It looked like the first ballot Hall of Famer would be returning to the UFC as a lightweight if at all before Penn surprised the world by revealing he was headed down to 145 pounds. Penn’s main motivation for the move relates to his desire to try and avenge two losses to Frankie Edgar. Even worse, he’s not all that likely to stick around in the division for long assuming he doesn’t retire for good in the wake of another defeat. For a man who fought at welterweight for most of his career in hopes of avoiding the rigors of dieting, competing at featherweight is a head-scratcher and not something fans were calling for in the least bit. Sadly, I fear “The Prodigy” is on the cusp of further tarnishing a brilliant career in which he’s been his own worst enemy.
Though the recent shift in strategy around these parts has been difficult, rest assured the importance of the 5 OZ community hasn’t been forgotten or their plethora of thought-provoking opinions either. From here on out, the 10-Point Must will make a weekly appearance where I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from the future of a few fighters to some recently-booked rumbles to the tragic death of Leandro Souza. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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