“If everything goes well on April 10, I definitely would consider moving up to 170. Not that it’s 100% guaranteed — there are still a lot of good contenders at the 155-pound division — but I’m thinking about it…I’d take it slow. I’m not going to rush anything…I would think about it more as testing the waters. I’d talk to Dana and see if he would want me to vacate the belt, but maybe I’d do something like Anderson is doing.”
—BJ Penn telling the media he would consider moving to welterweight after he defends his lightweight title UFC 112
BJ Penn’s potential move back to welterweight has come up several times in recent months, but this is the first time he’s put any kind of loose time line on it. There will always be challengers for Penn at lightweight, but not necessarily intriguing contenders, at least with the UFC’s current lightweight roster. UFC Fight Night 21 could produce a compelling contender in Takanori Gomi if he looks spectacular against Kenny Florian, but beyond that and maybe Gray Maynard there really isn’t too much to look forward to in the foreseeable future. A welterweight fight in the meantime could be the best option while a new lightweight contender emerges.
All the welterweight talk doesn’t mean Penn isn’t focused on Frankie Edgar though. He reassured the media Edgar is not someone to look past.
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