BJ Penn is going to do something pretty cool as he heads into coaching the Ultimate Fighter 19 against Frankie Edgar when he cuts down to 145lbs, making it his fifth weight class that he’ll compete in. Yes, you read that correctly, fifth. Technically it is hard to say that he fought at “Heavyweight” against Lyoto Machida in Japan, as Penn weighed 191lbs, but it’s still incredible to think that he has competed at “Heavyweight,” Middleweight, Welterweight, Lightweight and now Featherweight. Especially considering that he has been UFC Champion in both Lightweight and Welterweight.
For those of you worried about BJ Penn being able to make Featherweight, Dana White assured everyone that BJ was “almost there” already.
“First of all, everyone is questioning his weight? He’s almost there now. Wait till you see how skinny he is, it’s crazy. BJ is one of those guys, once he sets his mind to something this is what he’s decided to do. He believes he’s going to rip through these guys and win that title and I love that. That’s what I want guys here for. That’s why when the older guys try and come back, I ask ‘why?’ You’re at this age, you’ve accomplished so many things, look what BJ Penn has accomplished. BJ Penn built the 155 pound division at a time when people used to go, ‘Oh those guys are too small, we don’t want to see the small guys fight. Those guys will never be a pay-per-view draw.’ BJ was one of the biggest PPV draws in the UFC at the time.”