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Georges St. Pierre vs. BJ Penn II

Main Event | UFC Welterweight Championship | 170 lbs

Georges St. Pierre defeats BJ Penn via KO/TKO at 5:00 of Round 4

Georges "Rush" St. Pierre
Mmaweekly large "The Prodigy" BJ Penn

St. Pierre
KO/TKO
Round 4

Georges St. Pierre BJ Penn

"Rush" "The Prodigy"

17-2-0   Pro Record At Fight   13-4-1
Climbed to 18-2   Record After Fight   Fell to 13-5
-169 (Slight Favorite)   Betting Odds   +149 (Slight Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Ca Canada   Nationality   Us United States
Montreal, Quebec, Canada   Fighting out of   Hilo, Hawaii
27 years, 8 months, 5 days   Age at Fight   30 years, 1 month, 4 days
170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   168.0 lbs (76.2 kgs)
5'11" (180cm)   Height   5'9" (176cm)
76.0" (193cm)   Reach   70.0" (178cm)
Tristar Gym   Gym   Jackson Wink MMA
UFC 94
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2
  • Date: Saturday 01.31.2009
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 10 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • St. Pierre Total Disclosed Pay: $400,000
  • Penn Total Disclosed Pay: $125,000
  • Title on Line: UFC Welterweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by St. Pierre
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St. Pierre vs. Penn II Wiki Update Wiki

After a 2006 Split Decision victory for the Canadian welterweight challenger left a sour taste in the mouths of both fight camps, fans knew that one day Georges St. Pierre and BJ Penn would meet again inside the Octagon. In January of 2009, the rematch took place, marking the first time two current UFC champions had competed against one another, as St. Pierre held the welterweight belt and Penn held the lightweight belt. Unfortunately for Penn and his fans, “The Prodigy” proved to be no match for the new St. Pierre, who thoroughly dominated him en route to a TKO finish after Penn’s corner threw in the towel between the fourth and fifth rounds.


Prior to the bout in the main event of UFC 94, St. Pierre and Penn were the subjects of the first installment of UFC Primetime, a fight camp documentary series designed to stimulate interest in the event, which took place on Super Bowl weekend. During the show, lightweight champ BJ Penn was vocal about his desire to “kill” St. Pierre inside of the cage, prompting St. Pierre to grow increasingly agitated as the bout drew closer.


BJ Penn was the first fighter to enter the cage to traditional Hawaiian music, appearing emotional and licking his lips as he made his way into the Octagon. St. Pierre entered next wearing his traditional Gi, somber and focused.


The first round was a closely contested affair, with neither fighter landing much in the way of strikes. Penn impressed by fighting off St. Pierre’s takedown attempts for much of the round, a significant feat considering the Canadian champion’s wrestling reputation. Although Penn avoided being finished, the second round belonged to the welterweight champion, as he took Penn down early and made him pay with punishing knees to the body as well as significant punches from top position throughout the round, cutting the Hawaiian under the eye. By the end of the round, Penn’s will to fight appeared to be wilting. St. Pierre widened the gap further still in the third round, landing jabs and leg kicks at will at the beginning of the round before again taking Penn to the ground and punishing him from top position. Penn was now bleeding from the nose and looked worn out. St. Pierre astounded the commentating team by continuously passing Penn’s notoriously-slick guard with apparent ease. The fourth round worsened the trend, as St. Pierre punished Penn mercilessly from top position, prompting the referee to warn Penn that he would stop the fight if the lightweight champion could not properly defend himself. Ultimately, Penn escaped the round, but did not answer the bell for the fifth and final round after his corner threw in the towel, awarding St. Pierre the TKO victory.


Following the fight, St. Pierre revealed a scientific approach to his game plan for the bout, telling commentator Joe Rogan that he had formulated his game plan based of off physiological weaknesses he observed in Penn’s body, such as his lack of abdominal strength and muscular endurance. Although St. Pierre won the fight, controversy arose in the weeks following the bout when Penn’s camp accused St. Pierre’s corner man Phil Nurse of applying Vaseline to his fighter’s shoulders between rounds, making Penn’s guard work less effective. St. Pierre and his camp vehemently denied any intentional cheating and the Nevada State Athletic Commission took no disciplinary action. St. Pierre even went so far as to challenge Penn to a third meeting to settle the score once and for all, but that bout did not materialize.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:27 PM ET
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