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B.J. Penn’s Return Delayed until UFC 197 in April

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Former UFC champion B.J. Penn is not giving up on another return to the Octagon.

He just won’t be making it until later this year.

Penn, in a blog posted on his personal website, confirmed plans to fight again this April at UFC 197. Originally, “The Prodigy” was to make his return at UFC 196 in March.

“I thought the fight guaranteed was going to happen because the UFC set up medicals for me to do,” Penn said. “I did the medicals and they were sending a film crew down and we were getting all that together and I assumed we were setting up the fight.

“But, at the end of the day, (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby called and said it would be more convenient for all of us to move the fight to April 23.”

The 37-year-old still has not revealed who his opponent will be, or if the change in date changed the planned foe. Penn has moved his training from Hawaii to New Mexico, working with the crew at Jackson-Wink MMA.

Penn (16-10-2) and Randy Couture are the only fighters in UFC history to wear championship gold in multiple weight classes, as he was a welterweight and lightweight titleholder. However, his last win came in 2010 when he defeated Matt Hughes and his last fight was two years ago vs. Frankie Edgar.

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