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.
From Around the Web

Related News

Brendan Schaub considering a drop down to UFC's light heavyweight division

  • 28 days ago
  • 23 views

After suffering back-to-back defeats at heavyweight, a change in scenery might not be a bad idea. Will "Big Brown" soon be known as "Kinda Big Brown?" Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight read news >>

UFC 184: Alan Jouban vs. Richard Walsh video highlights

  • 26 days ago
  • 18 views

LOS ANGELES – The UFC’s welterweight division may have another up-and-coming prospect to watch out for. Check out the highlights of Alan Jouban’s big win. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 184: 5 Fights for Tony Ferguson

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

The UFC's lightweight division is filled with men who are poised to make a charge at the current title holder, Anthony Pettis. Tony Ferguson is in such a position. After an impressive win at UFC 184, read news >>

Anthony Pettis expects to be the next BJ Penn, new king of UFC pay-per-view

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who defends his title later this month against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185, is not content to simply rule the roost at 155 po read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62's Ryan LaFlare believes he can beat anyone in the welterweight division

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

When Ryan LaFlare meets Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 62 it will be the biggest fight of his career and a situation in which he believes he belongs.Filed under: Featured Videos, Ne read news >>

State of the Union: UFC Lightweight Division

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 views

In preparation for lightweight title contention on March 14th, UFC Middleweight Josh Samman takes a look at the king of the mountain, as well as the top ten challengers looking to dethrone him. Champ read news >>

Report: Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves targeted for late May

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 views

Two mainstays of the UFC welterweight division, Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves, could be facing off at UFC Fight Night 67 in May. It appears that former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condi read news >>

Carla Esparza vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Winner, Scorecard, Reaction from UFC 185

  • 13 days ago
  • 46 views

The UFC Women's Strawweight division has its second champion in just five months. Joanna Jedrzejczyk took the distinction from Carla Esparza via second-round TKO at the co-main event of UFC 185 in Da read news >>

UFC 185 results: Rafael dos Anjos gets last laugh, turns lightweight division upside down

  • 13 days ago
  • 4 views

When he took the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title from Ben Henderson back in late 2013, Anthony Pettis promised mixed martial arts (MMA) fans he would never again get Guida'd. W read news >>