The answer to whether or not iconic former champion B.J. Penn has changed his mind regarding a return to the Octagon should receive an update in the coming days after “The Prodigy” was apparently offered a bout by the UFC. Penn unexpectedly retired last October after losing a fight to Nick Diaz and deciding he wanted to spend his immediate future with family/friends rather than training like a world-class athlete.
News surrounding Penn’s potential comeback surfaced on Twitter when welterweight Josh Koscheck posted, “UFC just offered me to fight BJ Penn….I said YES!!!! Just waiting on him!!!!!! Let’s scrap bra?”
No date/location were mentioned for the possible match-up.
In addition to teasing a tilt the statement also indicates Penn will be returning at 170 pounds, not 155 as many had hoped, and Koscheck’s eye-socket was not as damaged as it appeared to be in his recent meeting with Johny Hendricks.
Penn holds an overall record of 16-8 and is a former welterweight title-holder but has struggled to find success consistently in the division over the past few years. Likewise, the 17-6 Koscheck has challenged for the belt before but never won it, going 6-4 over his last ten tussles.
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