Two weeks ago the UFC announced that B.J. Penn would be fighting Frankie Edgar, but at a weight class Penn is new to: featherweight. The former two-division UFC champion is already speaking out on what he wishes, and possibly regrets.
Penn said he wishes the two where colliding at 155 pounds instead of 145 because he wants to prove he’s the greatest at lightweight.
“You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 pounds,” Penn said on BJPENN.com Radio. “Nothing to do with the weight, it’s just I really feel that Frankie hasn’t lost yet. He’s right up there, and I feel everybody says I’m supposed to be the greatest at lightweight. Frankie beat me twice. Frankie never really lost yet. Pettis is the new champ, you got all these new guys coming. Well if Frankie and me are the old guys, maybe who walks out of that ring will be one of the best lightweights of all time. We’re going to find out.”
It started with him asking for fights with other fighters, then UFC President Dana White just asked him why he wants to fight again in the first place.
“He has two decision wins over me, and I look at him and that’s the guy I want to fight,” he said. “The way it got put together, me and Dana were talking about fighting again and he asked ‘Why do you want to fight again, man?’ I’m like, ‘Maybe a couple good fights and maybe see if I can earn my shot back up and maybe get a chance to redeem myself against Frankie.’ And at that time, of course that wasn’t on anyone’s radar, B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar. I’m sure it wasn’t on Frankie’s.”
Edgar and Penn are set to coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, which is expected to be filmed later this year and air next January.