It’s been more than a month since UFC icon B.J. Penn last updated fans on his future. Unfortunately, despite the amount of time that’s passed, “The Prodigy” doesn’t appear to have any new information to share other than to say he’s recently increased his training regiment though not necessarily based on any plants to enter the Octagon again in the immediate future.
“I am training, I’m starting to train a bit more…maybe starting to run, just do different things, for my health. But I’m a fighter deep inside,” explained the torn Penn in an interview with Fuel TV. “If I felt it…if it ever comes back…I’m not saying it’s gone. You know how being a fighter is. Your mind changes from time to time.”
Asked what factors he was considering in terms of a comeback, Penn simply stated the match-up needed to intrigue him and take place at 155 pounds.
“It’s gotta be right for me. There’s no sense in me going into the Octagon and getting beat up in front of everybody. That just doesn’t make any sense,” said the fan-favorite, also adding he wouldn’t be rushing into any rumble unless he was 100% committed. “No timetable. If everything comes together and in my head I feel good about coming back I would, but I don’t know what kind of timetable I can put on that.”
Penn, a former champion in two divisions, was 5-0 at lightweight during his most recent run as a 155er before losing back-to-back bouts (and his title) to Frankie Edgar. He has since gone 1-2-1 with the lone victory coming against former rival Matt Hughes.