BJ Penn Wants Another Title, Lightweight Return?

October 25, 2011
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B.J. Penn

Former multi-division UFC champion B.J. Penn would like another title shot before his fighting career comes to a close.

“I’d love to get another title before I step out of the game,” Penn recently said on a media conference call.

“I’d love to get another, maybe win the welterweight title one more time. Maybe even, if possible, try to the lightweight title another time,” he said.

Penn could get a bit closer to a title shot in the welterweight division with a win over Nick Diaz at UFC 137 on Oct. 29, but the Hawaiian says he’s approaching his career one fight at a time.

“I don’t’ want to speak too soon,“ said Penn when asked if he thinks he’ll get a title shot if he beats Diaz. “As far as everything goes, I’m just trying to take it one fight at a time. If Dana feels that I’m impressive in my next fight and he wants to grant me that opportunity, I’d be very gracious for the offer.

“As far as getting the title shot or whatever, I think a bunch of the title shot and all of that, it’s all about at the right time, who is open and who is injured, who’s not injured,” he added.

Penn has competed in 11 UFC title bouts, and would return to the lightweight division to get a shot at a twelfth, or thirteenth.

“If the offer presented itself, I’d jump at the chance,” said Penn.

At 32 years old, Penn has plenty of fights left in him and is nowhere close to considering retirement.

“I’m not planning on going anywhere soon,“ said Penn. “But you never know when you get that opportunity to get a title shot or maybe get a title. Just like Carlos Condit, he’s going to sit out and wait because he never knows again when he could get that opportunity. And I understand him doing something like that. You never know. I’d love to stick around as long as Randy (Couture) stuck around if I could do something like that.”

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