Following his unanimous decision loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 this past October, MMA legend B.J. Penn announced his retirement from fighting. Ever since then, there has been a constant clamoring for the 33-year-old’s return.
Until recently, The Prodigy has remained content in retirement, at least on the surface. UFC president Dana White has insisted lately that Penn wants back in the cage and today he reaffirmed that.
“He wants to come back,” White told gathered media after today’s UFC on FOX 3 presser (props to MMAJunkie).
Speaking about Penn coming out of retirement as though it’s a done deal, White said that he won’t try to persuade the veteran fighter to fight at any weight he doesn’t want to.
“I’m done with telling him where to go as far as weight goes,” White said. “The guy’s handled himself in both weight divisions, and if he wants to come back at 170 – plus you get to an age where cutting down to 155 just doesn’t make sense anymore.”
The UFC boss also insisted that he won’t rush The Prodigy’s return, saying that he’ll fight “whenever he’s ready” and no sooner.
Penn retired with a record of 16-8-2, the only man aside from Randy Couture to win UFC titles in two separate weight classes. As of now, the fighter has yet to comment on coming out of retirement.