B.J. Penn, who is a local celebrity in Hawaii, spoke to the Honolulu Advertiser and said he’s been talked with about defending his title next on the 4/10 show in Abu Dhabi. My gut is they won’t decide his opponent until after the Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz fight on 1/11, with Maynard likely getting the shot with a win, and Frankie Edgar as the best bet to get a shot if Maynard loses. He said he’s getting a raise to $250,000 guaranteed and a $150,000 win bonus, plus PPV points, starting with his next match. We never got what he earned for the Diego Sanchez match, but for the Kenny Florian match, his previous bout, it was $125,000 to show, $125,000 more for the win, plus a percentage of the PPV (which would probably mean well in excess of $1.5 million overall). He likely earned significantly less for Sanchez because the buy rate wasn’t as big, but he still did very well. Penn had the impression his fight after Abu Dhabi would be at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, and wanted it to be with Georges St. Pierre, figuring they would need a fight like that to sell 40,000 tickets.