BJ Penn Not Going Up To Welterweight Yet According To Dana White

Written by Tim Ngo
December 14th, 2009

UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn has made it clear that he wants a third shot at welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. “There’s probably a couple more [lightweights], and then I would consider him cleaning out his division,” UFC president Dana White said.

Those lightweights would be Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar, who impressively defeated a much larger Matt Veach at “The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights Finale” on December 5th.

Even Penn didn’t really want to think about the future after what was quite possibly his most impressive outing to date at “UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez.”

“I just want to enjoy tonight. I don’t want to think about that right now,” a happy and excited Penn stated.

White was ecstatic that Penn has finally dedicated himself to the sport 100% and is fighting for the love of the sport nine years into his career.

“I’ve been waiting for this for years from BJ Penn, to take it serious and start training,” White explained. “He’s been coasting on talent for 10 years and now he’s taking it serious.”

So, if Penn can finish off the lightweight division in his next two fights, White could approve a move back up to 170lbs. That doesn’t mean he’d be in line for an immediate title shot.

“You don’t just abandon your title, move up to fight 170 and fight GSP with the way you lost to him last time. He’d have to fight a couple top contenders at 170, then maybe,” White clarified.

Things seem to be coming together for Penn who showed he still might have his best years ahead of him after his beatdown of Diego Sanchez.

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