BJ Penn Ready To Fight at UFC 101

Written by Tim Ngo
June 25th, 2009

Rumors have been making their rounds surrounding BJ Penn’s current interest, or lack there of, of fighting #1 lightweight contender Kenny Florian. Penn was quick to shoot down any rumors about being out of shape by posting a YouTube video of showing himself weighing in at a slender 166.8 lbs.

Following Diego Sanchez’ win at “The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale” over Clay Guida, the former TUF champion was quick to throw his name in the mix if Penn was unable to compete.

“Say something happens and BJ isn’t ready to defend his title and he vacates, Diego Sanchez is going to be right there saying ‘Joe Silva, let’s get it homie. Bring Kenny Florian one more time. Let’s do this!” Sanchez told Steve Cofield of Cagewriter.

Thoughts about Penn wanting to get a re-match with Georges St-Pierre as opposed to fighting Florian, as well as the birth of his new baby daughter, have been the main distractions fueling a potential lack of motivation for Penn.

As you can see in the video above, Penn is clearly training and should be ready to go by August 8th’s UFC 101: Declaration.

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