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GSP-Penn press conference: Throw the belts away; it’s about legacy

Steve Cofield
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The guys are glad to each hold a UFC title, but Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn think that their fight on Saturday is for a lot more than the extra hardware. The winner can add a huge victory to their legacy.

Penn has fought guys from 155-to-215 pounds. He always looked for the next challenge and considers a potential win over GSP to be the biggest of his career:

"Holding the belt would be very important and historic," said Penn, who would be the first fighter to hold belts in two UFC weight divisions simultaneously, with a victory on Saturday. "You could win the welterweight title from a less important opponent and it wouldn't mean as much. The most important thing is fighting Georges St. Pierre."

For GSP, the second go-round with Penn is about his legacy:

"I'm champion (already), my motivation is not to fight for the title. My motivation is to fight, to beat B.J. Penn. I'm very glad to fight him these great fights make great champions."

Watch the UFC 94 press conference:

These guys met in 2005 at UFC 58. There was no title on the line then. With the welterweight title up for grabs, this fight will be a five round battle instead of three. The guys addressed the question of whether all the trash talk seen during the Primetime show means that they hate each other. St. Pierre talked about the pressure of being involved in the biggest promotion of his career. And Dana White fired back at critics who don't like these weight class crossover superfights. Watch Part 2 and Part 3 of the UFC 94 press conference.

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