http://www.tsn.ca/mma/story/?id=318268Fresh off losing the UFC lightweight title to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112, B.J. Penn has made it clear that he wants a rematch and the UFC appears willing to oblige.
"The UFC has already spoke to my camp and has already expressed some feeling that they are interested in having a rematch with me and Frankie," Penn told ESPN's MMA Live on Thursday.
Some reports have suggested the matchup could take place at UFC 118, which is expected to be held in Boston, Massachusetts in August.
"That's actually too long for me," expressed Penn. "I'm 31 years old, I want to get into the ring and I want to have as many fights as I can until I can't do this anymore."
Penn, who was undefeated at lightweight since 2002, had controlled the UFC lightweight belt since 2008. He was once again a heavy favourite heading into the bout with (The Answer) in Abu Dhabi, but Edgar used quick strikes and a steady pace to earn a unanimous decision.
"After the fight was finished, the first thing any fighter wants to do is get out of the ring as soon as possible and fight one of the top contenders, but the UFC they came back to us and they expressed interest in us rematching Frankie for the title," Penn stated.
"My focus right now has to be on Frankie Edgar. He edged me over there in Abu Dhabi and my focus has to be on Frankie Edgar. There's nothing else for me to think about right now."
UFC 118 has yet to be officially announced, but one other bout has been rumoured for the August event at the TD Garden. The fight would see top lightweight contenders Gray Maynard and Kenny Florian battle it out to see who is next in line to challenge for the title.