Future UFC Hall-of-Famer, BJ Penn made an appearance on ‘MMA Uncensored‘ last night to talk about a few things. Number one question on everyone’s mind – will he come out of retirement? For now the answer remains a resounding no. But that doesn’t mean there is no hope of the Prodigy’s return.
“You know, I’m starting to warm up to the idea. I get this question asked a lot. I’m starting to warm up to the idea, but I’m not in a rush to jump into a eight, 12 week camp, at the moment. Besides that, I’m just hanging out, training and taking it easy. I go in the gym. I do some jiu-jitsu. I do some different stuff. I stay away from getting punched in the head, a little bit.”
As for the current landscape in the lightweight division, Penn was inclined to chime in on the current title fight rematch coming up between the man he lost his title to, Frankie Edgar, and the new champion, Benson Henderson.
“Honestly, I don’t think he should have. He could make the case for it. He gave me a rematch. He had to give Gray (Maynard) the rematch, because they had a draw. I’d like to see Benson Henderson fight Nate Diaz. Fight someone else.”
Penn clarifies that he does not mean to offend Edgar, as he sees him as a great champion, but reflecting on his fight with Edgar – he believes it was a lack of focus on his part that made him lose.
“First of all, these are questions that are tough to answer because I don’t wanna take anything away from Frankie Edgar. He’s a champion. He’s a great champion. But, you know, it’s tough. I ask myself all the time, ‘What was up with that fight, B.J.?’ Talking to Mike (Straka), he said, ‘I didn’t know if you were gonna kill him or if you were gonna get killed.’ Just talking about it, I remember walking into the fight and walking out, and I remember one of the fans yelling, ‘GSP kicked your ass!’ I remember thinking, ‘I should kick his ass right now!’ With all that said, I know I wasn’t focused.”
Either way, the Prodigy is a missed asset to the sport. Should the multi-class champ return, it could be at either weight.
“I think anyone’s fine for me. A lot of people, they look at the different weight divisions and they say, ‘B.J., you gotta fight in this one.’ Or ‘This is your best one.’ Each weight class offers its difficulties. 170? They’re big and strong and slow. 155? They’re weaker, but they’re wiry and they’re fast. You just gotta prepare for both.”