Never one to enjoy cutting weight, B.J. Penn has taken to 145 pounds so far, saying it could be "the best thing that ever happened to me."
"We’re gonna find out," Penn in a video for RVCA.
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Penn just finished filming The Ultimate Fighter 19, which will premiere April 16. He’ll fight his opposing coach, Frankie Edgar, in late August, he said in the video. Penn lost his lightweight title to Edgar in April 2010 in a close decision and then was decisively beaten by Edgar again four months later.
"I believe I can do better than what I showed fighting with him a second time," Penn said. "When I got the opportunity, it was just a no-brainer. Why not go and take one more crack at Frankie?"
Penn, who just turned 35 last month, has been UFC lightweight champion and welterweight champion. The only other person in UFC history to win the title in two different weight classes was Randy Couture. Now, the Hawaiian is looking for the hat trick. And he believes an impressive win over Edgar could get him a title shot at featherweight before long.
I think I’ll beat Frankie convincingly and I think we’ll be right back at the top in the mix with everybody else.
- B.J. Penn
"I think I’ll beat Frankie convincingly and I think we’ll be right back at the top in the mix with everybody else," Penn said.
As for the new weight, the UFC legend said it’s agreeing with him so far. He looked lean in the video – which was never a guarantee for pre-camp B.J. Penn.
"I feel great," he said. "It’s a new chance to show what I got. I’m very excited. Maybe 145 is the best thing that ever happened to me."