Rewind to September 2008 and to UFC 87. Jon Fitch was in the main event facing UFC Welterweight Champion George "Rush" St. Pierre. The results were unanimous for the champion as St. Pierre walked away with a 50-43 and two 50-44 decision.
Fast forward to tomorrow night. St. Pierre will be facing UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn in the main event for the Welterweight Title. Jon Fitch, on the other hand, has been moved down to the Undercard to face Akihiro Gono.
St. Pierre will be looking to continue his dominance in the Welterweight division and solidify his claim as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. BJ Penn will be looking to be the first UFC fighter to be a champion in two different weight divisions at the same time.
BJ is coming off his victory at UFC 84 against Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk and is training hard for this upcoming battle.
As featured on UFC Primetime, GSP and Penn had excellent training camps, most notably is Penn's "underwater" training session where he and another fighter would go underwater and carry a boulder and walk the bottom of the water, a session that Penn would later describe as "a man's workout." GSP's training featured a special guest: current UFC Light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
The weigh-in's made everything official as GSP weighed in at the maximum 170lbs and Penn came in at 168lbs.
Also on the card in the pre-main event features two undefeated Brazillians looking to climb the Light-heavyweight ladder as Thiago Silva locks up with Lyoto Machida. Both fighters come in at 13-0.
Fitch, as mentioned before, will be on the undercard against Akihiro Gono. Now, he may be fighting a man in Fitch, a fight that is expected to go the way of the former No. 1 contender but do not take Gono lightly. Gono is an MMA veteran, having his first fight in April 1994. Since then, he has compiled a record of 28-13-7 with notable fights against some of the sports best such as Matt Hughes, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Dan Henderson and Ivan Salaverry.
Needless to say, this UFC is set to be one of the most unpredictable events in recent memory so on Saturday, January 31 at 10pm EST, get ready for a good show.
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