It is about time! With the recent fight finalizing between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn, all I can say is that it is about time that Penn steps back into the Octagon. The return of Penn is something to be revered and worried about. I am personally worrying because this contest will be fought at featherweight, which is a class that Penn has never competed at. For a guy who once competed at light-heavyweight, this would seem insane. Instead, Penn is assuring everyone that the weight will be made without incident. This only makes me more excited because I think that we are dealing with the mythical “motivated” Penn.
Throughout his career, Penn has been praised and lambasted. He has had criticism thrown at him because some fans think that he never really trained for a fight; he would simply show up and beat the other guy because of God-given talent and not through hard work. That is pretty nuts when you think of it, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. While I do agree that he probably took some opponents lighter than he should have, I do not think that he is doing this with Edgar. Penn is going to have to be seriously motivated to make the weight cut, and this shows that he wants the win.
I say we see what Penn can do in the new division; with the resurgence of fighters like Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler, I say that we give the old dogs one more go. Let’s root for the old underdog and really see if Penn has still got it to throw down with the little guys.