Not before, and not since,
But what does that mean for the 155-pound weight class and the lightweight championship if Penn is off fighting for another title in a different division?
"B.J.'s not vacating the 155-pound title," according to UFC President
Of course this puts possibly the deepest weight class in the UFC on hold for an indefinite amount of time as Penn and St. Pierre aren't likely to clash before late December and the lightweight title could be out of the picture until some time deep into 2009.
The current lightweight champion feels confident in his abilities to defend both titles if he is able to defeat St. Pierre.
"I'm moving up to the welterweight division and moving down to defend the lightweight title," said Penn in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com
"I know B.J.' s gameplan is to win the welterweight title and defend both belts at the same time. I don't know if Dana's going to allow him to do that," Florian stated during an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. "If he beats G.S.P., is he going to stay in the welterweight division? If he loses it's probably more probable that he'll go back to 155. So I don't know, there's a lot of 'ifs.' I want to stay busy. I need it for me for me for my game mentally, physically I want to stay busy. I think it's important. I want to keep making money, I want to keep fighting."
For the time being it appears set that Penn will hold onto the lightweight title while waiting to fight St. Pierre, and Florian will look for another fight this year.