Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight champion BJ Penn appeared Thursday night on Spike TV's "MMA Uncensored Live" for a wide ranging interview. Among the topics covered was whether Frankie Edgar, who gave BJ an immediate rematch after defeating him, deserves a rematch against current Lightweight champion Benson Henderson, who in turn has defeated Edgar.
"Honestly, I don't think he should have. He could make the case for it. He gave me a rematch. He had to give Gray the rematch, because they had a draw. I'd like to see Benson Henderson fight Nate Diaz. Fight someone else."
"I got the rematch, some people say it was a close fight or not. Frankie's fight, I guess you could have made a case that he did well with Benson. But to me, I look at fights, I don't know who took the guy down more. I don't look at stuff like that. Who woke up in the morning and who was in more pain? I think Frankie Edgar was hurt the next morning. Benson told me he had his 'stunner shades' on. I think he probably got hurt more."
Penn went to discuss a potential return to the Octagon.
"You know, I'm starting to warm up to the idea. I get this question asked a lot. I'm starting to warm up to the idea, but I'm not in a rush to jump into a eight, 12 week camp, at the moment. Besides that, I'm just hanging out, training and taking it easy. I go in the gym. I do some jiu-jitsu. I do some different stuff. I stay away from getting punched in the head, a little bit."
In closing on the subject of his return, Penn declined to name a fighter he would like to face, citing the volatility in the division and his concern that a fighter might lose and then advocate for a fight. Penn even declined to name the division he might return to, if indeed he returns, saying both Lightweight and Welterweight offer unique difficulties - big and strong and slow vs. weaker but wiry and fast.
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