It was recently announced a few weeks ago that former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn would be returning to the UFC as a featherweight. Many fans speculated as to whether the 34 year-old Hawaiian was capable of making the weight cut. Rest assured, when B.J. Penn has his mind set on something, it usually gets done.
According to UFC president Dana White, Penn is making tremendous progress. White sounded more than enthusiastic regarding Penn’s return to professional fighting:
“First of all, everyone is questioning his weight? He’s almost there now,” White said. “Wait till you see how skinny he is, it’s crazy. BJ is one of those guys, once he sets his mind to something this is what he’s decided to do. He believes he’s going to rip through these guys and win that title and I love that. That’s what I want guys here for. That’s why when the older guys try and come back, I ask ‘why?’ You’re at this age, you’ve accomplished so many things, look what BJ Penn has accomplished. BJ Penn built the 155 pound division at a time when people used to go, ‘Oh those guys are too small, we don’t want to see the small guys fight. Those guys will never be a pay-per-view draw.’ BJ was one of the biggest PPV draws in the UFC at the time.”
B.J. Penn holds wins over many notable MMA fighters such as Jens Pulver, Matt Serra, Takanori Gomi, Matt Hughes, Rodrigo Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez, and a draw with Jon Fitch. He lost his last two fights via unanimous decision to Nick Diaz and Rory Macdonald, and he even said he wanted to retire from the sport altogether. However, for whatever reason, he has recently regained interest in fighting again.
Fans will just have to wait and see what the new B.J. Penn has to offer.