Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ Penn hung up his gloves in December after losing to Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision. It wasn’t the first time he retired, following a loss to Nick Diaz the previous year he also gave retirement a try. He came back.
It’s been seven months since the fight against MacDonald and this week Penn spoke about the possibility of making another return to the Octagon:
“I’m still just hanging out, honestly. At this moment, my guess is probably a little better than yours, but I don’t know. I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I am training. I’m starting to train a bit more, for my health a lot. I’m a fighter, I’m a fighter deep inside. If I felt it, if it ever comes back — not saying that it’s gone — I don’t know.
You know how being a fighter is, your mind changes from time-to-time. Of course I’m looking, Anderson (Silva) he’s 39 and he’s in there fighting, I’m like ‘I’m 34, why can’t I fight again?’ It’s gotta be right. There’s no sense in me going back into the Octagon and getting beat up in front of everybody, that just doesn’t make any sense.”
Would you like to see Penn make a return?