("All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, the blood of my opponents, and I’m fine." Photo courtesy of Fight!)
BJ Penn isn’t exactly the most prolific fighter in the world; over the last three years, the Prodigy has only made six appearances in the Octagon. But now that he’s entered his 30s, the UFC lightweight king has vowed that his long layoffs are over, and he’s ready to get back in the cage sooner rather than later. As he told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald:
"It’s gonna happen, hopefully within the next two, two-and-a-half months. I’m 30 now and I’m hoping to get a couple of more fights in. I know they say that in MMA, people peak later, but who knows? My whole career, fighting from age 20 to 30, I’ve gotten into real good shape and gotten out of shape and started getting back into shape again. I don’t want to do that anymore. Here I am. I’m in shape. I want to have fun for a couple of days, take some time off, eat some good food
, and then I want to get right back into all that stuff."
On the topic of imminent challenger Diego Sanchez, Penn was respectful, though perhaps a little distracted:
"He’s really good; he’s really explosive. He’s shown that he has some knockout power and he’s a very good grappler. He’s very hungry; he’s shown that he wants to be a champion someday. This is an important fight…I’d like to get a fight with St. Pierre again, but now that Diego Sanchez is next, once we get the word from Dana White, that’s what we’re gonna be thinkin’ about."
Who knows why Penn would want a third fight with such a blatant cheater, but we have a feeling that a long, whiny campaign for Penn/St. Pierre III is on the horizon if Penn can score a definitive victory over Sanchez later this year. Hopefully, Dana White will reject the idea. Otherwise, it’s up to Sanchez to bring Penn back down to reality and keep BJ in the lightweight division where he belongs.