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BJ Penn impressed with Georges St-Pierre’s title-winning performance at UFC 217

MMA: UFC 217-Bisping vs St-Pierre Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Since capturing the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight title at UFC 217 a few weeks ago by submitting Michael Bisping in the third round, Georges St-Pierre’s future at 185 pounds has been rather cloudy.

In fact, even his own team admits they don’t like him in the weight class, as the extra luggage he has to carry around hinders his cardio and overall performance. Still, winning a world title at the highest level in a division you’ve never competed in — while coming off a four-year break — is nothing to scoff at.

And there is at least one fellow fighter who likes Georges at 185 pounds. B.J. Penn, who knows “Rush” as good as anyone having lost to him on two separate occasions, says he was impressed with his rival’s win at middleweight.

“You know what? That was a huge win for GSP, he looked good, he looked great in his comeback,” Penn said on this week’s special Tuesday edition of BJ Penn Radio (via BJPenn.com). “It looked awesome, he’s good at that weight.”

If anyone knows a thing or three about winning in two divisions it’s “The Prodigy,” as he is one of only four fighters — which now includes St-Pierre — to win titles in two separate divisions under the UFC umbrella, with Randy Couture and Conor McGregor being the others.

Still, there is uncertainty as to what Georges will do next. There is always the option of going down to 170 pounds to try and reclaim his Welterweight title, but that seems unlikely according to the current champion, Tyron Woodley. St-Pierre has stated in the past he’s contractually obligated to face interim titleholder Robert Whittaker, but hasn’t confirmed his next move.

As for Penn, he believes Georges will live up to his contract and face “The Reaper.”

“Yeah I think knowing him, he’ll defend his new weight belt,” Penn said. “He likes to do stuff [like that]. He likes to defend the championship and he’s got a great opponent in front of him. Robert Whitaker, [they are] two great fighters.”

Or he could retire from the sport altogether.

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