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Lightweight class not about to wait on Penn

What are the top 155-pound fighters to do when lightweight champ B.J. Penn has his sights set on challenging a welterweight? Fight each other, writes Myron Medcalf.

Originally Published: October 27, 2008
By Myron Medcalf | Special to ESPN.com

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- If the lightweight division were a bank lobby, then B.J. Penn just walked in and told everyone to stick their hands in the air.

The king of the 155-pounders has chosen to test his skills against welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre in early 2009. But some of Penn's colleagues feel like he's holding the division hostage until he decides to return to the lightweight division to defend his crown.

"In some way, definitely, I think some of the lightweights believe ...

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