The only drawback I see to one guy holding two belts is that, as Biggz said, it could delay subsequent title fights in one or both weight divisions.
A non-title fight would be inappropriate here, and not just because of the extra two rounds (I think they could agree to a 5-round, non-title fight, if they wanted to). The problem there for me is that a non-title fight would feel like an exhibition match, like Matt Hughes against Royce Gracie. The belts that champions wear reflect
their standing among their peers, they don't confer it; a fight between two champions is a fight between two champions, and calling it a non-title fight would just be dishonest.
Another issue is whether or not Penn is "jumping the line" to a title fight, but I don't really feel that he is, at least not enough to bother me. After Fitch, nobody at 170 looks like an automatic contender to me. You could argue that Penn should have to go through the formality of defeating another 170-lb contender to earn a title shot, but you could also argue that he just did that, with his win over Sean Sherk.
The only solution I see (to a problem that is only theoretical, at the moment) is to bar current belt-holders from participating in a title fight at another weight. You couldn't strip a champion of his belt, because as I say, the belt reflects his standing; if you took away his belt for such a bureaucratic reason, Penn would still be the best Lightweight in the UFC. We see this now, in the Heavyweight division, where Couture-vs-Nogueira is the real title match and these preliminary matches are a bit of a farce.
Besides, a rematch between Penn and GSP is going to be #$%@ing awesome
. And isn't that ultimately the point?
Posted by Naturaldisaster
yeah it pisses me off because Penn can be the WW champ (I dont think he will be GSP), but he can fight at 170. however GSP CANNOT fight at LW. so how is it fair that GSP has to defend his title, but BJ's LW title is safe Win or Lose.
Posted by jomatty
not fair? gsp cant fight at 155 but penn can fight at 170, there is nothing more fair than that. you cant defend the lw title against someone who weighs 170 pounds so that is a silly silly arguement