February 01, 2009
Georges St. Pierre wasn't just the bigger man, he was the better man. GSP has corrected many of his slight flaws over the years and employed the perfect style to take advantage of what was probably a 15-pound weight difference. B.J. Penn, trying to step up from the lightweight division to challenge for St. Pierre's UFC welterweight title, was simply too small to compete with the French-Canadian.
GSP scored takedowns in the second, third and fourth rounds. He shifted between side control and full guard, pounding the Hawaiian with elbows and punches. It got worse as the fight went along. Penn simply could not improve position. With 16 seconds left, St. Pierre turned to referee Herb Dean and implored him to stop it. Penn made it to the end of the fourth, where the fight was stopped before the start of the fifth.
Two judges turned in cards with a pair of 10-8 rounds. They had it 40-35, 40-34 and 40-34.
St. Pierre beat Penn back at UFC 58 in 2006 via split decision. He wanted it to be more decisive this time around:
"I've been training since September. I had a lot of pressure on me. This time I really wanted to take him out. I'm really glad I did it."
St. Pierre retains his welterweight title. With such a dominant victory, it won't be long before fans begin calling for St. Pierre to move up a weight class and take a shot at Anderson Silva, the UFC champ at 185 pounds.
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