BJ Penn has already held the UFC Lightweight Title and the UFC Welterweight Title during his long tenure in the UFC. Penn, who returns after a lengthy absence to face Yair Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Fight Night 103, believes he’s on the road to becoming the UFC Featherweight Champion.
“My whole goal right now is to just get that third world title,” Penn told MMA Fighting. “And then we’ll see. If it takes a little while, maybe we walk away. If we get it quick, then maybe we go to 155. I don’t know. I don’t know, but I know … I’m in here to fight and I’m going to win on Sunday, and you’re going to see me again quick after this, for sure.”
Penn missed weight in his first attempt at featherweight when he fought former UFC Lightweight Champion, but he feels that he is more disciplined the second time around.
“I’m more disciplined,” Penn said. “Right now I’m 153 pounds and just hanging out. I’ve been walking around for the last two months at 156. I’ve been under 160 all year though, so it’s been good. I like being lean. Man, some people were sending me some old pictures last night, andman, I was heavy. Back in my middleweight days and stuff. But yeah, I’m enjoying it. I’ve enjoyed being in shape this year.”
UFC Fight Night 103 takes place on Sunday, January 13 from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona with Yair Rodriguez and BJ Penn headlining.