Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn has always had a rabidly loyal fanbase. So, it’s come as no surprise that there’s been a very vocal group of MMA fans clamoring for the fiery Hawaiian’s return to the cage ever since he announced his retirement in October.
Penn himself has been consistent so far in declaring his contentment with retirement, but his fans now have something new to hold onto courtesy UFC president Dana White.
Following last night’s UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans post-fight press conference, White spoke with several media sources and indicated that The Prodigy must be playing coy in the public eye by denying his desire to fight, as he’s been telling the UFC boss something different.
“I heard some s*** that he said he was going to retire and all this stuff,” White said (via MMAJunkie). “He was like, ‘Nah, I’m going to fight again.'”
White added only that the two are “talking.”
Retired with a record of 16-8-2, Penn’s career mark belies his many accomplishments in the sport. The only man next to Randy Couture to have captured two UFC titles in two separate weight classes, Penn is destined for the UFC Hall of Fame whether he returns to action and his winning ways or not.
He announced his retirement after losing a unanimous decision to Nick Diaz at UFC 137.