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"I am happy at 155lbs right now and am looking forward to fighting Frankie. I have a tough opponent in front of me at UFC 112. I don’t think any champion can really ‘clean out’ a division because there are so many great fighters coming through all the time as soon as you beat one guy another one just as good is ready for his try. I think a champion just has to keep going through these guys, beating these guys and build a legacy. I am too experienced; I’ve been doing this for too long to underestimate anyone at this level. As far as my aspirations to go back up to welterweight and fight GSP again, I am going to have to wait. I do want to be the welterweight champion again, I want to fight GSP again and I am always interested in moving up, I have done that in the past, looked beyond what I had to do, and I won’t be looking past Frankie Edgar."
BJ Penn prepares for the latest challenger in a seemingly outmatched division as Frankie Edgar gets his chance to try and dethrone the Hawaiian at UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi. The reigning 155-pound champion has looked nearly invincible since returning to the lightweight division in June 2007. In fact, "The Prodigy" has violently finished all five of his opponents in his weight class, including a submission win (rear naked choke) over Kenny Florian at UFC 101 in August 2009. For dessert he had two scoops of Diego Sanchez's face at UFC 107 last December. Is his return to welterweight a foregone conclusion? Or does Edgar finally have "The Answer" to beating Penn?