UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn faces Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez at UFC 107 on December 12th. Penn is gearing up for the fight, which he says will be a “great test for him.”
“Diego is a great opponent and a great test for me,” Penn recently told SunSport. “Right now is a perfect time in my career to fight him.
“I’ve got good training coaches, a good regime — it’s going to be a great fight and it has the capability of being one of my biggest tests at 155lbs.”
Penn is hoping to get a rematch with Georges St-Pierre, whom he has lost to twice before, if he successfully retains his title.
“I definitely want to fight GSP again,” Penn admitted. “I’ve got to defend the lightweight title and take on all challenges that make me better but if I get a chance to fight GSP again — even if it was a non-title fight — I’d jump at the opportunity.”
The Prodigy went on to say that other then GSP, he is looking to fight any top rated fighter, regardless of weight class.
“As far as big-money fights go, we’ll have to see who the next No1 contender is. There will always be people to beat and as the lightweight champion I have to honour that and keep defending the title.
“But as a businessman you hope it’s someone with a big name who can bring a big fan base into the fight.”
Penn admitted that it may be a good idea for the UFC to recruit fighters from rival promotions, since many of the UFC fighters have similar fight styles.
“Everybody’s styles are exactly the same — it’s all generic,” Penn acknowledged. “A lot of the contenders are good boxers and have good takedowns — they can give you a good fight standing up or grind it out on the ground and get a lot of decisions that way.”
UFC 107 will be taking place inside the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on December 12, and will feature former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir facing top-ranked heavyweight Cheick Kongo in the co-main event.