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, he got spanked in the 1st round, but alot of u BJ fans seem to 4get GSP got pokedin the eye and got cut under the eye at the same time, so he fought BJ for 15 mins with one eye, which is why he took the fight to the ground (so smart) but BJ didnt do anything to prevent him from getting takin down (not so smart) go back and watch the fight, GSP took BJ down at will when he wanted, and hes gotten 10X better than he was back then, so he will be able to take BJ down when he wants and GSP will stand if he wants to stand, go on the ground if he wants to be there. GSP will dictate where the fight goes. Name me one fighter BJ fought who is as good as GSP….. strength, speed, size, agility, fucking crazy take down defence, amazing wrestling with no wrestling backroun OUCH, and his pace is almost un comparable, BJ hasnt fought anyone close to the pace that GSP will bring to that fight. BJ will be to overwelmed and GSP will be on him like shit to a fly, all over it. 4 those who think BJ is a better striker than GSP now, means ur either an idiot, in denial or a BJ nut hugger. BJ was the better striker in their 1st fight, but like I said b4… GSP is a way better and diff machine now, BJ will not know what to do.

    GSP VS Anderson, right now GSP would lose, I think… but in a year or two max, GSP would/will beat Anderson when GSP gets into his prime like BJ is/has & Anderson still in his and hes 4-6 yrs older than GSP, so thats at least 4-6 yrs more experience, but GSP isnt too far from Anderson right now with regards to skill and P4P best fighter in the world. I would love to see Fedor VS Anderson at 225lbs and 205lbs. I have no idea who would win that fight, I think it could be a 50/50 toss up. Then in 2 yrs the winner fights GSP to see whos the P4P, but the problem is, is GSP too small to fight Anderson and especially Fedor? so we might never see Anderson VS GSP bc of the size, if thats the case then theres absolutely 0 chance of seing GSP VS Fedor.

  26. Sorry 4 such a long email, but needed to break it down and I would like to hear BJ's fans "rebuttal" with regards to what I said. Like I said BJ is a very very talented fighter, but hes not in GSP's league at 170lbs, plain and simple. Hes better at LW, natural weight but to move up VS this new and way improved GSP is going to be a rude awakening for BJ, then he will take out his frustrations out on everyone in the LW division. Just like what GSP did after the Serra fight #1, the numbers never lie…. and the numbers prove and show BJ is in a lose lose situation.

    My thoughts about BJ getting to fight for the title is BULL SHIT, Dana asked BJ to clean out the LW, fighting 2 times isnt cleaning out a division, if it is GSP cleaned out his division twice in 1 year, anyway BJ should of had to at least have to fight 1 or 2 fighters in the WW……. Fitch would be such a good fight at 170lbs, Koscheck, Thiago, Sanchez 4 a laugh are all potential fighters who could beat BJ in the WW. So y does BJ get a title shot in a diff weight class? without fighting anyone in that division in yrs and hes 0-2 in his last 2 fights in WW and has only 1 win in WW EVER, yet he gets a title shot over people who have been fighting in the WW division for yrs, thats so stupid and its only bc BJ and Dana are BF who suck each other off, I didnt see Anderson get a title shot at 205lbs, yet he had to fight a heavy puncher at best, not even ranked in the top 20….. but hes the top & P4P best fighter in the world, but BJ gets a title shot in a division where hes 1-2 and 0-2 in his last 2 fights………. ya that makes sooo much sence. I would like to see BJ concentrate on LW, bc he thinks theres noone at LW who can beat him….. since he said he didnt want to fight the winner of Huerta & Florian, since when does a fighter get to say and pick who they fight and when and for what title etc? no where but like I said BJ & Dana are pillow bitters buddies. I want to see florian VS BJ…. that would be an amazing fight, I woulndt even be surprised if Kenny did beat BJ, not saying it will happend, but Florian has vastly improved in such a short period of time, YET he was promissed a title shot VS BJ, but now BJ said no Florian has to fight a guy BJ destroyed which is absolutely retarded. What happends is Joe Daddy gets lucky and beats Florian? Joe gets another crack at BJ?!? YAAAAAAAWN, boring ZZZzzzzZZZZzzz!!!!!!

    I wish all the top fighters in the UFC would go else where, where all the top fighters would be paid so much more and treated the way they oughta be treated…. espeically the champs. So that no fighter can pick and choose who they want to fight and when and y not anyones title, without having to fight anyone in that division to see if he deserves the title shot VS GSP.

    I would like to see BJ fight, Florian very soon, Huerta in a yr or two hes only 24, 25 and has alot to learn but is and will be a champ someday, Guida would be a nice fight for BJ, Tyson Griffen who beat Fabar and fights Sherk next, I'd like to see Sherk fight BJ again but Sherk has to fight like he did in his last 3 or 4 fights…. not this BS boxing match with a guy whos got better hands than you… but Sherk has T-Rex arms, very very short. I do not understand why Sherk was boxing with BJ?!?!?!? to this day it boggles my mind how Sherk fought VS BJ. There are a couple other fighters I would like to see BJ fight in the LW, BJ thinks way too much of him-self, cant wait to see him get spanked by GSP… but I want him to lose to someone in the LW division to bring his ego back to …. at least the ozone layer.

  27. well I guess you should understand

    that GSP is fighting a guy who …

    has been Bjj Black Belt for ten years

    has never been submitted in mma

    is very very possibly the best fighter on the ground in all of mma attributed to his 33 top three finishes in bjj tourneys including the only non brazilian to win a bjj world championship. and his overwhelming flexibility that is unmatched (see him doing splits to avoid takedown in UFC 63 against matt hughes)

    BJ in his mma career has won the first two rounds of every single fight except three when he went up three weight classes to face Lyoto Machida< lyoto out weighed him by twenty pounds and he still won the 2nd round. and seven years ago in only his fourth ever UFC fight. against GSP he lost round two. 10_9

    BJ has a great chin never been tko 'ed if you add all the great conditioning to the fact that he wont have to cut weight this time that is also a decided difference.

    GSP since the Matt Serra fight has been afraid to stand and trade with anyone its possible he has a glass jaw so typically GSP likes to take the fight to the ground advantage BJ.

    im not saying who will win i like both fighters but BJ is no slouch and has been extremely motivated since UFC 63 His whole career the ONLy weakness he has had has been his conditioning there is a reason his nickname is the prodigy. He has very heavy hands and his flexibility nullifies most wrestlers takedowns.

    yeah Fitch, Koscheck, Karo, alves, would get very outclassed by the 07 08 BJ Penn

  28. mr adidas to say bj is not on gsp's level is crazy, i could see you saying that gsp will win and he might but on another level than bj no.alot of people have bj #1 p4p where gsp is usually like 3 or 4 down the list he is a great fighter and will be bigger and stronger than bj but he still may lose.

  29. also fedor would beat silva and gsp would never take that fight.

  30. Lets stop all of this, any real MMA fan knows that Penn does not have a shot. GSP is the 2nd best pound for pound fighter in the World. I think we all know who is the Best.

  31. I don't think I agree with you Brent. But it is all speculation from here. They are both phenomenal, that much is a fact. I definately don't think either one of them will have anywhere near an easy fight, but both definately have their strengths and either could take it. I personally think Penn will do it.

  32. brent how does bj not have a shot? and gsp is a top p4p fighter but he still has to prove a little more, what does he have 2 wins in a row? he just lost to a 155lber that is no where near ranked, when has bj or fedor or nog or wandy or machida dropped a fight like that? there are others that could easily be considered the #2 p4p.so much for a real mma fan.

  33. dane drebin says:

    bj for sure has a chance. their last fight was practically a draw how can u say he doesnt have a chance?

  34. mmafanatic says:

    I live in Hilo and have the opportunity to run into BJ once in while and I can say …this is the most focused BJ I've ever seen. True, a few years ago I'd see him in the bars, having a great time, not really taking it seriously…..he was was damn good then…..now you look into his eyes……SCARY. He wants this BAAAD.

  35. Budweisest says:

    Penn has no chance! He coulnt keep up with the bigger fighters so he dropped weight and beat up the little guys… hes a 155 fighter and that is it! GSP is going to dominiate him… hes too quick for BJ… anyone that thinks otherwise hasnt really watched many fights lately… Penn should have had to fight Fitch or Alvez before getting a title shot.. he hasnt proven himself as a welterweight this year at all!

  36. dane drebin says:

    he's the lightweight champ and the former welterweight champ. their first fight could have gone either way. his fight with gsp will rake in way more cash thank fitch or alves and thats the way it is… bj and gsp know it, dana knows it, hell even alves and fitch know it. this will be a fight for the ages so deal with it. if ur so sure gspwill win than stop cryin about it. i cant pick a winner personally but cant wait for this one. i'd love it is bj could pull off the upset.

  37. I think y'all are speculating too much. GSP has improved beyond imagination, while BJ has improved just enough to get his wish, the 155 belt. GSP will dismantle him because he's far more superior than Penn. By the way, just a correction…BJ Penn was TKOed by Matt Hughes in their second encounter…Not only TKOed, but in my opinion, he was submitted, because he had both arms trapped and could not defend himself when Matt Hughes beat him the second time they met. So whoever said BJ has never been TKOed or Submitted ought to first see the evidence and then post his comments. I like Penn, but I would rather see him rule forever at 155, which I think he's got the potential to do so until he becomes old and can't fight anymore, but I don't think he could pull that off at 170, where GSP is the boss and could rule for as long as he wants to if he keeps improving the way he has 'til now. Anyway, they're both my favorite fighters. Have a good one!

  38. I think the message was that he's never been submitted. He was TKO'd but that's just cuz he gassed. His conditioning has always been suspect. He was winning the fight until he gassed. Even the BJ/GSP 1, he won the first round and then ran out of gas. That's why he was taken down every single time since.

    I also think he'll lose the fight but only because of conditioning. I've never seen anyone "dominate" a fresh BJ Penn. However, once you pass the first few rounds, it's a whole 'nother story. I think if he'd get his ass into shape, real MMA shape, he'd be #2 p4p (Anderson just can't be stopped). If he can take GSP out in the 1st or 2nd round, that's where he'll win the fight. Good luck to BJ!

  39. To be honest I dont think Penn if he does bet GSP could beat Thiago Alves anyways. Alves is WAY biger than him and his stand up is way better and he could easily keep the fight on the feet.Penn would prolly get KO'd by Thiago and GSP could possible run through Thiago. But Thiago is for sure 1,2 or 3 in the Welterweight Div. Only time well tell. Also Kos looked ok but I think his inability to takedown GSP and now Thiago. aybe his wrestling is overrated. Gsp is a better MMA wrestler for sure and Thiago could shrug him off when he was in deep on a takedown like it was nothing. I would like to see Diego vs Koscheck 2.

  40. I think assuming that Alves could beat Penn is a little too much . I understand that everyone has GSP bumper stickers but BJ doesnt lose to guys like Spencer Fisher. The point is Alves makes mistakes he isnt at least not yet the caliber of fighter as BJ. I dont remember besides in the late rounds of fights any one who has overwhelmed BJ on the feet. Lets say Alves is better how can you assumes Bj could'nt get the fight to the ground. I don't know if people dont know that much about BJ Penn, if they think that 155 to 170 is that big a difference, or maybe people dislike him so strongly that they just want him to lose. Im not real sure but there are prolly less than 3 fighters in the world 170 and below that could beat him. Maybe im wrong but whenever MMA fighters are asked who the p4p fighters in the world are BJ typically is mentioned at 2 or 3. Meanwhile Alves was KO'ed by Spencer Fisher.

  41. okay i only had to read like 5 stupid comments before i decided to leave one. GSP has become a much better striker and wrestler since his WIN over penn. ppl seem to forget how penn poked gsp in the eye which i dont think was an accident penn is a little baby and hates the fact that gsp beat him at the type of fight penn wanted to fight. people can say w/e they want about my comment i dont rly care bottom line is this isent going to be a "war' or "battle' penn is going to be destroyed and sent back to 155 were he should be PERIOD

  42. GSP like Anderson Silva are on other level's right now! Besides BJ can't handle Alves or Fitch..

    GSP TKO RD 3

  43. dane drebin says:

    james that's what people said about bj the first time he faught hughes for the title and won it

    i like both fighters and i think it will be a great fight i dont care who wins

  44. Alves didnt get KO'd by Fisher lol. He was triangle choked and that was when he was going on 22. He is now more mature and not to mention stronger and more technical. He wouldnt lose to Spencer Fisher if they faught again. Even tho spencer is now at 155 he would get smashed on skill alone not just size. Thiago has elevated his game all around. Stand up is great and his ground game is in my opinion a lil overrated but he is still a black belt. BJ would IMO have the advantage on the ground but on the feet he would and will be put to sleep.

  45. thatiswhytheyfight says:

    James, while i respect your opinion, not being a fan of someone is certainly no reason to underestimate him. BJ is an amazing fighter at ANY WEIGHT CLASS, he fought Machida i think in 2004(not positive on year) when Machida weighed 205 and BJ 170 and lost a very close but UD…

    GSP is amazing and HAS certainly gotten better since his first win over BJ, and I agree, he certainly won, however, you can see that BJ can and will box with GSP, probably a better "pure boxer" in regards to Jabs and footwork, GSP certainly has an edge in leg kicks and power… However, NO ONE is getting Knocked out in this fight…

    First one to make a major mistake on the ground loses this fight by submission cause they are both just too darn good and fast on the ground… I personally think BJ wins… you don't and that is cool… i think is GSP is a classy champion and either way, i think it will be a great fight

  46. I agree. Not to mention, everyone thought GSP was going to walk through Serra during their first fight, but look what happened. Sure, GSP has improved a good deal since then, but it still happened. You can call it a fluke or you can call it a well executed plan, but the bottom line is that in THAT fight, Serra outclassed him on his feet. Just because GSP has improved, doesn't mean BJ cannot adapt to him in the cage. GSP has much better wrestling, but BJ has much better BJJ. They both have their strengths. I'll bet anything as well, his conditioning will look a lot better than the first time they fought.

  47. Basically, I don't think anyone can say it will not be an entertaining fight, and I like them both, I just see BJ coming out on top.

  48. dane drebin says:

    no shit to say either one will crush the other goes against the first fight entirely

  49. So is this fight still on? IT seems though they predict 10 fights ahead they keep changing things and I too agree some fighters are out of the picture for way too long. If the real GSO shows even Brock Lesnar couldnt beat him. I predict the Ganja will catch up with BJ and he will go back to growing the green stuff and no longer making big green in the UFC.

  50. yep still on they are doing the media tour now

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