For the second time in just a few months former lightweight champion BJ Penn spoke with ESPN today to promote his latest fight.

The first time was back in August prior to his rematch with Frankie Edgar, and this time round it was his upcoming rubber match with Matt Hughes at UFC 123 this Saturday night that was the topic of conversation.

The first question he was asked was why he was getting back into the cage so soon after the loss to Edgar.

“I just got that bug, I wanna fight. I’m 31 right now, I just want to do this for a few more years and I want to stay as active as I can. I’m just excited. I’m excited to fight, I’m excited to be there. I wanna be in the octagon, I wanna be in front of the fans and I wanna get a win under my belt.”

Still, despite his desire to get back into the cage again, taking just a few months to make the move up a division to welterweight may seem a little hasty. So why did he agree to do it the host questioned?

“They asked me about a catchweight and if that was something I was thinking about, but we already did the first two fights at 170, and it wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t fight at 170 again. I’m fine with it, I’m in great shape. I’ve had 190lb training partners kicking my butt and getting me ready for this fight. I feel like I haven’t missed a beat and I’m ready to do this.”

There’s often been talk about ‘The Prodigy’s’ legacy, but Penn himself isn’t concerning himself with that.

“I really don’t care about it. I care about it as you never want to lose, but I know I’ll get my chance again. I plan on going out and beating Matt Hughes and honestly, I know in my heart that I’ll be lightweight champion again.”

So is he planning a quick return to 155lbs after this fight or will he stay at 170lbs? It seems that the Hawaiian is not too fussy.

“I’m probably stuck somewhere in between, but it doesn’t matter. We can get down at 170lbs or 155lbs, it doesn’t make a difference to me.”

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