UFC lightweight champion
Penn and company had originally anticipated a showdown with St. Pierre at UFC 92 on Dec. 27 in Las Vegas.
"He's staying strong and focused," J.D. said. "Jan. 31 gives him an extra month to train."
In a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com, B.J. said he's pulling out all the stops in preparation for the fight. It's not just an issue of avenging a loss -- he dropped a split decision to St. Pierre at UFC 58 in his second go-around as a UFC welterweight -- but advancing the sport to a higher level.
"St. Pierre, he's got his Canadian fans, his American fans, his fans all over the world," B.J. said. "I could see in one night that fight jumping the sport of mixed martial arts leaps and bounds. It could be maybe the
The UFC's Super Bowl weekend cards have taken on increased importance since the sport's meteoric rise in visibility. With Penn and St. Pierre coming off extremely impressive performances at UFC 84 and UFC 87, respectively, the event has the potential to splash black ink across Zuffa's first quarter balance sheet for 2009.
White recently told Kevin Iole of
As of yet, no other fights have been rumored or confirmed for the Jan. 31 card in Las Vegas.