Penn’s only target is the welterweight crown – Zelaznik


BJ Penn is only thinking about the UFC welterweight division, even though he has major revenge to exact on current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Penn heads into a real ‘pick-em’ fight with Jon Fitch at UFC 127, knowing victory could land him the chance to become welterweight king for the second time in his career.

It is an odd situation for The Prodigy, who moved up to the 170lb division after twice losing championship bouts to Edgar. Such setbacks leave question marks over Penn’s future plans, with suggestions that he could float between divisions, but UFC chief Marshall Zelaznik has no doubt about what currently dominates Penn’s mind.

“This is massive for BJ. He put his stamp on the welterweight division with the knockout of Matt Hughes and is looking to get back in line for the important fights,” Zelaznik told ESPN. “Jon Fitch is the same, he desperately wants that title shot and knows he needs to prove he is worthy of it.


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