Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Gray Maynard just failed in his second attempt to take the lightweight title from Frankie Edgar, but he's still one of the top lightweights in the world.
BJ Penn belongs at 155 pounds, where he made his career. At 170, he carries a lot of excess fat and usually has to deal with a severe reach and size disadvantage. This was exploited by both Jon Fitch and Nick Diaz in his last two bouts.
While Penn may not deserve another shot at Frankie Edgar, he still can serve as a tough test for the division's top fighters.
Maynard makes for a good matchup because of his great wrestling coupled with his heavy hands, which would be an excellent test for Penn's great chin and ground game.