Just two weeks after it was announced that B.J. Penn would be fighting Frankie Edgar at featherweight (details), the former two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion is already feeling regret. Not about taking the fight, mind you, but rather the division in which it's going to take place.
"The Prodigy" would have preferred lightweight, according to BJPenn.com
"You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 pounds. Nothing to do with the weight, it's just I really feel that Frankie hasn't lost yet. He's right up there, and I feel everybody says I'm supposed to be the greatest at lightweight. Frankie beat me twice. Frankie never really lost yet. Pettis is the new champ, you got all these new guys coming. Well, if Frankie and me are the old guys, maybe who walks out of that ring will be one of the best lightweights of all time. We're going to find out. It might be a good thing for me, 145 might be the best thing to ever happen to BJ Penn. We'll find out."
Penn has yet to compete at 145 pounds, but has ample time to make the cut.
That's because he will join Edgar as head coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), which is expected to begin filming later this year. TUF 19 will debut next January of FOX Sports 1 and the season will be capped off by "Edgar vs. Penn 3."
"The Answer" is currently ahead two-zip on the struggling Hawaiian and himself made the trip to featherweight after consecutive losses to Ben Henderson, the first of which cost him the division strap. Penn, meanwhuile, is mired in a dreadful run of 1-4-1.
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