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BJ Penn: I’m Moving Up To The Welterweight Division

BJ PennBJ Penn’s next two opponents may both be determined tomorrow at UFC 87 in Minnesota.

The winner of the featured lightweight clash between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta is expected to receive a shot at Penn’s 155-pound title while Penn has hopes of fighting for the promotion’s welterweight championship against the winner of the UFC 87 main event between current 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Jon Fitch.

Penn is expected to return to the octagon in December at the UFC’s final show of the year, likely against the winner of tomorrow’s St. Pierre-Fitch title bout.

Both Penn and UFC President Dana White recently offered up their thoughts to MMA Weekly on what lies ahead for the UFC’s 155-pound champion.

“I don’t think he’ll get the winner of Fitch and GSP,” White said. “He wants to fight GSP if GSP wins the title. GSP has a win over him. He wants to try to beat GSP. I don’t think he’d move up if Fitch won.”

Penn, however, says it doesn’t matter who holds the welterweight title as he’d face St. Pierre or Fitch for the championship.

“I’d feel okay facing anyone for the welterweight title,” said Penn. “Jon Fitch is a great opponent, a tough opponent, but St. Pierre brings the whole backing of Canada with him to a fight. Fan base, this sport, it’s entertainment. It would be great to put on a big fight with me and St-Pierre, but then again, it’s about me fighting the best fighter and if Fitch goes down and proves he’s the best fighter, then he’s the man. I’m moving up to the welterweight division and moving down to defend the lightweight title.”


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