He may not be “the prodigal son” but he is “The Prodigy” and he is returning!

After a brief retirement it looks like B.J. Penn will be making his way back to the Octagon in the next few months after accepting a challenge from 22-year old phenom Rory MacDonald. The 13-1 Canadian called Penn out earlier this week on a radio show, opening the door for the fan-favorite to announce he was open to the idea by way of his website.

It is believed the two will fight on September 22 at UFC 152 in Toronto.

Penn holds an overall record of 16-8 with wins over a number of notable adversaries such as Sean Sherk, Diego Sanchez, and Matt Hughes. He hung his gloves up this past October after a decision drumming courtesy of Nick Diaz but had changed course in recent weeks, expressing a willingness to come back to the cage if an opponent intrigued him.


MMATraining Take: I have mixed emotions on this matter. While I’m glad Penn is returning, I’m not thrilled about him coming back at welterweight (where he’s generally stunk) or against a guy like MacDonald (who lacks mainstream name value and is a huge threat to beat him).