BJ-Penn-UFC-107-Post-Presser-478x270Former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn is contemplating a return to fighting in the lightweight division.

UFC Tonight reports that “the door is still open” for Penn to “return to MMA in the near future.”

In fact, the 34-year-old Hawaiian is currently in training to assess whether or not he is “mentally and physically prepared to get back into this sport.”

Penn has bounced around weight classes throughout his career, but if he returns to fighting, it will be in the lightweight division.

Penn (16-9-2) made his professional mixed martial arts debut in the UFC on May 4, 2001, at UFC 31.  He fought in the inaugural UFC lightweight title fight at UFC 41 against Jens Pulver, losing by majority decision.

In his welterweight debut, he defeated former champion Matt Hughes at UFC 46.  He was later stripped of the title for accepting fights outside of the UFC.

He returned to the UFC in an unsuccessful run in the 170-pound division before dropping back down to the lightweight division, capturing the title and defending it twice.

While holding the lightweight belt, Penn moved back up to the welterweight division for a rematch with Georges St-Pierre.  He was soundly defeated, unlike in their first meeting at UFC 58.

He lost the lightweight title to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 and was defeated by Edgar in an immediate rematch at UFC 118.

After relinquishing the 155-pound title, Penn returned to the welterweight division, fighting Jon Fitch to a draw before losing his last two fights to Nick Diaz and Rory MacDonald.

UFC president Dana White recently stated that he wants the UFC veteran to retire.

The answer to whether or not Penn will return to fight is expected in the next couple of months.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos: A Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 27 days ago
  • 45 views

The heavyweight division is heating up leading into summer, and No. 4-ranked contender Ben Rothwell and No. 5-ranked Junior Dos Santos will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 86. This five-rou read news >>

Dodson-Gamburyan now featured FIGHT PASS bout for Fight Night Tampa

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

John Dodson’s return to the bantamweight division vs Manny Gamburyan is now the Featured Bout on the FIGHT PASS Early Prelims on April 16, as UFC FIGHT NIGHT emanates from Tampa, Florida. read news >>

Ben Rothwell on the Heavyweight Division: ‘A Lot of These Guys Are Cowards’

  • 24 days ago
  • 12 views

Heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell talks about his upcoming UFC Fight Night 86 bout against Junior dos Santos and the landscape of the heavyweight division. read news >>

Ben Rothwell Gets Chance to Win One for the Weird Against Junior Dos Santos

  • 24 days ago
  • 10 views

Even in a UFC heavyweight division renowned for its weirdness, Ben Rothwell stands apart. Set aside for a moment his late career swing into wizarding. Long before Rothwell went public with his commit read news >>

UFC Fight Night 86: Rothwell vs. Dos Santos Fight Card, TV Info and Predictions

  • 23 days ago
  • 20 views

The UFC's heavyweight division will be featured Sunday when the promotion travels to Zagreb, Croatia for UFC Fight Night 86. The headline bout is "Big" Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos, the former read news >>

BJ Penn Video: Retirement, Return, Missed Opportunities… and Star Wars

  • 23 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn talks about retirement, coming back, missed opportunities, and how Star Wars played a role in his comeback. read news >>

Junior Dos Santos Boxes Up Self-Made Supervillain Ben Rothwell at UFC FN 86

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

The UFC's heavyweight division can be a tricky thing. More often than not, wins and losses mean little more than a larger paycheck. A fighter can lose in devastating fashion and work their way back i read news >>

UFC event heavy on heavyweights pays off with some lessons on tricky division

  • 21 days ago
  • 11 views

UFC Fight Night 86 featured five heavyweight bouts, which in the recent past might have been a recipe for disaster. In Croatia it paid off, and in so doing gave us an interesting cross-section of a d read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk, TUF 23 and the State of the UFC Strawweight Division

  • 20 days ago
  • 16 views

The UFC is failing its strawweight fighters. There is no other way to look at its handling of the division. In the time since Bleacher Report rolled out the State of the Flyweight Division (the first read news >>

BJ Penn V Dennis Siver Announced for UFC 199: Latest Comments, Details, Reaction

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn will reportedly make his long-awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 199 on June 4, where he'll face featherweight Dennis Siver. That's according to MMAjunkie, while Kevin I read news >>