Don’t cross BJ Penn’s (Pictured) name off the Octagon’s roster just yet. Despite stating just one week ago that he would remain retired, UFC president Dana White claims Penn told him that he’s interested in resuming his illustrious career.
“I heard some [expletive] that he said he was going to retire and all this stuff,” White shared following Saturday’s UFC 145 post-event press conference. “I talked to him and he’s like, ‘Nah, I want to fight again.'”
Penn has sent mixed messages regarding his future since calling it quits after losing to Nick Diaz at UFC 137. One week after October’s abrupt retirement, the Hawaiian said he would return “if it interests me, if it excites me.”
However, the 33-year-old slammed the door on that chatter by stating last week that he’s more intrigued with chasing his two infant daughters around than another UFC title.
“I can’t see the scenario that would get me to come back,” Penn expressed. “I’m going to sit back and watch all the other guys kick butt in the Octagon.”
Penn owns a 16-8-2 professional record. He is the only athlete to don both the UFC welterweight and lightweight titles.