The UFC UK president, Zelaznik, during a recent interview cast his eye over the state of the lightweight division. before Penn attempts to reclaim his title against Frankie Edgar, Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard fighting for the right to become No. 1 contender in August’s UFC 118 card, which features something of a 155lb tournament.
With Florian or Maynard earning the title shot, a win for Edgar would make matters simple. Having never beaten Maynard before, a victory for Penn and Maynard would also hand the Prodigy a new challenge. However, when the Prodigy dominated Florian, and Zelaznik admits that scenario might not prove so straight-forward, triumphs for Penn and Florian would set up a rematch of their clash 12 months ago.
He said, “Penn and Florian only recently happened, and it was a pretty overpowering performance from BJ. Depending on the BJ v Frankie fight, if BJ takes a narrow victory there is the potential for a trilogy between them. If Frankie were to win, it’s very easy to say the winner of Florian v Maynard fights for the championship. But, if BJ wins and Florian wins, then it puts pressure on the match-making. That then puts the possibility of BJ stepping up a weight class back on the table.”