It’s not clear if and when we’ll see BJ Penn fight again, but the legendary fighter has made known he will not be fighting at featherweight any longer.
Penn surprised many throughout the MMA world, when he returned to the Octagon for another run last year. After the former lightweight and welterweight champ dropped to featherweight in 2014, and was stopped by Frankie Edgar, Penn walked away from the sport.
But, in 2017, the Hawaiian star returned to the UFC’ featherweight division, and was taken out by Yair Rodriguez in January, before losing by decision to Dennis Siver in June. Since then, the 39 year-old Penn hasn’t announced he’s retiring, but we haven’t heard much from him either, in terms of another fight.
Well, recently BJ Penn.com’s Chris Taylor spoke with “The Prodigy”, and he asked Penn about rumors a bout with Suman Mokhtarian is in play for UFC 221. The event will take place on February 11th in Perth, Australia. Penn said “I wish”, before noting there are no plans of him fighting right now.
Then, Penn was asked whether he’d be interested in fighting on a UFC card in his home state of Hawaii. Reigning featherweight champ, and Hawaiian star Max Holloway has been relentlessly pushing the UFC to hold one in the beautiful state. Penn had this to say:
“Of course I would love to fight in Hawaii!” Penn said. “Hopefully the UFC and the state of Hawaii can come together and get it done. I know that Hawaiian fans are starving for a UFC event. It would be amazing.”
In addition, during the interview, Penn said this while discussing his future:
“I should have never fought at 145. It was a bad decision to move down in weight at my age. Maybe if I had made the move in my early twenties it would have been different. But I did not feel good at 145.”
During Penn’s prime, the consensus was that 155 was his ideal weight, even though he also won a title at 170. So, it sounds like if the right bout were tabled -not at 145- and it’s a fight for a card in Hawaii, then Penn will return to the Octagon. If not, it could be that Penn’s storied career has come to a close.