"It's all about getting that lightweight title right now.... Joe Stevenson isn't the big name like Hughes or (Georges) St. Pierre, but it's all about getting the title. I really want to be the first guy to have a belt in the lightweight and welterweight divisions.... The guy [Sean Sherk] has been cheating for how many years? At least everybody knows now what everybody had suspected the whole time. But honestly, I can't worry about Sean Sherk right now. I can't look past Joe Stevenson. I've got to beat him, or there won't be any fight with Sean Sherk, there won't be any fight with Matt Hughes. As far as Sherk goes, he's going to have to sit on the side and wait while the two people fight for the real lightweight championship, not the 'steroid championship'...."
-- BJ Penn tells the Houston Chronicle that he is not looking past his upcoming fight with Joe Stevenson at UFC 80: "Rapid Fire" in Newcastle, England, on January 19 for the interim lightweight title. With a win "The Prodigy" would be the first fighter in the history of the organization to win 155 and 170-pound championships. He also backs off the previous statements that he would not fight Sherk, saying that he would "entertain" the match up. For the latest rumored UFC 80 fight card click here.