The MMA superstars from several years ago are slowly fading away. For B.J. Penn, the options are not as broad as they were at one point in time, like when he was at the top of the lightweight division and still a hot commodity at welterweight. He bulldozed through Jens Pulver, Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian, and Diego Sanchez. Now is it too late for “The Prodigy” to arrange a comeback and make a drastic turnaround in his UFC career?
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar put a stamp on his first win over Penn at UFC 112 with a decisive decision in the rematch at UFC 118, and fight fans weren’t sure where the fighting Hawaiian was supposed to go from there, having already been defeated by the welterweight champion and outworked in his own 155-pound domain twice. But now that the Answer has made his way down to featherweight, a possible title run for Penn isn’t completely out of the question. Penn’s last two losses to Nick Diaz and Rory MacDonald at welterweight removed him from the title picture at 170.
Penn (16-9, 12-8 UFC) has gone 1-4-1 in his last six bouts in the big show. He was contemplating retirement before the news broke on UFC Tonight.
If the Prodigy can come back to 155 pounds with the same vigor he displayed from 2007 to 2009, there’s still a chance he can make a run for the lightweight title.
We’ll have to wait to stay tuned to find out if the Hawaiian still has it.