Here’s an interesting interview with Joe Lauzon where he basically says he’s not willing to trade training with BJ Penn for a title shot against him:
“I would much rather be part of the team here than go off and fight B.J.,” Lauzon said. “I am looking long term and I don’t think B.J. wants to hang around 155 for very long anyways.”
I’d say it’s definitely a good idea on Joe’s part because there’s no way in hell he’s anywhere near good enough to challenge Penn. Maybe a few years from now, but as he said, by then it might not be an issue any more.
As for how long Penn plans on sticking around at lightweight, you have to hope it’s going to be for at least 2 more fights after the Sherk fight. What’s the point of winning the belt at all if you’re not going to stick around and defend it a few times? Guys like Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell proved that defending the belt is how you develop a legacy.