During a recent promotion for the new UFC Undisputed 2010, BJ Penn told IGN.com that if he could get past his next title defense against Frankie Edgar, he would like to make a run at the welterweight division, possibly vacating his lightweight belt.
“Yeah, I think there is a possibility of [moving to welterweight]. 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…I might try to do it permanent. We’ll see, I just don’t want to rush anything, just take my time and go out there and do my best.”
Penn then went on to talk about his excitement to fight the top contenders in the welterweight division, such as Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, and even a Matt Hughes rematch.
“I think I could do good against some of the top welterweights. Yeah, pretty big guys, but you gotta live some times, you gotta step up sometime, huh? Yeah, you never know what could happen [with Hughes]. Let’s see how him and Renzo go, let’s see what happens there.”
Penn vacating the lightweight belt would open the flood gates for the lightweight division, giving some interesting match-ups for title contenders such as Florian, Edgar, Maynard, and Gomi. The only question is, how would the former welterweight champ fair against a much more stacked and improved welterweight division.