With a title defense against 155-pound challenger Frankie Edgar slated for this Saturday’s UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn is considering a return to the 170-pound welterweight division if he successfully defends the title that he’s held since January 2008.
“If everything goes well (at UFC 112), I’d definitely consider moving up to 170. Not that it’s 100-percent guaranteed, but I’m thinking about it,” Penn said recently during a UFC 112 media conference call. “If I do move, I’m going to move slow. I’m not going to try to rush anything. I’d think about it as testing the waters, something like Anderson Silva is doing (at light heavyweight).”
Penn (15-5-1) won the UFC welterweight title with a first-round submission of Matt Hughes in 2004, but dropped back-to-back fights to Georges St-Pierre and Hughes after return to the promotion in 2006. “The Prodigy” has since won five-straight at lightweight, while losing a rematch to St-Pierre at 170-pounds last January.