Not the slightest bit disheartened by the pummeling suffered at the hands of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre during UFC 94 in January of 2009, Penn reckons he had it coming to some extent.
“I think that everything happens for a reason in life. And I got my butt kicked,'” said Penn in a recent conversation with IGN. “Maybe I was saying some things I shouldn’t have been saying, so I got my butt kicked. With that said, everything happens for a reason. That’s why GSP has cheating tagged onto him. Everything is how it should be, life is perfect, life is always how it should be. Maybe I said some things that I shouldn’t have said, I got my butt kicked for that. And he has cheating attached to his name. That’s just exactly how life should be, exactly what happened I guess.”
When talk turned to the possibility of B.J. going up to 170 pounds in the near future, the future UFC hall of famer seemed more than optimistic about the idea.
“Yeah, I think there is a possibility of that,” said Penn. “I don’t in no way want to look past Frankie Edgar, he’s a good fighter. You never know what could happen. But if I go back to welterweight, maybe I’ll try to give it a run, maybe fight a couple of fights there, we’ll see how it goes.”
“I might try to do it permanent. We’ll see, I just don’t want to rush anything, just take my time and go out there and do my best.”