Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn (pictured) is cutting his retirement short … again.
Penn officially announced his return to mixed martial arts Tuesday on “The MMA Hour.”
“I want to go get that 145-pound belt,” Penn stated. “That’s definitely a huge motivation for me. I believe with Greg Jackson’s help, I can get that done. And I believe that I will be able to walk away as the only man with three titles in three weight divisions.”
Penn and Nik Lentz have been going to war on Twitter recently, but Penn gave his nemesis until the end of the day to accept his challenge or the offer is pulled.
Penn initially called it quits after getting blasted by Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in October 2011. He decided to return to the cage 14 months later, but was once again was steamrolled, this time at the hands of contender Rory MacDonald.
Instead of walking away again, Penn decided to try and reinvent himself by dropping to featherweight. Unfortunately for Penn, Frankie Edgar rained on his parade and sent him on another trip to the retirement home – but not before thrashing his face with firsts and elbows.
It was arguably the worst Penn had ever looked during his UFC Hall of Fame career.
Now 37, Penn thinks he can make a final (probably) run at a title.
“The Prodigy” owns a 16-10-2 professional record. He hasn’t won a fight since knocking out a well-past-his-prime Matt Hughes in November 2010.
Penn is one of only two UFC fighters to don titles in two different weight classes.