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Old 03-29-2010, 08:43 PM
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UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn is famous for competing in much higher weight classes than his frame makes comfortable; he even won his first UFC title at welterweight. As Penn gets ready to defend his title against Frank Edgar at UFC 112, there have been rumblings of another move up in weight for Penn that would see him taking on contenders in hopes of recapturing the welterweight championship.
"Yeah, I think there is a possibility of that," Penn said in a recent interview with IGN Sports. "I don't in no way want to look past Frankie Edgar, he's a good fighter. You never know what could happen. But if I go back to welterweight, maybe I'll try to give it a run, maybe fight a couple of fights there, we'll see how it goes."

He went on to discuss his chances against the large 170lbs. like Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch.

"I think I could do good against some of the top welterweights," he said. "Yeah, pretty big guys, but you gotta live some times, you gotta step up sometime, huh?"

Penn also said that, depending on the outcome of the upcoming Matt Hughes Vs. Renzo Gracie fight, that he is open to a rubber match with Matt Hughes (Penn submitted Hughes to win the 170lbs title but lost in a rematch). Penn seems to be leaning away from bouncing around in weight; he told IGN that he "might try to do it permanent."

Before those of us who find a renewed Penn's prospects at welterweight intriguing get too excited though, we should note that Penn and his innovative trainers (Marv and Gary Marinovich) "haven't even talked about [moving up to welterweight]."

"The Prodigy" seems relaxed and in a groove right now in his career. Penn is very close to clearing out his division of worthy contenders. Depending on the results of his looming fight with Frankie Edgar, I don't think that many people would be surprised to see him move up and try his chances against the bigger dogs at welterweight.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:05 PM
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From what I've seen when he moves up, he tends to gas out. He obviously hits hard and can take hard hits, but for some reason, his stamina seems to suffer when he moves up.

What would be in it for Matt to fight him again?
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:32 PM
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From what I've seen when he moves up, he tends to gas out. He obviously hits hard and can take hard hits, but for some reason, his stamina seems to suffer when he moves up.

What would be in it for Matt to fight him again?
I think BJ has his cardio issue figured out, and he is training seriously now. Stepping up to 170 he would do it the right way and would be in great shape, at least judging by his attitude recently. As far as what's in it for Matt, it would be the tiebreaker between them. As much as I like Matt Hughes though, I would have to give this to Penn, but you never know.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:54 PM
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I like the sound of this.

Matt gets a big payday and gets to beat BJ up again.

Everything is fine here, carry on.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:07 PM
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Would be interesting to see. For BJ to jump to welterweight the right way (gaining muscle) would probably take a year (usually 10 pounds of muscle is a good year). He'd find it tough to get up to that weight without taking a year off to focus on just that. He probably weighs 165 right now meaning he'd be giving up around 15-20 pounds to Matt. This was Sherk's problem in the welterweight division as MMA progressed (he was weighing around 167 fighting in the WW class). BJ is incredibly talented, but he'd have his hands full with guys outweighing him by that much.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:28 PM
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From what I've seen when he moves up, he tends to gas out. He obviously hits hard and can take hard hits, but for some reason, his stamina seems to suffer when he moves up.

What would be in it for Matt to fight him again?
He hasn't moved up since having a strength and conditioning coach.
Who knows?

Would be interesting.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:17 PM
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I agree that it would be interesting......to watch Matt Hughes get him in a crucifix again and punch his head in
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:45 PM
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that doesn't sound like quotes from the normal BJ penn, it sounds like he is growing up in the way he talks about things
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:57 PM
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for some reason i don't see this happening ... but i never saw lidell/ortiz III coming either
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:02 AM
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I see Gomi beating Florian, BJ beating Gomi, and then BJ going into WW. At that point it's only a matter of time before he fights Hughes. They are BOTH top level guys. Another win against BJ would be big for Matt.
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