Is B.J. Penn close to retirement?

We know the ambition of “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn (13-4-1). The UFC Lightweight Champion has moved up to the 170 lbs. limit to fight the UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre this coming Saturday. Let’s just say hypothetically B.J. wins the UFC Welterweight Title, he would then hold two UFC belts in two different weight classes at the same time. It has never been done before in MMA.

If B.J. Penn were to achieve that, what would be left for him? He has said in previous interviews that he would go back down to lightweight and defend that title. Would he then come back up to welterweight and try to keep putting on and cutting weight indefinitely? That seems unlikely.

In a recent interview in Men’s Lifestyle Penn hints at the fact he may be closer to retirement than many of us would like to think:

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Dana White UFC 94 video blog #3

In Dana’s UFC 94 video blog for 1-28-09 he makes the announcement for the new UFC line of gyms. Dana and crew get pulled over by the cops in NYC and we get a look inside some of the production for UFC 94 Primetime and Dana’s new Irish Mob TV series. Please like & share:

Tim McKenzie talks about move to UFC with ‘THE INFO’

Last year the Zuffa organization came to the dilemma that they would no longer be allowed to have lightweight and middleweight divisions in the UFC and WEC. A problem? Maybe, but for new UFC fighter Tim McKenzie (12-5 MMA, 3-3 WEC) this is more like a dream come true and an opportunity he has plans to take full advantage of.

Tuesday night Tim joined hosts Matt De La Rosa and ‘Fast Eddie’ Constantine at THE INFO – the official PRO MMA podcast, to discuss his newly found place in the UFC, his past fights, and future plans.

Tim McKenzie has been fighting mixed martial arts professionaly since November of 2001. He has fought big names such as Akihiro Gono, Doug Marshall, Chael Sonnen, Steve Cantwell, and even his own teammate Scott Smith. Finally after all his hard fought years he gets his shot in the UFC. “Oh, when I found that news out I was so excited, like I couldn’t sit still. I was ready to get in there and start training and find out who my next opponent was going to be,” McKenzie said.

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Is the WEC preparing to add female weight classes?

It appears that WEC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Condit, could be getting a transfer to the UFC. Parent company, Zuffa, owns both promotions.

The decision to move Condit to the UFC comes on the heels of his scheduled opponent for WEC 39 set for March 1, Brock Larson, having to pull out of the fight due to injury. Condit’s first UFC appearance could be a SPIKE TV televised main event versus Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, TN.

The same report indicates that the WEC will most likely go ahead and disband their entire welterweight division which would make sense if they are moving the champion to a different organization. Since Zuffa owns both promotions, UFC and WEC, it appears they are wanting to cut out all coinciding weight classes. The WEC already shut down their light heavyweight and middleweight classes and transferred most of their top fighters from those divisions to the UFC, so it appears the move with Condit fits right into the master plan.

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UFC 94 conference call

UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2 takes place this Saturday, Jan. 31st in Las Vegas, NV. It is one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history.┬áIn this UFC 94 conference call B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre, and Dana White answer questions from the media. Many topics are discussed such as how the higher … Read more

UFC 94: B.J. Penn interview (video)

B.J. Penn lays it all out in this pre-UFC 94 interview. B.J. says that he brings really good boxing, good Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a strong mental game and GSP brings good wrestling and good kickboxing but B.J. is unsure about GSP’s mental strength. He also says if he wins the UFC Welterweight Title from GSP, … Read more

THE INFO episode 9 – PRO MMA podcast featuring UFC Middleweight Tim McKenzie

This week’s edition of ‘THE INFO’ made up for last week’s absence. Matt De La Rosa, “Fast Eddie” Constantine and Denny “The Mad One” Hodge went over a big weekend of MMA. The WEC, Affliction, as well as an interview with UFC Middleweight, Tim McKenzie, highlighted this week’s show. “The Mad One” and “Fast Eddie” … Read more

Dana White UFC 94 video blogs #1 & 2

Only Dana White could bring in one of my childhood heroes, professional skatebaorder Mike Vallely, to skateboard with his kids. WTF?? This is Dana White’s first video blog (1-26-09) of UFC 94. Everyone is waiting to see if White will respond to the Affliction card and / or Jerry Millen’s recent comments about the UFC President.

Dana White UFC 94 Video Blog #2 after the jump…

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PRO MMA UFC 94 Pick Em’ Contest

Enter the PRO MMA ( UFC 94 Pick Em’ Contest sponsored by Chess Game Fight Gear and The History Channel. 1st Place – A pair of Chess Game Fight Gear professional Fight Shorts 2nd Place – First Season of the History Channel’s The Human Weapon DVD Box Set 3rd Place – UFC 44: Undisputed DVD … Read more