The walking legend from Hilo, BJ Penn is not ready to call it quits, despite comments from his boss Dana White, calling for his retirement during the UFC 160 post-fight scrum.
“B.J. is too tough for his own good,” White said. “B.J. might not get knocked out, but the shots that B.J. took would have knocked out a normal human being. He’s had his head bounced off the canvas like a basketball by Matt Hughes, Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald just did it to him. B.J. Penn has left that Octagon looking like a fucking alien. He’s too tough for his own good. You don’t knockout B.J. Penn — he absorbs every amount of punishment you give him. It doesn’t mean he hasn’t taken any damage … he’s taken a lot of damage. And I don’t want to see him take any more.”
Likely in response to White’s remarks; Penn’s camp has let it be known that “The Prodigy” is currently in training for a possible lightweight return after a 1-2-1 run at 170, as verified on UFC Tonight by Ariel Helwani. A former champion of both divisions, Penn has spent majority of his career at lightweight where he has experienced the most success. Question is, will we see the 34-year-old former dominant champ return to his winning ways or is the new generation advancing too quickly?
Photo by Ken Pishna of MMAWeekly