Former UFC Welterweight and Lightweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn recently suffered back to back losses to current UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. The Hilo, Hawaii native was planning on getting back on the horse as soon as possible to climb back up the lightweight rankings but is now being heavily rumored to have a fight against fellow former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, whom he has fought twice before. Penn further reinforced those rumors when he took to his personal website BJPenn.com and issued a message about his next fight (which he says he couldn’t refuse) and also spoke about his current weight, possibly indicating that his next fight could be at welterweight.
“Dana offered me a fight a couple days ago, on Sunday, because he said the lightweight guy that I was gonna fight was hurt, he couldn’t take the fight so Dana offered me a fight I couldn’t resist,” Penn said. “I’m 165 pounds right now. I didn’t go out since my last fight, just came back and kept training so I’m in shape. I’m gonna keep trying to train as hard as I can and make whatever adjustments to my training schedule and my camp. That’s about it. Dana offered me a fight I couldn’t refuse so I’m gonna take it.”
Penn-Hughes III will likely go down at UFC 123 this November 20th as both Hughes and Penn have released statements regarding the strong likelihood that they will both be fighting in November. The first time that they met, Penn shocked the world by defeating Hughes to capture the UFC Welterweight Championship, which Hughes had successfully defended five times in a row. Hughes took the upper hand in the second match, however, defeating Penn via third round TKO.