UFC President Dana White talked about former UFC champion B.J. Penn after the conclusion of UFC 145, giving fans a bit of news they’d long been hoping to hear. Though Penn talked about his career as recently as last week and made it seem that he was ready to remain retired, White explained those statements were not the same ones “The Prodigy” revealed to him.
“I heard some (expletive) that he said he was going to retire and all this stuff,” White said to MMAJunkie after the post-event presser. “I talked to him, and he’s like, ‘I want to fight again.'”
Penn announced his retirement following a loss to Nick Diaz last year inside the Octagon. The 33-year old is 16-8-2 in his career, including 12-7-2 in the UFC.
White added he’s in talks with Penn regarding his future in the UFC. Past reports have mentioned an event in Hawaii with Penn being an obvious choice for a headlining slot seeing that he is a native of the islands.
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MMATraining Take: Penn’s future seems to be a very big discussion right now, as the lightweight division is stacked. Penn could also return to welterweight, as he has competed there before. Getting him back inside the Octagon would provide the UFC with another star to promote, and allow them to pair him with a young prospect or two in either the UFC or even Strikeforce.