“I just wanted to address something real quick. Yesterday [on the conference call] one of the reporters asked me if I was done fighting at 155 pounds and I said, ‘Dana wouldn’t let that happen’. I definitely believe that I’ll be fighting at 155 pounds again. So maybe I was a little miss quoted or maybe the quote came out wrong. But that’s not really important, what’s important is taking on Jon Fitch in Australia. He’s been the man for a long time at welterweight and that’s it, that’s the plan.”
—BJ Penn on BJPenn.com clarifying his intentions to compete in the lightweight division again
There you have it, BJ Penn plans to fight at 155 again. The question is, when? Dana White said the Penn-Fitch winner will get the next welterweight title shot, so I assume BJ wouldn’t pass that up to move back down.
Speaking of the welterweight title picture, things are about to get awfully interesting if GSP beats Jake Shields and makes the jump to middleweight and leaves his belt behind. If that happens, who would fight the Penn-Fitch winner? BE’s Jonathan Snowden suggests a welterweight tournament which would be f-ing awesome, but the Zuffa-era UFC has never shown any interest in tournaments beyond The Ultimate Fighter reality show. I’d like to think all the interest in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix has opened their minds to the idea, but with Dana and co. you never know.
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