Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn is currently on a two-fight losing skid (both defeats courtesy current 155-pound champ Frankie Edgar) for the first time since he posted consecutive losses to Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre back in 2006. Having a history of jumping weight classes, Penn will this Saturday compete as an undersized welterweight in a rubber match with former champ Hughes where he will look to right his career with a victory.
Though “The Prodigy” is currently set to fight in the 170-pound division, the Hilo, Hawaii native said during a recent interview on ESPN’s SportsCenter that his future will find him back in title contention at lightweight. Props to MMAFighting.com for the find/transcription.
“I know I’ll get my chance again,” Penn said. “I plan on going out and beating Matt Hughes, and honestly, deep down in my heart, I know I’ll be lightweight champion again.”
For the foreseeable future however, it seems that Penn is up for taking interesting fights in either division out of a desire to stay active.
“I’m probably stuck somewhere in between, but it doesn’t matter,” Penn said. “We can get down at 170 pounds or 155 pounds. It doesn’t make a big difference to me.”
Penn and Hughes will complete their trilogy this Saturday night at UFC 123 which is going down at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan and will feature a main event bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.