Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn is poised to attempt to reclaim the lightweight title that Frankie Edgar took from him this past April at UFC 112. Penn and Edgar will engage in an immediate rematch in that bout this August 28th at UFC 118 and, while Penn is laser-focused on that bout and on getting his belt back, he recently told MMAWeekly.com that he hasn’t ruled out an eventual return to the division where he captured his first UFC Championship title: welterweight.
“There’s definitely a wait and see till after this fight, but there’s always much to accomplish anyways,” said Penn of moving back up to 170lbs.
UFC President Dana White has long maintained that before a champion should move to another division, he should clean out the weight class over which he currently presides. Penn doesn’t totally disagree with that but also doesn’t think that a temporary vacation in another weight class allows new contenders to develop in a cleaned out division.
“Even if you do clean out the division, then you go to welterweight for a little while, there’s going to be another new Frankie, and all these guys,” said Penn. “They’re always going to be popping up. You can’t keep these guys down, they’re too good,”
Penn will take the first step toward cleaning out the lightweight division by attempting to reclaim the belt that once was his from Frankie “The Answer” Edgar this Saturday at UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II which will air live on pay-per-view from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.