Is Josh Koscheck the Fighter to Pull BJ Penn Back into the UFC Octagon?

May 17, 2012
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BJ Penn at UFC 137Following his last fight, a loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 late last year, B.J. Penn all but signed his retirement papers.

“I’ve got a daughter, another daughter on the way, I don’t want to go home looking like this. I’m done,” he said before he walked out of the Octagon, his face battered and bruised.

Penn has since waffled on whether or not he is truly done, saying he’s enjoying life as a retired fighter, but falling short of saying that he would never return.

UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva, however, are working their magic, trying to make it as difficult as possible for Penn to walk away for good. Knowing it is going to take more than just a typical fight to light a fire in the Hawaiian, they are dangling rather large carrots in front of him.

Having already tried to talk Penn into a fight against Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce lightweight title – an offer he declined – it now appears that a bout with Josh Koscheck is in the offing.

“UFC just offered me to fight BJ Penn…I said YES!!!!!” Koscheck wrote on his official Twitter account on Wednesday night. “Just waiting on him!!!!!! Let’s scrap bra?”

There was no immediate response from Penn, who has been rather calculated of late. He put a lot of thought, together with his team, into the Melendez offer prior to turning it down. He’s likely to do the same with any offer to fight Koscheck.

Will B.J. Penn come out of the shadows and back into the limelight to face Koscheck, or is the Hawaiian truly ready to settle down with his family and ride the waves crashing onto the shores of his Hawaiian home?


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  • Mario

    I’d love to see B.J. fight again, he’s a true legend.

    But I’m also ok with him staying retired. If the man wants to be with his family, let him.

    Nothing wrong with that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tommyblingshyne thomasabrams

    dont like BJ at WW…much prefer him at LW…but then again, he may be better suited for one off “big” fights in whichever weight class they come…

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

    B J is done, he has been done for years. People get older, it’s just life. Kos would;d kill him.

  • adam1848

    I think this is a horrible match up for BJ. Nothing good comes from this fight. He is undersized and Kos would probably just lay on top of him and grind like GSP did. BJ should stay retired, or ask Aldo to meet him at 55. That would be a good fight!

  • Dayrelphareal

    Bj please come back and give it your all in training to show the world who’s really the best p4p 155er is. Mahalo

  • shakejunt

    a lion never hunts by picking out the most challenging prey…

    kos just wants a payday and bj is an easy target

  • markrenton

    I’ve always been a huge BJ fan and would love to see him beat up Koscheck, however this is not a great match up for him. There’s a reason why Koscheck wants this fight so bad…big money to wrestle a smaller guy and lay on top of him (Just like GSP did in their 2nd fight). BJs 33 years old now and the Diaz fight proved his days of fighting the best welterweights in the world may, unfortunately be over.

  • dderizzo

    B.J. is a “******” Legend. He was one of the toughest fighters ever. Every one gets older ,but he still is ” The Man”, love him.If he wants to stay home and be a family man, god bless him, he can be the best father , I”m sure. If Dana is any leader, he would offer B.J. a Big Job with the #1 sport……….UFC.Do the right thing DANA……