by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
B.J. Penn has talked recently about the legacy he wants to leave behind when he exits the sport of mixed martial arts, which includes fighting in various weight classes. He addressed rumors about a possible move back to welterweight recently with MMAWeekly.com.
“What does everybody want me to do?” he asked about his divisional status. “I hear people keep talking about it and I always hear Dana (White) saying he wants me to stay in the 155-pound division, but if the fans and the media and the people are so intrigued with the fact that B.J. Penn will fight anybody at any weigh, but right now, I’m just thinking about the lightweight division.”
The list of contenders seems to grow on an almost daily basis and Penn is excited to face all of them.
“I think there’s so many good guys coming up,” he said. “I’m not going to sit here, I’m not going to say any names. I realize this division is so stacked. There’re so many good fighters and hungry fighters out there. They’re coming and I better be ready.”
One fight in the lightweight division that fans would love to see is a rematch between Penn and Takanori Gomi, who Penn defeated a few years back, and while the Japanese superstar is currently signed to another promotion, Penn is confident they will mix it up again.
“With me and Takanori Gomi, the question is where do you sell the fight? He’s a huge name in Japan, I’m a big name in the U.S,” he stated. “It’s all about making big fights. I’m sure me and Gomi are going to fight again, some way, somehow. I’m sure it’s going to happen.”
The welterweight division is still on Penn’s mind though and with the upcoming fight between Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra, the current lightweight champ weighed in on the fight and a rematch with St. Pierre down the road as well.
“Georges still has to get past Matt Serra though. I think if Georges can get past Matt Serra and I know I’m going to get past Sean Sherk, we could have some kind of really huge fight there. I’m talking about a fight of the century type of fight, but Matt Serra’s no joke, you know?
“He already knocked Georges out once and he’s better on the ground. So if Georges takes him down, I’d put Serra as the guy who has the better groundwork. So Georges is going to have to come up with a good game plan. Georges has got a great camp to do what he’s got to do. I expect a great fight, and don’t count out Matt Serra against anyone.”
Ultimately, Penn would like to take both the 155-pound and 170-pound divisional titles home to Hawaii and cement his place in history.
“I want to be the first person to hold two divisional titles at the same time in the UFC,” said Penn. “That would be awesome.”
First up on the agenda though is for Penn to face Sherk on May 24 in defense of his UFC lightweight title.