“I heard some s— that he said he was going to retire and all this stuff,” White said following Saturday’s UFC 145 post-event presser in Atlanta. “I talked to him, and he’s like, ‘I want to fight again.'” White added, “We’re talking.”
Most fans of the sport will remember BJ Penn’s 11 year fight career that included him holding titles at both 155lbs and at 170lbs. In October of 2011, after dropping a decision loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137, BJ gave a heartfelt, post-fight speech inside the Octagon to Joe Rogan where he said he was going to take time to be with his family and retire.
The news of Penn’s return comes just a week after Penn gave an interview to FUEL TV saying he would stay retired. BJ was quoted as saying:
“I haven’t made any plans to come back and fight again. Dana White has called me a few times, but I’m staying retired.”
“I’m opening the UFC BJ Penn Gym in Oahu. I’m still training and teaching in my gym.”
“I can’t see the scenario that would get me to come back. I’m going to sit back and watch all the other guys kick butt in the Octagon.”
If BJ Penn does return, whether it’s to fight in Strikeforce or the UFC, he truly is a fan favorite who many would love to see go out with a bang, and not a whimper. In his last 5 fights, he had one win and 3 losses (2 to Frankie Edgar) with 1 draw vs Jon Fitch.