Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn is playing a role this Saturday night that he has not played in several years: lightweight title challenger. Penn lost the title that he had held through three title defenses to fast-moving New Jersey native Frankie Edgar in April of this year at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. Penn will be looking to get his title back in the immediate rematch of that fight this weekend in Boston and “The Prodigy” told Heavy.com recently that he is motivated and ready to recapture the lightweight crown.
“I feel unbelievable,” Penn said of his pre-fight state, later adding, “I couldn’t be better man, I’m happy.”
The general consensus of most MMA fans and analysts is that Penn had an off night in Abu Dhabi and should be able to take back the title if he comes to fight motivated. Penn echoed that statement and assured that he is motivated to win.
“A motivated BJ Penn is somebody not to mess with, and you know what? I’m pretty motivated, I’m pretty damn motivated right now,” he said.
Penn has mentioned that he has made some adjustments in his training and that he is focusing much more on maintaining mental well-being for his UFC 118 headlining fight. He hinted at that again during his interview with Heavy.
“Everybody wants to talk about how hard they train going into their fight, and I just want to tell you how hard I rested going into this fight,” said Penn.
Penn will have the chance to put the results of his new training regimen and motivation on display this Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts where UFC 118 will be airing live via pay-per-view.