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BJ Penn hoping to make a comeback

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By Stephanie Lum - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Mixed martial arts fans in Hawaii are abuzz with excitement over a much-anticipated fight.

Many can't wait to see Hilo native BJ Penn in action once again. He's the reigning UFC lightweight champion of the world.

The last time we saw Penn in action, he was on the losing end of a fight dominated by welterweight champ George St. Pierre.

Come Saturday, Penn is looking to bounce back from that bout and show everyone that he's still one of the best in the world when he defends his title against Kenny Florian in Philadelphia.

"I look at Kenny Florian he's a great fighter and you know he can submit you but we're going to just have to see on this night," said Penn.

Florian says he's coming to the ring with one mission in mind.

"There's a lot of things I need to accomplish in this sport. My arrival starts now and this is it. This is my opportunity to become world champion," said Florian.

Is it an even-match-up? Penn has won his last seven fights in the lightweight division. Florian comes to the bout on a six fight win streak of his own.

"You can go and make all these claims and say you're going to do all these things you are going to be in the same position that I was so we'll see how you like it cause it's not going be easy," said Penn.

"The belt isn't exactly what I want. What's even more than that are those skills right now. He's (Penn's) considered the best in the world and I have the opportunity to beat him a guy everyone says is unbeatable at 155. It's time to test that," said Florian.

Penn hasn't lost a fight in the lightweight division since 2002, and he doesn't plan on having that streak snapped anytime soon.

We'll find out Saturday when the two opponents face off at UFC 101 in Philadelphia.

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