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BJ Penn ‘Warming Up’ to a UFC Return

Posted on by Ken Pishna

BJ Penn at UFC 107The is he, isn’t he saga of a B.J. Penn return to the Octagon continues.

It seems almost every day that there is a new rumor about Penn’s UFC return. One minute he’s happily retired, enjoying family life, while the next there’s a plan mapped out to draw him back to the fight game.

There is some truth to rumors that he could be returning, but nothing as definitive as fans of the Hawaiian might hope.

“I’m kind of warming up to the idea a little,” Penn told Jay Glazer on a recent edition of UFC Tonight.

“I haven’t really made up my mind either way.”

The one thing he was definite about was that a return to fighting isn’t in his immediate future. “No time table. It ain’t gonna be any time in the next couple months, that’s for sure.”

Josh Koscheck recently took to Twitter, saying that he had been offered a fight against Penn, but nothing ever came of it. Penn retorted on his Twitter account that he wasn’t coming back “anytime soon,” sticking to the line he toed on UFC Tonight.

Prior to the Koscheck speculation, UFC president Dana White confirmed a fight had been in the works to have Penn challenge Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, but he turned that down, as well.

So if he’s “warming up” to the idea of a return, what would it take to get Penn back in the Octagon?

“I don’t want any freebie fights,” he stated. “I would like to put together a fight that makes sense, one, for everybody. And number two, a big fight that people would be interested in and they want to watch.”

Just who that might be, Penn fell short of answering, although he sounded as if he was leaning towards lightweight as his division of choice if he were to return.

Glazer kept pressing Penn for a definitive answer, but all he got was a definite “maybe.”

So the world keeps turning and Penn fans keep wondering if the legendary fighter will ever set foot in the Octagon again.


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  • RubeKegal

    BJ was a great fighter but lacks heart to be a champion.

    • Prodigy815

      BJ was champion in two weight classes

      • RubeKegal

        I mean currently asswipe

  • LordUndead

    155 please…no more welterweight

  • Mike_Oxafloppin

    I really wish he would just take the idea of weight cutting seriously. I believe BJ could easily make 145 considering he walks around at 160-163 lbs, at featherweight he’d be a f*cking beast.

    • Anthony

      Mike, Ive been saying the same thing for eva. Could you imagine BJ vs. Aldo?–talk about a super fight!!!!!!!

      • Bob

        Penn vs. Aldo would be epic!

        Just please no fights at 170!

      • Orthodoxxx

        A couple years I ago I would’ve said BJ would destroy Aldo. These days I’m not so sure.

  • shakejunt

    I think Serra would be a good fight for the fans and it has enough name value to put on a main card, but that’s the only fight I’d like to see him take at WW.

    • RubeKegal

      Read my mind…Penn vs. Serra would be a great fight. Well, Penn would prob kick Serra’s arse, but who doesn’t fancy seein that stump get his tail waxed??

  • BizzleZX10R

    He would only come back for a fight people would want to see?

    I’m pretty sure that Gilbert vs Penn would be a fight worth watching.

    Penn vs Maynard
    Penn vs Guida
    Penn vs Nate Diaz
    Penn vs Pettis

    Theres a shit ton of fights that we would all love to see him in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003311915309 georgesperry

    BJ is just ruining his legacy. It’s starting to look like Ali and Tyson now. Maybe he needs the money.
    He was great and a whole half generation will only remember the unmotivated overweight BJ.
    It’s his life, his legacy….

    • 808empire

      Georgesperry……
      You should put more mat time in, and less hop scotch.
      Obviously you know nothing about BJ!!
      Stoopid!!!!!
      BJ does not need the money…….

  • hitman13

    If you knew anything about BJ, he doesn’t need the money.
    I would like to see him back because comes to scrap!

  • Anthony

    You know if BJ did beat Aldo, hed be the first ever 3 wt class champion(45,55 and 70)–That could be the greatest accomplishment by a UFC fighter ever. It would be worth it for him to diet his balls off, make 145, , win the belt , THEN call it a career. Now that really would be epic.

  • dgs

    BJ always makes for an interesting fight, but at this point I don’t think he would defeat any of the top fighters in the 155 or 170 weight classes. Like I said, he’ll give anyone a run for their money, but I personally do not feel he is championship material any longer.

    For the past few years, BJ has been content to rest more on his natural talent to get him by, than putting in the super hard work it takes to be a champion. As an example, I really believe BJ is a better fighter than Frankie Edgar, but Edgar beat him twice in a row because he simply worked harder and wanted it more.