Former UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn might be going to a new weight, and could be his last fight ever, but he is taking one thing at a time. He has dropped down to featherweight to fight Frankie Edgar.
“If Dana had asked me to come to 145, and fight any other people, there’s no way I would have done it.”
BJ lost to Edgar in 2010 and with his rematch only two months away, Penn looks back on his first fight with Edgar.
“I had a good run going at 155. Frankie came in, and one thing about Frankie, he’s one of the best in the UFC. Getting the opportunity to coach against him, I realized he’s one of the most competitive people. He’s not one of those ‘I’m mad at you now and I want to kick everybody’s butt. He’s just a really competitive person and I think that’s going to help me. I’ve got a very familiar opponent standing on the other side.”
BJ Penn is 1-2-1 in his last four fights. He beat Matt Hughes via knockout at UFC 123 – Rampage vs. Machida on Nov / 20 / 2010, but then we to a draw with Jon Fitch at UFC 127 – Penn vs. Fitch on Feb / 27 / 2011. He lost to Nick Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 137 – Penn vs. Diaz on Oct / 29 / 2011 and then lost to Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 5 – Henderson vs. Diaz on Dec / 08 / 2012.
The 35 year old is a one time UFC Lightweight and one time Welterweight Champion.
The two will fight again on July 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale.